Every mother finds that their journey through pregnancy is special in its own way. After all, it’s the time you spend nurturing your child inside of you, and from the moment you realize you’re pregnant to the day you give birth, it’s a magical and often surreal experience that will be in your mind forever.
However, many mothers don’t just want to keep it to themselves. They want to share it with others in the form of advice, pictures or even a journal. But other mothers are against this and believe that it’s a private experience that you should keep to yourself and close friends and family. There are arguments for both, but we believe that sharing your experiences can be beneficial to other mothers out there.
Giving advice to other mothers
One of the best ways to share your experiences is to give advice to other mothers. However, you absolutely don’t want to sound like a know-it-all and you don’t want to spout nonsense that you never went through. Instead, speak from experience and give people the real deal when it comes to your advice. Let them know about our experiences and tell them what worked for you, but don’t be overbearing. Tell them about your favourite shows to watch when you were pregnant, the snacks that curb your cravings and how to stay fit during it.
Advice is perhaps one of the most important things to give out once you’ve experienced pregnancy for yourself. When you’re pregnant, you’ll typically want to ask friends and family members for advice, but occasionally, seeking advice from people over the internet can also be a great idea. You can give advice on virtually any website or community dedicated to parenting, and here are a couple of our suggestions:
- reddit.com/r/Parenting is a fantastic place to share your experiences with parenting and also pick up and advice and have friendly discussions. As a community based around parenting, it’s the perfect place to discuss the ups and downs of parenting and to also meet people that are in a similar situation as you. It’s one of the most active online communities that you can get involved with when it comes to parenting. In addition to the parenting subreddit, there are also dozens of other fantastic subreddits dedicated to parenting.
- Online therapy is another potential solution that many people turn to. People volunteer as listeners and they’ll listen to your problems, offer solutions and even give you support on the problems that you’re going through. You could even return the favour in the future and volunteer to become a listener and help parents in the future.
- Social media groups such as those on Facebook are also a great way to get more down-to-earth advice. However, these communities can vary in how much they offer you. For instance, some social media groups aren’t that great for seeking advice and are places where you can just let out your frustrations and rant.
It’s a good idea to remember that if you are having serious trouble with your parenting woes, then you need to consider professional advice first. These online communities are a fantastic place to share your experiences and contact other mothers, but they can’t offer the same advice and assistance as a professional service.
Creating a bit of side income
You can even use your experiences to make some money on the side. For instance, you could sign up to be a prenatal fitness specialist if you have experience staying fit before and after your pregnancy. It’s a great way to earn some income on the side from your experiences and can be a great way to pay for certain baby expenses. In addition, you could also blog or vlog about your experiences and generate a bit of advertising revenue.
Blogging or vlogging about your parenting can be a lot of fun, but don’t expect it to make you plenty of money especially right at the start. It takes a lot of effort and you need to build momentum by learning how to take advantage of affiliate marketing and advertising revenue. It’s not the easiest way to make money, but it can give you a platform to express yourself, teach people about parenting and even make a little income on the side.
If you’re interested in making money as a blogger, then there are plenty of articles on the internet that will give you some excellent advice. From getting paid to write guest posts to selling an eBook about parenting, there are many ways to earn some extra income if you’re willing to take the initiative.
Reflecting on your experiences
Sharing your pregnancy journey with friends and family members is a great way to reflect on everything. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from the mistakes that you made, figure out what you’d do differently or even plan ahead for a future child. You can often share your experiences on Facebook, a personal blog or even in writing. Many people feel that physically writing about your experiences is an excellent way to express yourself, and while there are no easy ways to erase or undo writing (especially in ink) it creates something with tremendous sentimental value.
In fact, reflective parenting is a skill set that encourages you to reflect back on your experiences in order to further your skills and find new principles to follow. It’s all about helping you see the world from the perspective of your child and it gives new meaning to the actions you can take.
In short, there are plenty of advantages to sharing our experiences with others. It’s not just about giving information out and teaching others, but also about reflecting on your journey and picking out mistakes that you could’ve avoided or issues that you can deal with more efficiently in the future. So should you share your pregnancy journey? Absolutely! There are plenty of ways to do so and thanks to the internet, you can even do it anonymously if you want to.