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8 Motherhood Myths That Every New Mom Encounters

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8 Motherhood Myths That Every New Mom Encounters greek myths book jpgLadies who are (or will be) new to the parenting club, high-five. As far as I can tell, motherhood is pretty awesome. But between all the not so awesome mom groups, mom friends, and cultural stigmas, there is a lot of motherhood mythology to wade through in those first couple of years. You may have heard some tall tales about Zeus, Hera, Apollo, and all the rest but I have a few other stories of that ilk to share with you.

1. Motherhood means being deliriously happy all the time

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Define “all of the time.” Most of the time? Some of the time?

2. Moms who don’t breastfeed just didn’t try hard enough

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Don’t be this mom. Ever.

3. Your maternity leave is like a vacation

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Question: do you awaken at three o’ clock in the morning (explicitly NOT to throw up) to feed a very small person on your vacations? Because I don’t!

4. Your baby will instantly love you

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Maybe, but maybe not.

5. You will love your baby instantly

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Could happen, could not. Wait on it.

6. Postpartum depression is for women who don’t love their babies

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I have yet to hear this gem be articulated before me, but the sentiment nevertheless lingers in the way we often talk about women who had suffer from PPD. The sisterhood — as well as parenting culture in general — has a looooong way to go on this one.

7. Parenting should come “naturally” to you

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If that were true, Google would surely cease to exist. Everyone knows that new parents googling the shit out of every which rash and swaddling technique single-handedly sustains a HUGE chunk of the online world.

8. If you’re not completely fulfilled by motherhood, something must be wrong with you

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LOLZ for days.

(photo: CarlaGates247)

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