Here are 7 things you should expect when you are expecting:
1. The hunt for the perfect baby name is almost impossible
It seems that the more unique the baby name is the more people love it. But in the end it doesn't matter who else likes the name as long as you and the father do.
The Baby Center has listed some of the most popular names of the year so that you know what is trending and what is up and coming. Looking for the perfect name for your child will be hard but putting in the work to find the perfect name is more than worth it in the end.
2. Dads get weird
Although the mom may be the one physically carrying the baby, the father changes as well. Research from the American Journal of Human Biology show that soon-to-be-dads notice a decrease in testosterone when their wife is pregnant. They are also just as nervous for you to have the baby, but are likely even more nervous about what will happen after you bring the baby home for the first night.
3. Your age really doesn't matter
A lot of expecting parents are older nowadays so do not worry if you are older than you thought you would be. Jenna Healey, a Yale doctoral, shared that even though the human body was made to have kids at a young age, it can do just fine when you're older.
4. Baby will cry.... a lot
Of course you know that babies cry, but did you know that this is good for your baby? Crying it out teaches your child sleep training methods and it helps break poor sleep associations. It also can teach them at a young age what you will and won't do. Now if they are crying out of hunger, sickness or they are uncomfortable than it will not stop until they taken care of, so that is the time to pick them up and give them what they need.
Your child is going to grow up in a digital world in which not even you can image. By the time they are 7 years old they will know two times as much about digital media and technology than you will... guaranteed. Scared? I am too.
Children who are breastfed get additional nutrients that those who are bottle-fed do not always obtain. This is a fact that has been debated for years, but no one seems to look at the fact that children who are breastfed lose weight much faster than those who aren't. There is no right or wrong decision, just make sure you look at all of your options in relation to feeding your baby.
7. You will weigh more after birth
Even if you are in shape before you are pregnant, you will not immediately get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. The healthier you are before, during and after the pregnancy, the faster you will be able to get back to the weight you once were.
Tana is a student with a passion for words. She believes that written words can touch people in ways unimaginable. In her spare time she enjoys singing, hiking, cuddling in a fuzzy blanket, and spending time with her friends and family.