It's no secret that when you get pregnant, you're bombarded by advice from everyone — friends, family, random men on my morning ferry commute. Some people are bugged by it, but I actually enjoy hearing what people say about the entire experience. I've made it no secret that pregnancy has been tough for me — from being away from my husband the entire time to feeling like I've lost my sense of self (not to mention my body), and being able to connect with other women about some of the hardships has made all the difference in the world. So I thought I'd share some of the best advice I've received so far.
My Favorite Pregnancy & Parenting Advice
"Don't compare yourself"... to pregnant celebrities and bloggers who are going to post the best pictures of themselves. Celebrate what is going on in YOUR body and how amazing it all is. There is no comparison. Every pregnancy is beautiful and miraculous but also farty, sweaty, hormonal, and awful at times.
"Prepare mentally that breastfeeding can be very, very hard." Both emotionally and physically. And it might not work out. And that's ok too.
"Cut yourself some slack and do the best you can." I keep beating myself up for not doing enough (read: any) prenatal yoga. But with everything I have going on, I just can't right now. I'm pretty proud to just be providing for my family and getting to work without my clothes on inside out.
"Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it." Or to say no to people when you really just need to sleep.
"You'll figure it all out." I get a lot of anxiety over all the different methods and philosophies. Attachment parenting? What's that? Cry-it-out method? No idea. On-demand feeding? Ahhh. I can't process it all and I have a very strong instinct that I'll just figure it out along the way, rather than filling my head with too much information now.
Now tell me, what's the best pregnancy/parenting advice you've ever received??