How Long Does It Take To Adjust To Motherhood?

It takes 4 months and 23 days to adjust to motherhood, a recent study  commissioned by the baby brand Munchkin says.

Claire Rayner, spokeswoman for Munchkin said, “Becoming a mum for the first time leads to a flurry of mixed emotions and it can naturally be completely overwhelming. It’s one of the best things that can happen to someone but it can understandably be very scary too.”

The study also revealed that during pregnancy, one out of 2 women were nervous and scared of becoming a mother, while one in four said they felt “completely daunted.” That number increased after the birth of their child with more than half polled admitted to being overwhelmed with the prospect of being a mother.

More interesting statistics from the study:

  • 57% admitted those first few months passed by “in a bit of a blur” because they were worried about perfection and “doing things right”
  • 2 out of 3 mothers admitted the worry and exhaustion of being a new parent even led them to burst into tears
  • 6 out of 10 said they wish they didn’t worry as much as they had at the time
  • 47% were surprised at the amount of time it took for them to properly get the hang of being a mom
  • 1 out of 5 women admitted they didn’t tell anyone what they were feeling because they didn’t want to be thought of as failing or seen to struggle in their new role

What can I say? I  think it took me about 6 weeks to get comfortable with being a mama. During those initial days I was exhausted from childbirth, from breastfeeding continuously, I suffered from some kind of anorexia. But afterwards – it’s just been great. I certainly have a very easy and delightful baby, who hardly every cries. I can and do take her everywhere and I’m just so in love with her. I really love my job description “mama”.


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Categories: Baby Manual

Author:Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka is a best-selling and award-winning Children's Author.


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