Here you are about to become a mother for the first time, there is a storm of questions in your head, and a tsunami of fears that keep you up at night. And it is all normal! Motherhood, is lovely, challenging, and complex at the same time. Find out the most common fears a new mom has and how to overcome them.
Your body is hosting another human being who will grow and develop inside you for nine months. Your body will have something to say and you will feel different. And it’s normal for you to worry about the symptoms, that can be sometimes challenging such as nausea and vomiting. The good news is that these signs of pregnancy are temporary, and they usually go away. Make sure you follow up with your doctor especially if your symptoms worsen, to get the right treatment to relieve them.
Every pregnant woman worries for her unborn baby and thinks about his safety in the womb. Unintentionally she might even listen to an old wives tale that scares her, so she would go see the doctor every week to make sure the baby is fine. The truth is the baby is safely tucked away inside your uterus well protected. You shouldn’t worry about his safety, just keep your regular check-ups with your OB and address any concerns with them.
Miscarriage is a scary ghost that keeps hovering over pregnant women, especially in the first trimester. Even though miscarriages do happen, rest assured that the percentage of pregnancies carried to term is much higher. You shouldn’t worry especially if you don’t have any health issues affecting your pregnancies. Ease those fears by talking to your doctor about them.
Any new mom can be easily scared of giving birth and it is quite normal. Although it is safe, and it is possible to be less painful, childbirth is hard. Overcome this fear by having a clear and detailed birth plan, make sure your husband and doctor are on board. On this plan, you can choose your pain management option, and you can also add anything you believe might make this experience more agreeable to you such as getting a doula with you or having water or hypnotic birth.
You must have heard of the numerous breastfeeding issues, from cracked nipples to breast engorgement and mastitis. You must be also worried that the baby won’t be getting enough milk. Deep breaths mommy, everything will be fine, follow up with a breastfeeding consultant for tips and techniques to have a smooth breastfeeding experience.
You were a couple, now you are a family. How is having a baby going to affect your relationship? How will you find time to spend it with your husband? These legitimate worries can be calmed by working with your husband as a team to adjust to this beautiful change in your life. Time management is the key to overcoming any anxiety especially if it’s related to motherhood.
As any new mom, you will undergo several physical and emotional changes, due to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Such as weight gain, stretch marks, and changes in the breast's shape. There is also the possibility of getting pregnancy blues or postpartum depression. All of these possible changes can be dealt with with a healthy diet and exercise to lose the baby weight, you can use stretch marks creams, and treatment to smooth those signs of your heroism. And all emotional and psychological issues can be addressed through the right support from mental health professionals, in addition to the support of your husband and family.
Is my baby getting enough milk? How many hours of sleep does a newborn need? Should I swaddle my baby? Is my child’s weight appropriate? These are some of the questions storming through your mind all the time. The fact is that you are the person that cares about your baby the most in this world, and you are his best caregiver. You shouldn’t worry about caring for your newborn, with the correct guidance and proper support from baby care professionals you will do great at caring for your little one.
You must be worried about going back to work after your maternity leave. You must be thinking about breastfeeding, and about leaving your child. A working mom is one of the strongest and most resourceful beings on this planet. Relax you got this! Be assured that the breast pump, the nursery, or the nanny are your best friends at this stage. All you have to do is some planning and a way to make sure your baby’s needs and work assignments don’t clash. And don’t forget to ask for help when you need it.
Calm your fears and worries, we at Omooma strive to support new moms with the knowledge they need to navigate motherhood with ease. Set your anxieties aside and let us accompany you on your journey.