There are a few milestones in life that are truly worth remembering, and one of these key experiences is welcoming a new baby into your family. The joys of finding out that you are pregnant can be indescribable. Preparing for your new baby is also an experience in itself, as what the majority of the 85 million moms in America would say. Of course, it’s no secret that parenting can be a daunting and stressful experience as well, but there are already a ton of articles online that highlight the negative aspects of motherhood and parenting. As such, this time, we will highlight the best moments that you can expect when you are expecting your baby.
Sharing the Experience
People say that it takes a village to raise a child. A solid support system is perhaps one of the most valuable things that you can have when you are expecting. According to the Exchange Family Center, parents, especially new ones, often feel stressed and overwhelmed, and without a community to validate those feelings and help them through the new challenges they might encounter, burnout is likely to happen.
Once you’ve processed the fact that you are going to be new parents, it is then ideal that you share the news with your family and closest friends. You can post a simple announcement on social media, or you can host a baby shower where you can play games to make all your guests feel included in the experience. Finding out that you are not alone throughout this experience is one of the joys of being a new parent.
Learning About Your New Baby
Nine months might be a long time to wait before you finally get a glimpse of your baby, but you can start getting to know their quirks even while they are still in your womb. At around 16 weeks, your baby will start kicking, the first physical sign that they are growing and developing. For new moms, experiencing your baby’s first kick can be equally just as happy and nerve-wracking, and if you’re feeling uneasy about it, your doctor or midwife can talk you through the experience.
At around 24 to 28 weeks into your pregnancy, your baby’s kicking might also start to get stronger, which indicates that they are starting to get more attuned to the sounds around them. Maximize this experience by bonding with your baby. You can listen to soothing or classical music, or better yet, you can sing to them. Your baby would love the sound of your voice as it is the primary vibration they know, so singing to your baby is a soothing experience for you both.
Forging Tighter Bonds
Your pregnancy will not only change your life, as it also entails a major change in your and your partner’s relationship. After all, you are making the huge transition from being partners to being parents. New parents, particularly moms, feel a host of varying emotions due to pregnancy hormones, making them feel vulnerable and anxious.
However, what matters at this point is the relationship that you and your partner have even before getting pregnant. Studies show that your happiness prior to pregnancy can affect your and your partner’s commitment when you become parents, with those who are happy in the relationship becoming even more committed when expecting. Thus, as long as you and your partner are on the same page about your relationship and are both happily committed to each other, you will find that your bond will only get stronger when your baby comes.
These are experiences that you will only get when you are pregnant, which makes them all the more precious. Expecting a new baby is a daunting and a challenging experience, but it is also a special one.