Are you expecting your first child? At first you can’t wait to share the news with your family and loved ones. You get to hear such sweet and sincere congratulations and best wishes. Then a couple of weeks pass by and the advice starts creeping in from all avenues.
It’s so nice that people want to share their self-proclaimed words of wisdom with you but when do you get to press a pause button? When do you get to say that you already know that you can’t have sushi?
Daily articles begin to fill your inbox about pregnancy, flu shots or the latest report on a child possibly killed due to a vaccination. Sometimes you just want to scream, “Can I have my child first!”
Amidst the barrage of uninvited advice, we may dare to share some of our thoughts about how we will be raising our child (e.g. cloth diapers, not using formula, and planning a natural childbirth). Instead of words of encouragement, we often receive looks or comments that obviously imply we probably won’t be, shouldn’t be or certainly wouldn’t be carrying these ideas out.
Your body is changing, hormones may be racing, and you can’t get away from friendly advice or simple reminders. The best option is not to hide that you are having a baby (although it may seem tempting), but instead take care of yourself. Find, improve and develop coping strategies to relax and ease your mind, eat healthy, and do yoga!
Think positive thoughts, breathe deeply and remember, you are about to be part of a miracle… child birth.