Before having a child I had no idea ‘mum guilt‘ was actually a thing, but from pretty much the moment I became pregnant it hit me.
I felt guilty for just about everything. First it was not eating a healthy diet during pregnancy. The pizza and crumble I craved were not giving my child the best start in life. Then I felt guilty for complaining about being uncomfortable, because I felt I should be permanently happy and glowing. Then I felt guilty for feeling stressed, because it might be harming my baby.
I assumed the guilt was just down to pregnancy hormones making me a little irrational, but then when my baby was born it got worse!
I don’t think I’m the only one. In fact it appears we have an epidemic on our hands. Mums are so desperate to create a perfect environment for their little ones that they constantly punish themselves.
The list of things that could make a mum to feel guilty is pretty endless. I don’t think the mum guilt is going away anytime soon, but it helps to know I’m not suffering alone. Take pleasure in knowing that the fact we experience it it just shows how much we care.