Becoming a new parent for the first time is one of the most overwhelming transitions that a person can go through. All of a sudden, you go from being a single entity with only yourself to look after, to being in charge of the survival of a tiny human. The worst part is, they don’t even come with an instruction manual!
The good news is that you’re not alone if you’re feeling scared about parenthood. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling unsure and afraid about how you’ll grapple with your worries about how to be the best parent possible.
Here are some of the most common worries that new parents usually have and how to ease them.
Fear Of Them Getting Hurt
From the minute you find out that you’re going to be a parent, most people start worrying about their child’s well-being. They may begin fretting bout them being injured at birth or even getting into a car accident. Even though most of your worries are probably unnecessary, it’s normal to be afraid of accidents and injuries.
The truth is you can’t wrap your children in bubble wrap for their entire life. But you can take the right precautions to keep them out of harm’s way. Take precautions like enforcing seat belts and wearing helmets. Take them to the doctor and familiarize yourself with any out of the ordinary symptoms they may be experiencing. In the grand scheme of things, being cautious will pay off.
Not Being Able To Breastfeed
Unfortunately, not every woman is able to breastfeed their babies. Sometimes its a simple matter of not being able to produce enough milk. In other cases, the baby may not be able to latch correctly. Fear not, lots of new moms encounter problems with breastfeeding the first week.
Rather than letting it make you feel defeated, build yourself a support system. There are lactation consultants out there whose prime responsibility is to help you figure out your breastfeeding woes. You may also find reassurance from family members and even your pediatrician. Even if you can’t breastfeed in the end, there’s nothing to be ashamed about by giving your child formula!
Fear Of Hurting Their Baby
Since babies are so fragile, it’s easy to imagine that you’re capable of dropping them or hurting them in some way. The good news is that even though you may initially be afraid of hurting them, you’ll start to catch on faster than you think. Embrace your fears and try to shake them off as much as you can. Eventually, the things that keep you up at night will be nothing but a distant memory in the past.