The Phases of Motherhood
Anyone who thinks motherhood is easy is completely wrong. Motherhood is made of ups and downs and demands a lot from moms. These are daily concerns such as being pregnant, dietary changes and monitoring the growth of the baby, followed by breastfeeding, eyes always attentive to the baby, diaper changes, tiredness, education, discipline, unexpected situations and many other factors that eventually become an emotional roller coaster, a mix of feelings that many moms end up not knowing how to handle.
In order to relieve and help moms, we have prepared some tips that will help you to handle the challenges each phase brings.
First Three Months: Mixed Emotions
During the first trimester a woman will experience a lot of symptoms as she adjusts to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. She will feel more tired than usual, a symptom that's linked with rising levels of the hormone progesterone, which increases sleepiness. Not every pregnancy comes in a positive way: moms who planned to have a baby are, at this phase, rejoicing and exploding with happiness, while those who didn't expect suffer the opposite. You need to calm down during these incompatible sensations. What do I do? In both cases, make sure you have a trusted healthcare professional, having this specialist in these moments is as important as well the baby's father and family. Rest when you feel like that, because the high level of progesterone can make you feel sleepy, and trying to inhibit it can be irritating.
Second Trimester: Mother and Baby Connection
Most pregnant women may consider this stage as the quietest one as a woman's body adjusts to its changing hormone levels and, many women start feeling human again. Sleeping may get easier and energy levels may increase. Nausea and vomiting usually get better and go away, but other symptoms may crop up as the baby continues growing. In this stage the belly begins to appear and the breasts may be larger. Not to mention that this phase is already possible to hear your little one's heart and feel the baby kicking, squirming or turning – the mom is over the moon.
Some degree of worry is natural, after all, the process may be entirely new for you, but if these worries start to interfere with everyday life, you may have anxiety or even eating disorders. Many women get worried about the extra pounds gained during the pregnancy. Every woman who is expecting a child will face changing in her body - that is part of the natural process of pregnancy. Maintain a healthy diet and practice physical activities such as yoga, Pilates, water aerobics and many others suitable for pregnant women may be a good idea. When you take a bath time in warm water, caress your belly, use aromatic and relaxing oils, create a connection routine between you and your baby.
Third Trimester: Emotions at the Highest!
The third trimester of pregnancy may be the hardest stage. Of course, we cannot paint everybody with the same brush but in general, all the lull you faced in the previous stage is turned into anxiety. Irritation is another factor that can dominate pregnant women, as all the feelings are under the skin. Type of birth, distancing from sex life, sleeping disorder, physical tiredness, memory lapses and feeling of fear are all part of this phase. Try to keep calm at this time, evaluate your doubts and concerns, many of them have already been solved and return to your head because of the insecurity that hits before the baby arrives. Always think positive and do not give importance to experiences lived by other mothers, because each pregnancy has its particularities. This is also the time to tidy up the baby's nursery, put away the clothes and gifts you got. To make it more excited, bring together the baby daddy, close friends, mom and sister, so you will have a little extra help and enjoy the moment with good conversations.
The baby has arrived, how much joy! There is no way to explain that magical moment of hearing the welcoming cry. It is a unique moment! At this stage, the mother's progesterone level drops and two other hormones stand out: prolactin, responsible for milk production, and oxytocin, responsible for contraction of the uterus at delivery and also for ejection of milk to breastfeed. As every hormonal change, mom may have feelings of sadness that can last up to six weeks. Family and partner support are essential. Our tip is to talk to other moms, exchange experiences. Use the internet, search for websites and articles that can answer your momentary questions. Remember: Babies never come into the world with an instruction manual, do not panic. Always count on the closest people you will need and make sure they are also willing to help you!
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