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A Rough Guide.

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They say that there’s no guide to parenting. That’s true in a sense. Obviously, every baby is different. We all grow up to be individual and unique people, so it makes sense that this would start when we’re children. That being said, there are certain “universal truths” when it comes to motherhood. There are certain cheat codes and hacks to mastering the art of bringing up your baby well. This rough guide might help you to prepare for motherhood, whether you’ve just found out you’re pregnant or you’re in the eighth month of your pregnancy.

Giving birth.
Let’s be honest: giving birth is one of the hardest parts of motherhood. Yes, you have to raise that child for the next eighteen years or so, but the first step is arguably the most stressful. If you’ve yet to give birth then this is something for which to really prepare. And we’re not just talking about preparing for the physical pain (nobody can prepare themselves for that); we’re talking about preparing yourself for the finer details. You might not be aware that there can be a lot of water when it breaks; it’s worth getting some towels for the car journey to the hospital. Additionally, you might not be aware that there’s still a little more work to go after popping your little miracle out. The placenta doesn’t always come with the baby; sometimes, it can require a little more pushing to get it out. It’s worth being prepared for these things.
You should also be prepared for the birth of your child by getting to know your doctor throughout the pregnancy. This can be an emotional and challenging time, but it’s comforting to know that the same medical professional will be with you throughout the duration of the journey. Of course, it’s also important to ensure that you’ll have a professional team working with you. It’s just one less thing to worry about. If you have any doubts before or after the birth with regards to the professional conduct in the hospital then you should definitely weigh up your options. You might even want to consult a birth injury lawyer if you think your child might have suffered an injury as the result of malpractice in the hospital. It’s important that you do your research so as to ensure that you know how the process should go. You might not be a doctor, but you can certainly learn enough to know what a healthy birth should look like.
Taking classes.
If you’re really feeling overwhelmed by the thought of the adult responsibilities you’re going to have shortly then it might be worth taking some classes to put your mind at ease. This won’t just be helpful from an educational standpoint; it’ll also be helpful from an emotional standpoint. You’ll be surrounded by other women who are expecting babies soon. It’s really important to have a strong support network throughout your pregnancy. You have the help of friends and family, obviously, but other pregnant women can really relate to your feelings and emotions. In terms of the specific classes you should take, basic CPR lessons can be particularly beneficial. Obviously, you only need to take the classes that feel specific to your wants and needs. If you don’t think you need a lesson in breastfeeding then you don’t have to take it. But if you think it’ll give you peace of mind to take every available motherhood class in your local (or you simply want to stick by your new group of pregnant friends) then there’s no harm in going to all of them.

Facing the real deal.
All the preparation in the world will go out the window once you have your child. Well, that’s not entirely true. Things you’ve learned will prove helpful when you actually have your baby, but everything’s different in practice. Certain techniques that work for other babies might not work for your baby; it’s all about maternal instinct. You’ll figure out what works best for your child. Of course, if you want to physically prepare yourself for motherhood because you’ve exhausted all forms of emotional preparation then you should start changing your lifestyle to match the type of lifestyle you’ll have as a mother. You might want to set a wailing siren alarm every morning because that’s what it’ll be like during the first few months of your baby’s life. You might also want to set that alarm for odd times such as 3am or 5am. That’ll prepare for the irregularity of sleeping that babies often experience. To really challenge, you should force yourself to get out of bed and rock a bag of potatoes for 15 minutes or so before going back to sleep. It won’t be the same as motherhood, but it’s good physical preparation for your body and your mind.

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