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Everyone recognizes the enlarging abdomen of pregnancy, but unless a sister or close friend has been pregnant, you may not be familiar with the other amazing physical and emotional changes taking place.
Pregnancy is a steady stream of new experiences, and some may make you wonder if everything is going all right. You may also wonder if and when you should call your caregiver. Your experiences will be less distressing if you know the common physical and emotional changes during pregnancy.
Also, keep in mind that pregnancy and early parenthood initiate major changes in your relationships with your mate, your parents, other relatives and friends. Be patient with yourself. Do not expect everything to go perfectly. No childbirth experience exactly matches expectations.
Whenever possible, make allowances for the demands of pregnancy. Look at your body and its incredible ability to grow and nurture a baby. Try to flow with your new experiences. Give yourself time to get used to the realities of parenthood as you consider your plans or make different commitments for the future.
Every birth is different. It's natural to remember your childbirth experience in great detail and often useful to write it all down. You, your partner and your child will enjoy reading about this special experience for years to come.
Becoming a parent is the most important and challenging responsibility you can assume, and how extraordinary it is to be able to enjoy moments of peace with your child and to take pride in all you have accomplished.