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Week 4: Preparing mom & dad for parenthood

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Preparing For Parenthood

By: Kayla Zuidersma

 

I can remember getting pregnant with my daughter and everyone telling me every horror story on the planet whether it be about pregnancy or birth. And I quickly noticed everyone had an opinion about everything. But I also realized there’s a lot that people don’t tell you especially about after when baby arrives.

I’ll admit, I didn’t have the best start into parenthood. I had a 38 hour labour and my birth plan did not go as planned, I struggled with nursing and eventually gave up, I had postpartum depression and just felt miserable. Which is exactly why I’m going to be honest with all of you this week.

Preparing yourself for parenthood is your key to a fresh start.

Preparing yourself for parenthood will help you feel like you are having a fresh start when your sweet baby arrives, like you are starting a new journey rather than fighting for the one you used to be on.

My independence was the hardest thing for me to overcome. I was used to going out whenever I needed or felt like it. Everywhere I went I could just go, no second thoughts, no time restrictions. I just went. My husband and I loved our spontaneous date nights, movie nights, walks and dates at our local coffee shop. But all of that changed once our daughter was born and it hit me like a ton of bricks. We were trying to sell our house right before my due date, scrambling to get everything done so there was no time for my husband and I to take some time off for a little getaway before baby or extra date nights for that matter. And then to add to it things after both just were’t going as I’d imagined them to go.

Nobody tells you the reality of having a baby; the good, bad & the ugly.

So I’m going to be quite honest with you all today…..

Birth is hard! Breastfeeding is no walk in the park. No sleep just sucks. And postpartum depression is an ugly green eyed monster. And if you let it, birth trauma and fear will cripple you. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It doesn’t have to feel like a struggle and in fact it shouldn’t.

Knowledge is wisdom.

So in my video this week I’m going to give you some basic baby info as well as a few things you can do to help better prepare yourself for parenthood. In the video I’m going to briefly cover topics such as carseat safety, infant sleep, infant feeding, support and more! This week’s video will be more of a baby basics class.

I hope you enjoy the video!

 

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