The emotions I felt towards my newborn was a little different for me. I expected to be head-over-heels in love with my little one once he/she arrived. Throughout my pregnancy, I’d watched so many birthing videos and saw the expressions and joy of a woman embracing motherhood for the first time. So, I too thought that I would be drenched with happy hormones. Surprisingly, I never experienced any such emotions. I felt the urge to see my baby so I pestered the nurse to bring her to me. Once I saw her, I was not overwhelmed but I was happy. I felt the urge to breastfeed the little one and establish the right latch position. My family in the hospital was overwhelmed and jumped with joy thanks to the birth of my daughter. However, I felt strange with my very own feeling and I could not sleep that night. Next day, I would get up, breastfeed my baby, and I slept; that was my routine for the next few days. After coming home from the hospital, almost a week later, for the first time, I felt like kissing my baby. I kissed her and realized, ‘OMG! I am kissing my baby for the first time!’ I wondered why I’d never kissed her the first time I saw her. So I would say, don’t be prepared for any kind of emotions. Let it be natural as the body knows what it needs.
This is my own experience and this does not apply for everyone. Every pregnancy and birth differs from woman to woman. So I understood it takes time to love and create a bond between a mother and her newborn. Give the body and the rushing hormones some time to settle down. Wait for your moment. I would say, do not expect any kind of emotions once you give birth. Wait for your body to settle down, and happy ‘mommying’ after that!
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