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Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Baby

Before having my first baby, I had many preconceived notions pertaining to what my life would entail as a new mother. Despite my research and preparations to bring a new baby into this world, there were many surprises (both joyful and difficult) that caught me off-guard. Although motherhood has proven to be an extremely rewarding gift, there are many things I wish I had known before having a baby.

I received samples and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Baby

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Photo Credit: Jamie Harper

1. Breastfeeding doesn’t come easy to everyone. In the beginning (at least in my experience) nursing can be painful and a stressful time for both mom and baby. Often times breastfeeding takes time and a lot of practice in order to make it a joyful experience for both parties. Don’t get discouraged – give things time.

2. Labor pains don’t end after you give birth. In fact, many women suffer from cramp like pains for weeks to months after giving birth.


3. You will experience exhaustion like never before. You’ll find yourself doing things like putting your keys in the fridge and parking in the wrong driveway.

4. It will be a while before you’re able to sit down and enjoy a meal from start to finish.

5. You’ll find yourself whistling tunes like “The Wheel On The Bus” even when you’re not in the presence of your kids.

6. You’ll find it hard to find another topic of conversation (other than your kids) while your on a date with your hubby.

7. You’ll experience a kind of love for your child that you never even knew existed or was missing from your life; this love continues to grow with each new addition to the family.


8. It’s impossible not to make funny faces when feeding your child baby food.

9. You’ll find yourself saying things like “Stop eating dog food!” and “You need to eat your chips before your doughnut.”

10. Bladder leakage is a common problem after giving birth. In fact, 1 in 4 women experience stress urinary incontinence. Thankfully, Finess provides a clean and easy way to treat temporary bladder leakage.


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What do you wish you would have known about motherhood?

Tiffany Cruz

Friday 21st of August 2015

Your children are adorable! I wish someone told me, or at least warned me about this issue before I had my two children. I kind of had to figure it out on my own.

Lena Burkut

Thursday 20th of August 2015

That will not be able to go to the bathroom alone for years!!!


Thursday 20th of August 2015

I am glad I knew that most babies can sleep anywhere. I would just plunk my son down, and he would sleep (I know I was blessed). But it made it easy to take him anywhere.


Thursday 20th of August 2015

That is really interesting. I have never seen it. I'm going to look into this more for myself.


Thursday 20th of August 2015

I hadn't heard of this product before. Having a baby changes everything about your body!

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