Since sharing the news that we are expecting our first bundle of joy, we have received numerous snippets of "advice" from almost everyone that has found out. The advice has started to consume a lot of our conversations with people and it actually has become quite interesting what some people have shared with us. I know that pregnancy and especially delivery is a tough thing to go through. Your body is doing the most amazing thing on this earth - nurturing, growing and aiding in the development of another human being. The sheer thought of what is actually happening inside my body is mind boggling. While trying to come to terms with these changes in my life and in my body, I realize that I now have more questions (and am equally more curious) than ever.
Over the years, I have asked many of my friends and family tons of questions while they were pregnant. I am one that loves to listen to people stories and if I can take any lesson or useful snippet away from them - I feel I am better for it. The one problem with asking (or having so many people willingly "share") information is that you often get conflicting advice. For example one person shared with us, "DO NOT read ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting'." Another person was then quick to say, "Make sure you read ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting'!" Our gut (and curiosity) told us read it, so that was one of the first purchases we made when we found out I was expecting.
While all this advice is very information and useful - I am quick to remind myself that every woman is different AND every pregnancy is different. I find myself praying that my delivery will be as easy as person A and hopefully not as bad as that person B. While we appreciate all of the advice given to us - I have to remind myself that my husband and I are going through this process together. In the end, we have to do what WE feel is right for us. I know our experience and journey will be our own but it is helpful to know what little bumps to "expect" along the way. This whole experience is magical and really wonderful and I am SO happy to be along for this ride.
If you could share anything at all about the pregnancy/motherhood/delivery with a first-time mom (me!): What is the one piece of advice you would provide?
The only advice I give is "if you think its important, it is" No matter what everybody else says if you think your baby's runny nose is important enough to call the doctor, do it! As time passes you will learn when to call and when not to
Being a parent is one of the scariest, craziest, messiest jobs there is, but its also wonderful. You really do NOT need to fallow the book to a T, parenting is a trial and error thing do what you feel comfortable with.
my best advice is enjoy every minute of it. well, maybe not labor, but the pregnancy itself is a miracle. Children grow up so fast, don't wish their lives away, wanting them to hurry up and walk, talk, get potty trained. It will all happen and you will soon be saying where did all those years go?