What were we thinking?
Right about the time that your brain registers that “yes, this is indeed happening” is when it might also decide to go straight into panic mode. Thoughts about much babies cry, cost, and affect your life all begin to flash through your mind-making it hard to remember why you even started down this path to begin with. Life with a tiny new roommate is different, but it’s worth it. It won’t make sense to you in this moment, but it will once you’re holding your little one. Life is going to change, and even when it’s for the better, change is hard. So take a deep breath and relax. These moments of panic and uncertainty don’t mean that you’re not cut out for parenthood, they mean that you’re normal. The fact that you’re worried about how you’re going to care for a child as a parent means that you’re going to be a good one. You’ve got this, and these feelings of panic will subside. Promise.
Don’t get too excited
Now that the panic has passed, and you’ve embraced this beautiful truth, that you are pregnant, you begin to feel the excitement that has been waiting at the sidelines for it’s turn in the game. It’s actually happening—this thing you’ve been waiting for. You’re going to be a mom, and you are so happy about it you could scream. It’s at this point that perhaps the little voice of fear might make itself known, reminding you about the small but real chance that something could go wrong. Although this is a valid concern, take comfort in the fact that every woman has this same concern, and chances are, your baby is going to be just fine. Make an appointment with your ob-gyn to help put your fears to rest and allow yourself to enjoy these early weeks of pregnancy. Let yourself to bask in the excitement that the very moment you’ve been dreaming of is here, and redirect all the energy you’re spending on fear into love for your growing little one.
No period for nine months? Sign me up!
There are some perks to pregnancy, aside from that whole baby thing. The lack of a period for nine whole months (longer if you breastfeed) is enough to make any woman sing for joy and do the Running Man spontaneously. For women that have had heavy periods since they were preteens or teenagers, the lack of this monthly annoyance is cause for celebration. Start making plans for all that money you’ll save on tampons. (On second thought, you’ll need that money for all the baby gear that you’ll need to purchase, so maybe plan to put it in a baby fund.) Other perks of pregnancy include: strangers giving up their seats on public transportation, eating for two without judgment from others, and wearing stretchy pants while still being considered adorable. (Related: Here are 10 things you should never say to someone who is pregnant.)