Being a new mom presents you with a slew of seemingly never-ending, particularly tough situations. From learning how to breastfeed to attempting to get some much-needed sleep to trying to figure out motherhood in general, parenthood is tough. Because it can be exhausting, frustrating, and downright difficult, there are so many things every new mom wants to say...but almost never actually says.
Whether it's out of obligation, social pressures to appear put together and in-the-know, it's not at all uncommon to feel alone in your parenting experience. Or maybe you're simply too freakin' tired to say exactly what's on your mind. Either way, it can be really hard to voice your true feelings right after you have a baby. Your hormones are going in a thousand different directions, your entire body is sore, there's a brand new baby eating up the majority of your time, energy, and attention, not to mention a whole new list of social standards you're expected (and definitely pressured) to adhere to now that you're a mom. You're trying to figure out where you fit in the parenting world, how you want to raise your child and how to navigate a culture that judges you for, well, just about anything.
Maybe you don't want to make waves or maybe you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings; Regardless, there are things you would absolutely love to say to your friends, your family, your partner, or even absolute strangers, that you end up hoarding inside of your sleep-deprived mind, instead.
Is this necessary? Well, maybe. Family, friendship and romantic relationship dynamics are complicated, and you're really the only person who knows what's OK to say to certain people, and what isn't. But I will say that, in many situations, if a new mom just felt supported and respected enough to truly speak up and say what is on her mind, postpartum life would be substantially easier.
Here are 12 things every new mom wants to say, because hey, if you don't want to say it, I will. (They don't know me, anyway.)