The first time you see your pregnancy test show those two pink lines you feel immediate excitement, then fear then ‘oh my goodness, what am I doing?’. Even if you planned this pregnancy — especially so if you didn’t, the fear is usually beyond the incredibly huge life change that will be with you for the rest of ever, but also the whole “grow a baby in my body, get that baby out somehow thing”. Trying to wrap your head around all the changes that are about to happen, trying to understand how an 8 pound baby will fit in there, then come out there is overwhelming.
You can read all you want, talk to as many people, but really you don’t fully get it until you’ve experienced it all. Your next pregnancies and babies will be different — easier because you already know what your body does, what you don’t like and what you wish had gone differently. I have a list of things I would like to have go differently if I add another child to our family — having gone through this 3 times before, I have a good grasp on what my body does and what I really need, beyond what the books tell me.
Click through to read what I would want to do differently in my pregnancies, labor and birth if there is a next time:
:: What do you think you will do differently the next time around? ::
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