What's the hardest part of having your first child?

  • birthing and condition your body is in after

  • challenge of raising him/her

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Submitted by at 9:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
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What's the hardest part of having your first child?

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Submitted by at 9:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
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  • PhilsBabyM...
    Submitted by   at 10:21 PM on January 1, 2010

    Labor is the easy part and your body will bounce back after time as long as you're eating right. Babies don't have to be a financial burden. The medical bills were covered, we breastfed, cloth diapered and coslept, so we saved a ton of money there.

    It's putting someone else's (constant) needs before your own 24 hours a day that was challenging for me. It was just exhausting at first. :) It gets easier though

  • ACsLady
    Submitted by   at 11:12 PM on January 1, 2010

    The emotional roller-coaster during my pregnancy...though the Lord was with us through it all and it drew my hubby and I closer, so I can't say it was all that bad. I think worse than that would be my physical condition. I gained 48 lbs on top of already being overweight. After delivery I lost 35 and gained some back. I evened out at about 20 lbs less and I'm now pregnant again. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out a nice balance to make sure I don't gain more than I need to this time around. Other than that, I have no problems. Labor was long with my daughter, but fun and I had a wonderful homebirth...I'm excited to do it again.

  • jazzymom19...
    Submitted by   at 1:08 AM on January 2, 2010

    If your biggest concern is about the condition of your body post-partum my advice would be to buy a dog. I have a SIL who decided not to ahve kids because it would ruin her "perfect body" in hr case that was a good choice.

  • shatalkua
    Submitted by   at 11:54 AM on January 2, 2010

    well i have a cat im ready for a kid now lol and i think im far from the "perfect body" XD

  • Mommy4000
    Submitted by   at 12:31 AM on January 9, 2010

    the hardest part for me was the birth because I just had no clue what to expect. I had so many people telling me this or that was definitely going to happen and almost nothing I was told was at all how my labor went. So just feeling I had absolutely no control over what was happening to me was very hard.

  • Eilish
    Submitted by   at 5:01 PM on February 13, 2010

    My first was colicky and had his days and nights confused. He caused a great amount of pain when I breastfed him because his sucked too hard. After 3 months I weaned cold turkey. But the first three were a nightmare ... my mom and I had to take shifts in the middle of the night because he cried for nearly all of the night.

  • Eilish
    Submitted by   at 5:06 PM on February 13, 2010

    After looking at your profile, OP, I'd recommend waiting to get pregnant. Motherhood is not a walk in the park and the chances of it being "easy" is slim simply because you cannot guarantee your child will be an easy baby. Plus, you are young enough that you can afford to wait. The financial aspect of motherhood depends on you and your ingenuity, but more often than not new moms spend way too much money on things they really don't *need*. There will ALWAYS be challenges to motherhood; emotional, physical, financial AND in the rearing of your child. When you have a baby you are committing the rest of your life to these challenges.

  • 1baby2
    Submitted by   at 6:15 PM on March 9, 2010

    The hardest part for me was postpartum depression. I had that foe 3 months, and was even hospitalized for my emotional state. Since then it has all been wonderful. We are currently trying for child number 2. My biggest concern is getting postpartum depression again, however I know I have a better handle on how to come with that depression, so I'm not extremely worried.

  • 1baby2
    Submitted by   at 6:15 PM on March 9, 2010

    I meant to type cope, not come

  • marievegan
    Submitted by   at 2:08 PM on March 19, 2010

    emotional aspect is hard.

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