First pregnancies bring surprises. Dads may be surprised by their partner’s physical, psychological, and emotional changes. But they have been getting better at handling those surprises because there is much more to involve them these days.
LiveScience notes, “A woman’s body undergoes many transformations during the nine months of pregnancy. Some of these physical changes are visible, such as an expanding belly and weight gain, while others are well-known, such as an enlarged uterus, morning sickness, and backaches.” But new mothers — even those who have read everything and listened to every friend — are still surprised by how much each pregnancy is different.
4 things you should expect
- You don’t know anything about birthing babies!
Absolutely everyone you know and every relative you have is ready to tell you how wrong you are about everything. Regardless of your doctor’s advice, they all have opinions based on what they have read on the internet.
They mean well, of course, but considering these advisers include aunties and in-laws you barely know and rarely see, their advice is a stretch. Moreover, no two pregnancies or deliveries are the same, so what worked for them is no guarantee for you.
2. You still need all the help you can get!
Expectant mothers need time alone. They need to rest the body and brain for the baby’s sake and their own. Every expectant mother needs calm and peace of mind. And, they need exercise and nutrition. But they don’t want to be alone all the time.
Pregnant women should get out of the house. They must socialize with friends and family, but they should do it on their own terms.
3. Babies are expensive, really expensive!
If you think your baby shower took care of your baby expenses, you’re in for a surprise. The infant will outgrow the pricey carrier, stroller, and car seat within months. The big money you spent on the crib and nursery furniture will need replacing before you know it,
In fact, you’ll be remodeling that baby’s room every couple of years. It won’t change your mind about the joy of motherhood, but you should start financial planning early. You should also plan on the cost of childcare if you intend to return to work. As part of the planning, you should leverage available insurance benefits and other aid if you need it.
4 . Pregnancy will be uncomfortable!
Mother’s may expect discomfort. While no two pregnancies are the same, you can prepare for the inevitable discomforts. Some women go through more than others, but pregnancy radically affects your systems.
In this world of the Internet of Things, technology can help you monitor the uterine activity, allowing you more rest and peace of mind and sharing your event with partner and family. Bloomlife, for instance, is offering the convenience and insight every pregnant woman needs.
Perhaps, the biggest surprise!According to ACOG (The American of College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), “Only about 1 in 20 women give birth on their due dates.” But that’s okay because having an expected due date helps you plan and care for yourself and the baby.