Isn't the thought of becoming a mom a bit overwhelming sometimes? I know that it was for me. While I was filled to the brim with excitement, there were still moments of panic when I felt like there was so much that I didn't know. Luckily, there are lots of ways to connect with other moms — and with the help of technology there are even more ways to connect than ever before.
So never fear moms-to-be, you will not be alone in this new adventure, I promise. Here are a few ways to connect (and some tips I picked up along the way):
1. Use the boards.
I had been lurking on The Bump boards way before my husband and I were trying to conceive and even a bit into my pregnancy. I never used them, but then of these questions started popping up in my head. When was I supposed to start showing? What was okay to eat? Where can I find inexpensive but adorable maternity clothes? No joke, all of these questions and more got answered by real women. The online community (shout out to my fellow moms of my Birth Month Board!) here at The Bump has come in handy more times than I can count. Another plus? My birth month board has even branched out to other forms of social media, too. It is a blast watching their little ones grow as mine does too!
2. Don't shy away from in-person community groups.
You might be surprised at what is available for you within your local community. I live in the city of Grand Rapids and was able to connect with a few groups of like-minded moms through one of our local children's stores. There are breastfeeding support groups, baby-wearing groups and so much more! You might even connect with someone over story time at your local library. The nice thing about groups is that you can connect with multiple people at the same time without the pressure of a one-on-one hang out. Overall, the commitment is what you make it.
3. You get what you give — so be social!
If you are a mom of many, or a new mom, odds are that you will end up at a park or playground at some point. Similar to you, there will most likely be other moms nearby keeping an eye on their wild one. Sometimes all it takes is a polite "Hi" to strike up a riveting conversation about the "usual" — sleep, poop, baby's firsts, etc... Who knows, you might even make a connection!
4. Go on, take a child-birth class.
Want to know the best part about most child-birthing classes? You're not alone. Best of all, a lot of the moms will be in the EXACT same phase of pregnancy you are. You can relate over your weird bodily functions, growing bellies and even your new mom fears. If you feel comfortable, snag some of their contact information. Odds are you will continue to have a lot in common with your new babies arrival!