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When you are pregnant for the first time, there is a train of information coming at you all about your baby. How to prepare for the delivery, what to take to the hospital, the essentials that you need when baby comes home, and lots and lots and lots of gear to choose from. Something that’s not really talked about too much? You, in all your postpartum glory. I don’t know if veteran moms are worried that we might scare our childless friends out of wanting children should they hear of the things you go through in the weeks following childbirth or if they’re simply too embarrassed to talk about it, but I am here to let it all out.
I am an open book to most people I meet. If you have a question, I will answer it with no reserve and definitely not sugar coated. I’ve been told by a few of my friends who are contemplating having children that they appreciate my transparency and honesty because they feel they are informed and ready to tackle parenthood and pregnancy when it happens. Why do I do this? Because in my first pregnancy and into postpartum, I would go through something crazy or confusing and mention it to a friend with kids or my mom and get “Oh yeah, I totally went through that. It sucked.” Which is great to hear (Yay! I’m not the only one!) but for me it’s frustrating because I’m a planner. [Read more…]