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I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but there are several things that I wish I knew before I had a baby. Of course no lesson is truly learned without firsthand experience, but here are a few eye-openers for you to ponder while growing your little bundle of joy…

You will get through those first two weeks, two months, two years, and live to tell about it.

You may feel very lonely when you’re feeding and burping at 4 AM and you hear the newspaper hit the driveway. It seems like you’re the only person on Earth that’s awake besides the paper carrier and you can envision tumbleweeds rolling down your street. Just know that you aren’t alone and it will get easier.

You will eventually run out of your surplus of diapers and wipes. They won’t last as long as you think.

Even if you get back down to your pre-baby weight, nothing will ever be in the same place as it used to be. It’s like your whole body shifts around and clothes that used to look good will not fit right anymore. Upside: you get a new wardrobe! Downside: your breasts may sag, even if you don’t breastfeed. Ugg.

What do other mums feel first times mums should be told?

By MISSMANIC, 25th October
  • I feel first times mums should be told that asking for help is ok!!

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  • yeah this is a great article and very brief. i think that you could write all day and still think of new things to add to this list. i think that i felt such a new and intense love for this little child and that changed me completely. You also forget what life is like before you got pregnant because you really have someone else to focus on

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  • Postnatal Depression is something that doctors, nurses, midwives everyone should know about. It’s a silent killer I suffered with my first baby for 6 months and I didn’t know what was happening to me I was 18. Lucky my doctor picked up on it when I was honest about it, there is a stigma attached to Postnatal Depression and it needs to be more commonly spoken about.

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  • I found that people were all too quick to tell you the horror stories and negatives but rarely the positive and beautiful things and when it comes down to it the lovely things far outweigh any negatives.

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  • Great article, there is so much they don’t tell you. thanks for sharing

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  • I was 20 when I fell pregnant with my first child. None of my friends had babies and I’d never held a newborn before. It can be exciting and scary at the same time. It is an instant love from the moment you see their body born out of yours. You will have some fun times and some hard times, you will laugh and you will cry. No matter what I’ve learnt that you should always give your children lots of cuddles and let your children grow up seeing their parents cuddling and loving each other.

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  • Hmmm… This article sounds a bit negative to me… What about focusing on the positive and joyful side? I’m sure all mums go through the same thing, we all have our down days but it’s good to focus on happy things.

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  • I don’t think it would matter even if they did tell us, we would still have our little miracles

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  • there are a lot of things you are not told about!

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  • good article, thanks for sharing

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  • I’m looking forward to meeting my baby but the process is a hard one. I remember how scared I was t go to the toilet with stitches, nobody warned me about that. Or the sore boobs amd cracked nipples.

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  • love this, and so true

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  • thanks for sharing was a good read

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  • thanks for sharing was a great read

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  • I really liked reading through this article.

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