Motherhood is a highly rewarding experience. Welcoming a new baby into your arms for the first time is a moment you won’t forget. But, like everything in life, there are ups and downs to motherhood. If you’re adequately prepared for these newborn challenges, you’re more likely to enjoy the ups a little bit more.
Here are 10 horrifying newborn challenges many moms face.
1. What Sleep?
Unless your baby is a complete anomaly, expect to wake up every few hours for feeding. You’re going to be very tired and will likely have to deal with mood swings, headaches, and a compromised immune system until your little one starts sleeping through the night. Snatching a few minutes of sleep whenever you get the chance can help you regain your energy and your mood.
A solution? Having a spouse, partner, or family member help. Yes, breastfeeding is important for good baby health and having pumped milk may not be a convenient option during late night feedings, but it can be used in the day. Have someone help while you sneak in a nap.