Both of my pregnancies were planned. I knew, at least I thought I knew what I was getting myself into.
I was scarily misled. Yes, motherhood came super easy for me. I had a good motherly intuition from the start but I never knew just how much my body would change post-kids.
I read many books on motherhood and pregnancy. The "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book was a daily read. I knew what my body would do to deliver my baby. I knew that labor and delivery would be painful. I knew that my body would also require weeks to heal itself. I read and I listened to other seasoned moms, but I did not know enough.
I don't think any of us know exactly all there is to know until we live and breathe motherhood — and just the many ways our bodies do change once we become a mom.