Making the Transition into Motherhood

Guest Blogger: Katie Moore

Transitioning into motherhood starts from the moment a woman finds out that she is pregnant.  There are a lot of variables that will influence a woman’s transition into one of the most thrilling events in her life and planning ahead for the variables will make the change joyful and simple.

A woman’s expectations about motherhood are usually formed and based on personal experiences that start with the way she was raised, experiences encountered during babysitting jobs, on books she has read about parenting, or by watching the way friends and relatives parent their children. These experiences will have formed an impression on her as to what it will mean to become a mother.

To become educated on what to expect during labor and delivery, as well as how to prepare for the first weeks following delivery, an expecting mother can take one or more childbirth classes. There are classes offered at hospital and birthing facilities to learn about the delivery process, pain management choices and optional procedures like cord blood banking. Umbilical cord blood banking involves the collection and storage of cord blood for potential use as a treatment option
against medical diseases. Classes that teach natural benefits are also offered to teach Lamaze, meditation and yoga. Specialty classes, like breastfeeding classes, will help a mother with a specific task.
Many new mothers erroneously think that motherhood will be like when they played with dolls as children.  One new mother said that she was surprised to learn that babies come into this world with a mind of their own, as to when they want to be held, when they are hungry, when they need their diapers changed, and when they are willing to go to sleep.  She said she did not realize how much time she had to spend caring for her baby.

To be ready to give a baby all the care and love that he will need, a mother can prepare her home ahead of time as well. Some mothers will set up a room as a nursery for the baby or will choose to keep him closer to her in her bedroom. Having a safe crib for baby is the most important part of the nursery; having the baby sleep in the crib without any blankets or objects is a great preventative step against SIDS. Having extras like a changing table, rocking chair for feedings and even a dresser for baby clothes and supplies will help further organize baby’s space.

In the first days and weeks following the arrival of a newborn, mothers will learn that any thoughts of scheduling baby are idealistic thoughts; it takes time for babies to adjust to a normal sleeping schedule. A mother should plan to sleep when baby sleeps to continue to feel rested. It is a tough adjustment but recovery will be quicker for mother if she remembers to take care of herself as well as she takes care of baby.

Sometimes, a new mother will experience some mild depression colloquially, known as the “baby blues”, from the hormonal changes that her body is going through. It is important to spot warning signs of the baby blues and consult a doctor for help if a mother starts to have more dangerous thoughts and feelings. 

Nothing can truly prepare a woman for the arrival of a baby who will impact every aspect of her life.  Being flexible and “going with the flow” will be the best approach because life will become unpredictable. Since the beginning of time, women have been making the transition into motherhood and a woman should let her natural maternal instinct be her guide through the process.

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

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