I've always wanted to have kids, but I wouldn't say I was one of those women who felt destined to be a mother.
So, perhaps for that reason, when I got pregnant, I was pretty clueless about how everything worked and what to expect.
Now I have a 4-month-old baby, but I had to learn a few things the hard way. Here's what I wish I'd known from the start:
NOTE: The processes of conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenting are different for everyone, so it's worth noting that this is just my perspective and my personal story.
I use the words "baby" and "mother" to express my experience, but not everyone who gets pregnant or has a baby identifies as a mother.