“Nothing can prepare you for motherhood, than motherhood itself.”
I think I heard something along those lines a few times throughout my pregnancy. I would nod and say something like, “oh, I’m sure,” but then I’d go home and read all the books and articles I could get my hands on to help me “prepare.”
The people who told me you’re never fully prepared to be a parent were of course, right! The books helped some, but a book can’t tell you if your baby’s breathing is normal or clicky or wheezy. That’s on you. You have to make the ultimate decision as their parent. Every child and situation is unique to that moment and circumstances.
Whoa. Talk about pressure.
We have to trust our gut, our intuition, for something we’ve never experienced. I didn’t even know that was possible until becoming a parent!
Leaning on your gut and intuition in an unfamiliar situation is scary at the moment. So many thoughts running through your head, second-guessing yourself, staying up all night to watch your baby sleep.
These are the not so glamorous parts of motherhood, but wow, they can also be some of the most empowering moments of motherhood. Your intuition was right. You listened. You leaned in.
Take a minute to center yourself and clear your head to be able to tap into your intuition. Close your eyes, put one hand over your heart, your other hand over your stomach and take at least 6 deep breaths. Listen, center yourself and trust your gut, you got this mama.