Telegraph columnist and writer Bryony Gordon writes about the things she wish she knew before motherhood. Find out more in the book Things I Wish I’d Known edited by Victoria Young, featuring plenty more brilliantly entertaining contributions from Emma Freud, Shobna Gulati, Adele Parks and many more. And don’t forget to check out Bryony’s Youtube channel, One Fat Mother, for fun, guilt free advice & tips for raising little ones.
I wish I’d known…
1. You can read all the guide books in the world about motherhood, but in the end you need to just relax and trust your maternal instincts.
2. You will start crying and crying about three days after you get home from hospital. You might actually find you miss it just being you and your other half. This doesn’t mean you have post natal depression – it’s the baby blues (but if it goes on for a while, please go and see someone).
3. Don’t feel you have to hide away for the first two weeks of your baby’s life. Getting out of the house made me feel human again.
4. Babies can be really tedious.
5. You don’t need to lose all the baby weight immediately, so don’t even think about it.
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Things I Wish I’d Known is available now in all good bookshops.