Pregnancy & parenthood are experienced differently by everyone. We all have different joys, challenges, triumphs & hardships. We are quick to judge situations that seem abnormal to us, yet many of these are actually very NORMAL & much more common than one would expect. It’s time we dismantle our ingrained views & share openly & freely.
Not connecting with your baby
Did you know that approximately 20% of mothers & fathers don’t connect with their baby immediately? Sometimes it can take weeks, even months before a connection is felt. Although it is difficult to experience, it is NORMAL. Everyone has their own bonding pace. The emotional attachment will come, give it time.
Not breastfeeding your baby
Let’s be real, breastfeeding can be difficult. All mothers will have a different experience with breastfeeding & lactation because after all, we all have different routines, preferences & health concerns. Being unable or choosing not to breastfeed your baby is OKAY. In fact, studies have shown that up to 32% of mothers in Canada & the US do not nurse their children. Successful infant feeding does not look the same for everyone. Do what suits your lifestyle. After all, a happy baby makes a happy mommy and vice versa.
9 months in, 9 months out
While we are in awe of our little one’s existence, many don’t feel the same sense of pride in their own appearance. Many of us feel like our body should bounce back rapidly after birth, but the reality is, life gets in the way, motherhood gets in the way, your body does NOT define you. One of the most admirable things about the human body is its ability to change, evolve & transform. The reality is, your body will never fully bounce back to what it used to be. You are ever-changing. Once you make peace with this, life gets so much easier & freer. New parents are so much more than a scale number. We are entrepreneurs, dentists, creatives, lifegivers, and caregivers. Rather than bringing yourself down for not living up to your expectations, cherish the fact that your body grew life & that you are creating a new, improved version of yourself.
This is your pregnancy journey, do what feels best for you & your baby, follow your pace.