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Common Issues the New Mother Will Encounter

What to Expect

This can’t be overstressed: things are going to happen when you’re a parent that you can’t anticipate, that you can’t prepare for, and which challenge you to the core of your very being. What if your child breaks his arm at the age of 8 while chasing some half-rabid raccoon down the alley? Now he needs rabies shots and a cast.

That’s an extreme situation, but then again, it isn’t. Think back. What sort of things happened to you that totally stressed your parents? See, this is part of life. Everyone will encounter situations that test them before they shuck this mortal coil and see what it was all about. So as a mom, you need to know things are going to happen that you flat can’t handle.

However, when you know something is beyond you, then you actually are able to deal with it better. Such knowledge makes you more likely to seek needed external help, take your time, breathe, accept the realities of a given situation, and do what you can where you are; whatever that may be.

So prepare yourself by knowing certain things will happen you can’t control. When you get your mind aligned in this way, you’re going to handle the unexpected more successfully. Following we’ll briefly cover three specific areas to prepare for in this way.


1. Sleep? Kiss it Goodbye

According to Healthline.com, it’s healthiest to breastfeed a child up to 2 years. Most children are just beginning to walk around on their own 2 feet by this time. Essentially, until your child is about the age of an elementary schooler, don’t expect to get a full night’s sleep.

When it happens, chalk it up as the exception rather than the rule and be happy. Newborns sleep 14 to 17 hours a day, but not sequentially. Learn how to grab a “combat nap” inside twenty minutes’ free time.


2. Breastfeeding Can Be Hard

Not all babies latch properly, you might have milk production issues, mastitis occurs when inflamed breasts become infected, there can be nipple injuries, breastfeeding itself can leave your paps uncomfortably raw, and the list of common breastfeeding problems goes on. Find for yourself resources like that in the link to help support you during such times.


3. You’ll Need Medical Assistance and Parental Resources

Common health issues of infants and young children require pediatric assistance to diagnose in many cases. Get a pediatrician you trust. Also, find parental resources you can explore. These may include support groups, grants, and daycare options, depending on your particular situation.


Being as Prepared as You Can Be

Sure, you can’t predict the future. Sure, you can’t totally prepare for every unexpected eventuality you will encounter as a parent. You can give yourself tools for emergencies and resources, though. Breastfeeding support, parental resources, and creative patterns of rest represent things to focus on as you become a strong mom.

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