Becoming a mother is one of the best things in the world. It is also one of the most terrifying things in the world. Suddenly, you’re responsible for the life of this precious tiny human being and any decision you make affects his/her life. You have to think through everything, double check your decisions and it’s not uncommon to find yourself questioning your own sanity. Worrying becomes part of the job, and some worries are more common than most. To new moms, however, some of these worries seem extremely bizarre and far-fetched. But fear not, suddenly turning into a worrywart is actually a good thing.
Everything suddenly seems dangerous
As a new mom, one of the most common concerns is how dangerous everything suddenly seems. In comparison, your baby seems extremely fragile. You worry about everything from germs, temperature, breastmilk and even pets. Sometimes you even get to thinking that perhaps building a temperature-controlled clean room might be best for your child. Nevertheless, this fear is an absolutely normal reaction to the change in your life. Being responsible for someone’s life is a tough job, especially if they can’t fend or express themselves. The good news, however, is that babies are designed to survive new parents. They may seem fragile but they are a lot tougher than they look.
Should you post your child’s photos online?
It is not uncommon to develop the insurmountable urge to share as many photos and videos of your child online. But the online space has grown very insecure over the years. You have to think about identity theft, cyberbullying, exploitative advertising, etc. Coming to terms with the suddenly very real threats of sharing your child with the online world presents a whole new problem; How do you protect your child online? The solutions involve securing your network using a VPN, securing your devices using antivirus and firewall software, and learning as much as you can on cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and measures to curb the problem.
Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not always as natural as it is set out to be. At first, it is very strange and quite terrifying. You have all these concerns about whether you’re doing it right. Will the nipple be too big? How should I position the baby? Will the breastmilk be enough? How will I know if it is enough? What happens when it’s too much? These are all genuine concerns and you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask experts about them. Consult with a doctor, nurse, lactation expert or other moms and ask for guidance on the same. Eventually, it will come to you.
These are just a few of the numerous new-mom challenges but the stress and anxiety they cause are very real. Sometimes you might find it really hard to adjust and that’s very normal. You shouldn’t feel ashamed of asking for assistance where possible. Most importantly, you should have someone to talk to so you can get through the frustrating challenges without losing your mind.