You grow a cute little bump for nine months, get to shop for an entirely new聽maternity wardrobe, spend a few days in the hospital and boom, you鈥檙e a new mama! Right? Um, well, kind of. Whether it鈥檚 those oh-so charming changes your body goes through, the reality of a聽home birth or how to care for a newborn, chances are your mommy friends may have left out a few of the 鈥渇iner鈥 points of the process. Don鈥檛 worry: These aren鈥檛 scary, and they won鈥檛 make you close your eyes聽and click聽your sparkly red heels together three times, wishing for your single days. That said, you need to know these little nuggets 鈥 before you have your own little nugget!

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1. You鈥檒l be a squatting machine.聽Your belly pops, and suddenly there鈥檚 a real baby hanging out in the middle of your abdomen. And guess what? Bending over is off the table as an option (especially as your bump grows鈥 and grows and grows). Every time you drop your keys, a pen rolls off the table or you see a shiny penny that鈥檚 heads up (and good luck!), you鈥檒l need to squat down to get whatever is on the ground.

2. You need a new wardrobe of bras.聽That bump in the middle of your belly isn鈥檛 the only body part getting bigger. The more preggo you are, the more your cup size goes up. Yeah, you鈥檒l want something supportive and completely comfy. But there鈥檚 no rule against pregnant mamas keeping things pretty with a bit of lace here and there. You鈥檒l also need to stock up on nursing bras and a few in a slightly smaller size for when everything goes back down again.

3. Forget the pretty PJs.聽At least, forget about bringing them to the hospital. Childbirth is messy. Sorry, but it is. If everything goes as planned, chances are that your medical facility will get you up and out within 48 hours of delivery. Between the mess factor and the quick stay, you won鈥檛 have much need for the 17 pairs of silky pajamas that you bought for the 鈥渂ig day.鈥 No, hospital gowns aren鈥檛 exactly stylish. But you don鈥檛 have to launder them, and they provide easy access for the doctors, interns, medical students and nurses who聽will be poking and prodding you.

4. Bring on the feminine hygiene products.聽Remember those super-bulky maxi pads that your mom bought for you the first time you had your period? Well, after having a baby, they make a comeback. Nix the notion of tampons for the time being. If you don鈥檛 want to use the hospital-issue kind (or send your partner聽out into the wilds of the feminine product aisle), go out and buy yourself a big ol鈥 box before your due date.

5. Labor and delivery equals no noshing.聽It鈥檚 the 10th聽hour of your labor. You鈥檙e barreling through the contractions like a little Viking, while your boo聽sits nearby nibbling on the lush, juicy blueberry muffin that they聽just got at the hospital cafeteria. And you can鈥檛 have any. It鈥檚 likely that your doc won鈥檛 green-light food (or liquids either) until after delivery. Hey, they鈥檙e not being mean. It鈥檚 just a precaution in case something goes less than right and you have to have a C-section or any other surgical procedure.

mother and newborn baby

6. Babies are crazy floppy.聽You鈥檝e made it through three trimesters of pregnancy, 10 hours of labor and 45 minutes of pushing, and now you have a brand new baby! Aw! They鈥檙e聽squishy, sweet-smelling and鈥 super-duper floppy. Your newborn doesn鈥檛 have the neck muscles to hold their聽head up. That means when you cradle them聽and pass them聽over to every friend, family member and old college roommate who comes to visit, it will seem like their聽head鈥檚 going to pop back like a PEZ dispenser. Don鈥檛 worry: In about a month, the rag-doll phase will be a thing of the past.

7. Newborn diapers don鈥檛 fit.聽Not well, anyway. Your days-old bebe is more like a featherless chicken than one of those commercial newborns (who tend to look a bit more like six-week-olds than six-hour-olds). Even the smallest size of diaper won鈥檛 fit super snugly. What does this mean for you? Let鈥檚 just say that you鈥檒l spend more time washing itty-bitty baby clothes, sheets and receiving blankets than you ever thought you would.

What鈥檚 your top tip for a new soon-to-be mama? Share your idea and tweet us @BritandCo!

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