ecoming a parent is an exciting time. Realizing a little person is about to arrive is an opportunity to rejoice in tiny baby clothes, decorate a nursery, and pick out the perfect name. Especially if you're an expectant mom, the fun things to anticipate are innumerable.
But there are also circumstances that present new moms with a bit of a learning curve.
In particular, expectant mothers have to adapt to a quickly changing body. Laura Mazza is a third-time mom whose viral post recently brought attention to this particular struggle and offered a boost to women with bumps everywhere.
Baby news is a fantastic time to celebrate.
Whether it’s a first baby announcement or a fourth, there’s something about the news of a cuddly little person on the way that gets everyone excited. If it’s a friend who’s expecting, planning a baby shower is tons of fun, and if you’re the one looking forward to an adorable “mini-me,” things like picking out outfits and raiding Pinterest for nursery ideas are the stuff of mama dreams.
The baby books and blogs do a fairly good job of getting us ready.
After the initial excitement wears off, it’s time to get down to business, learning what to expect when the baby arrives. Thankfully, there are countless books, blog posts, and videos on how to feed, diaper, and calm an infant. These resources give new parents a good starting point for what to buy and how to prepare.
Firsthand accounts can are also helpful, at least, most of the time.
Where books and blogs end, in step some of our most helpful friends and family. Those closest to us who’ve had babies are often more than happy to give a play-by-play of their pregnancy and birth experiences. Sometimes, these stories are ridiculously helpful and offer insight. Other times?
Well, they can be terrifying.
But no matter how much help new moms get, no one can live the baby experience for them.
A plethora of advice and reading material is always encouraging and can help expectant parents prepare, but those things only go so far. When the buck stops, it’s mama’s job to eat healthy, get sleep, and deal with a variety of bodily changes that can take even the most ready women by surprise.
Arguably, the most difficult adjustment expectant moms make is accommodating an ever-growing belly.
All the advice in the world can’t prepare an expectant mom for the process of growing her own baby bump. As an infant grows in the womb, so does everything else, and that means adjusting to more body fat, a new bra size, and of course, an expanding belly. Trying to find clothes that fit comfortably around all that can be tricky.