Ever wondered what it’s like being a Mum in Turkey, here is my experience so far…..
Over a year ago I gave birth to our son here in Turkey. At the time I wrote about being pregnant in Turkey and I thought it was about time to write what its been like being a first time Mum living in Turkey for me.
During the time of the birth everything went pretty well but at the time I would have told you different. It wasn’t easy going through my first birth without close family around me. I was grateful that my husband was there and that my doctor and the staff supported me through the whole birthing. I would certainly recommend going private and taking your time to choose your hospital, it made all the difference having people you could trust.
Afterwards it was home with baby and learning the ropes of being a first time Mum. I am glad to say that I find motherhood fairly easy and we haven’t had many major issues to deal with. I am also very grateful that this is the case for me. If there had been larger problems or I wasn’t settling into being a Mum I think life would be very difficult.
For me and a few others I know we live very isolated lives. Yes we have made friends with people in the community but our families are many miles away from us and so we lack the support network that many first time Mums have.
It wasn’t until our trip back to Scotland this summer that I realised how tired I was and how much pressure I had been under. I really had been like a single Mum with no one to support me.
My Husband is great and does what he can, but as always with children it comes down to the Mum to do the lions share of the work and care. When you don’t have family and friends around to give you a break from Baby from time to time that job becomes a 24 hours 365 days a year job.
I can hear some Mums now saying well that’s motherhood, but just think about it for a moment…… Most Mothers have a family member or friend they can leave baby with for a few hours, or come round and help with the housework or watch baby while you catch up on some sleep or have some “you time”.