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Pregnancies and births: 2 & 2
Children: 2 sons, 21 months and 19 days
I am trying to get this finished while both of my boys are sleeping, so it will be short:) I had my first son via cesarean for a placental abruption in September of 2008, and knew, even in recovery that I would shoot for a vbac with my 2nd child. After his birth, I had PPD and struggled with feeling good about becoming a mother.
After his birth, I found ICAN through The Shape of a Mother and have become very active in my local chapter. In September of 2009, I found out I was pregnant again and my husband and I were thrilled. I found a very vbac supportive provider and a fantastic doula. 19 days ago, I went into labor naturally at 39 weeks and 3 days. After a very short, powerful, and very supported labor, I had an amazing hospital VBAC surrounded by people who believed in me and my body’s ability to birth. It was a mostly natural birth and I got something called a paracervical block at the end to help me through the last bit of transition. It was the single most powerful experience in my life and I am so grateful to the people around me who trusted and believed in the safety of vbac.
I am 5′ 8″ and started the pregnancy at 133. I gained 21 pounds and ended my pregnancy at 154. I continued to exercise and stay active throughout the full 9 1/2 months, ate (fairly), and just trusted that my body knew what it could do. For me, the exercise was less about how I looked and was more to prepare for the work ahead during labor. i wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of getting my vbac.
At 19 days PP, I have 7 pounds to lose to get to prepregnancy weight, but am really not worried about that bit. It will come off with some work. I think that my body looks pretty good for being so newly post partum, but even better, I feel wonderful! I feel empowered, loved, and worthy of being a mother. The post partum depression is non-existent and I am really proud of fighting for the birth that I wanted.
1st: 37 weeks pregnant with my husband and son
2nd: 19 days post partum
3rd: 19 days post partum
4th: My two boys