I wish I’d known that…
We asked a few of our reachME mums what they wished they’d known in those first few weeks of giving birth.
Giving birth and having a newborn baby is one of life’s steepest learning curves. We asked a few of our reachME mums what they wished they’d known in those first few weeks.
“I wish I’d known in those first few days that breastfeeding gets much easier and that you can never ask the midwives too many questions! I also wish I’d known about hydrogel gel nipple pads before my nipples cracked!"
“I wish I’d realized earlier that babies are not born with an understanding of baby-book sleep and feeding routines. It makes me really sad to think of all the teary and sleepless nights we endured when trying to get the baby to follow a schedule that never worked. I threw the books away for baby number two and just went with my heart: I fed and soothed the baby when she woke and she slept so much better and so did we!”
“I wish I’d known about granulation! I endured pain ‘down there’ for months after the birth, thinking it was normal, before finding out that it was actually ‘granulation tissue’ which is something that’s very common in horses – they call it ‘proud flesh’! Basically, it’s a bit of scar tissue that doesn’t heal properly, they treat it with sulphur and if that doesn’t work they zap it with lasers!”
“I wish I’d known earlier that my baby can get allergic reactions from my breast-milk. Turns out, after being miserable and scratchy from eczema, that my 6-month-old is allergic to eggs. Since I stopped eating them he’s back to being a lovely happy baby!”
“I wish I’d known how much I would want to stay home with my baby before taking on such a huge mortgage! The thought of going back to work in an office with summer around the corner is such a bummer!”
“I wish I’d known that I wouldn’t have time to write a novel when on maternity leave! Seriously, the list of things I thought I’d accomplish only to discover that I couldn’t even find the time to shave my legs – how clueless was I?”
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