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Things

You Wish You Had Known As a New Mother

(From the Mom of a Toddler!)

Becoming a new mother is a life-changing experience that is difficult to prepare for. However, there are some things I’ve learned along the way that I would love to share with you!

You can’t really plan your birth experience.

Lots of books and websites will tell you to have a birth plan ready. However, this is something that almost never goes according to plan.

Be patient and take time to rest. Embrace your stretch marks and new squishy tummy. It could take weeks, and even months, to feel normal again.

It takes time to heal.

Everyone will give you advice, but you don’t have to listen to it all. Some will be helpful, but every baby is different.

Always trust your gut instinct.

Be prepared to go with whatever preferences your baby has, and try not to compare your baby to everyone else’s.

 Every baby is unique.

Take at least 30 minutes a day to take care of yourself – take a walk, take a shower, drink coffee, check your emails. Taking time to do something for yourself is so important in the midst of this newborn phase.

Take care of yourself too.

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