There’s a million books on parenting and babies, not to mention advice from family and strangers. Then there’s the parenting forums and the Google rabbit hole. Everyone has a different take and statistics seem to say one thing one year and another the next. If you are looking for someone to tell you how to the perfect parent, you are out of luck. One thing that is always consistent and “right” is your intuition. It can guide you by telling you what doesn’t feel right and/or by giving you a great idea or solution. If you have time to further develop anything about yourself, your intuition would be one of the most useful things to come into motherhood with. Of course this means trusting your own judgement, ignoring the judgement of others, and being confident enough to follow your gut.
Getting over the fear of being judged is one excellent way to prepare for motherhood. There will be lots of opinions, glances, comments, and lectures from others that can make you feel judged as a mom. It takes some work but getting over your fear of judgement now will make your life as a mom much easier.