Aha! #myovaries geng. My babes that can’t see pictures of a beautiful baby and just congratulate and move on, no – #myovaries ooo! Gather here. This post is for you lots, especially.
Parenting is a gift from God. Motherhood will forever be cherished. Cute babies will always make your ovaries perform jalopy dance. But the real question is, baby girl are you ready for the realities of parenting? Have you sat down to prepare mentally, emotionally, financially, physically? Or you are like any which way, we cross the bridge when we get there?
I watched a video the Nhanis(Akah and Claire) shared on their joint Instagram page. The couple sat down to thrash out a misunderstanding revolving around the breastfeeding routine for their baby. While I got the rare privilege to watch this couple thrash out their difference in a healthy way, what really got me were the things Claire highlighted, about her breastfeeding journey.
I had to halt a minute and do the mental evaluations. So there’s more to parenting than going into the labour room and pushing out, and yay! it’s a boy or it’s a girl, everybody is happy, end of story.
There are individual experiences that some mothers go through that make you decide to be intentional about this novel journey you intend to embark on.
Claire mentioned having to use breast pumps and I had to go google that up immediately. Do you know that other than postpartum depression a woman may suffer after childbirth, there is also the issue of latching, shortage of milk supply, all of which can bring down the emotional health of the new mum?
“You may feel very alone and like you’ve done something wrong if you find that your breast milk hasn’t come in shortly after birth. But be gentle with yourself — you haven’t done anything wrong. You’re certainly not alone, and there’s a good chance more milk is on its way by in the next week or two”. Healthline
The best defence for such unforeseen occurrences is knowledge – knowledge you have gained from reading and from listening to other parents over the years. My mother would always say that she is grateful for the tidbits of information she picked up about parenting years ago because they helped her when she became one herself.
So read, listen, gather all the knowledge you can about motherhood. It may not be your time now, but you never know which information you pick up that may speak to your situation years later.
WANT MORE STORIES LIKE THIS? SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR NEWSLETTER TO GET OUR STORIES AND EXCLUSIVE UPDATES STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX.
CHECK OUT RELATED READS BELOW:
WE ARE ON INSTAGRAM! @ALEXILORE
Featured Image: @akahandclaire