You can't really prepare to become a mom. "It's like getting a whole new identity," says Dr. Jennifer Wider, author of "The New Mom's Survival Guide." "You have to adjust to this new self." You also have to adjust to changes in your body, your emotions, your schedule and your laundry routine. And while you can't learn everything ahead of time, you can get started on a few essentials.
Here are 10 things every new mom needs to know.