How to Know If You're Prepared to Become a Mother
For most women, motherhood is a normal and natural desire. However, it’s also true that it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. As a result, it’s best that every woman know if she’s prepared both physically and emotionally to become a mother.
The desire to become a mother
Being a mother implies being responsible, and having the time and the willingness to do the job. Motherhood is something natural that happens to us at a certain moment in our lives.
A woman’s biological clock starts ticking, and the urge to become a mother emerges from within.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
How to know if I’m prepared
Wanting to be a mother
If you feel an uncontrollable desire within you, an unstoppable urge to start a family, a thought that recurs constantly, it’s probably the right time to become a mother.
Don’t be afraid of failure or what others might tell you. Being a mother is something you learn with time.
Once you feel prepared, having your child in your arms will teach you how to be a good mother with each new day.
If, on the other hand, the mere thought of becoming a mother provokes anxiety or frustration, if fear outweighs enthusiasm or if the thought of having a child is distressing, maybe you need more time to think.
This exaggerated sense of insecurity might indicate that you’re not sufficiently prepared.
Preparing yourself emotionally
Being a mother isn’t a pastime or a hobby. It’s a serious responsibility that you’ll have for the rest of your life. A mother never stops being a mother, even when her children have grown and started their own families.
For these reasons, every woman should feel prepared to become a mother. This should be free of pressure regarding her age, environment, or situation.
Being a mother means being willing to give up your time to share it with someone who needs you. This can often mean setting aside your own pleasures and goals in favor of new ones.
Plan your budget
It goes without saying that the most important thing for your child is love and caring, not luxuries and treats. However, deciding to become a mother means that you’ll have to plan your home budget accordingly.
Not only should you think about expenses presented by a new addition to the home, but also the additional costs that will come down the road. This includes preparing for medical expenses, education, clothing, etc.
A couple’s decision
If you have a partner, that means deciding to become a mother is a shared decision. Both of you should want a child. You should realize that becoming parents will change your lives.
As we’ve already explained, having a child is a joy, but also a responsibility.
Don’t force yourself to become a mother
You should never let anyone make you feel obligated to become a mother. This will be one of the most important decisions of your life. As such, it should be your and your partner’s choice, and needs to be thought out and planned for.
Know that your life will change
It’s vital that you understand that the arrival of a child will change your life completely. In many respects, it will turn your life upside-down. If you have this clear and feel up to the new challenge, you’re ready to take on the adventure of being a mother.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
– Sophia Loren
In addition, becoming a mother doesn’t mean you’ll stop enjoying life, or that you’ll enjoy it much less. However, you have to be conscious of the fact that the life that is about to begin will be very different from what came before.
Starting now, your plans, dreams, goals and decisions will have to take your child’s well-being into account. Remember that his or her needs will often take priority over your own.
Don’t be afraid. You’ll soon realize that having a child is a wonderful experience that makes you happy, brings out the best in you, and gives you reason to smile each day.
Being a mother will make you feel indispensable to the life of the new child, who is entering this world defenseless. It will be, without a doubt, the best experience you’ve ever had.