The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Being pregnant can result in unexpected medical conditions. Here, three mothers share the emotional and physical hurdles they faced along the way.
“The idea of a C-section scared me because it is major surgery.” Rachel Rosen, Tarzana, Calif.
When you’re a labor nurse, part of your job description both on and off duty is listening to “story time;” women’s recaps of how labor progressed and how their birth happened. Women must tell. It’s uncontrollable.
“I love being a mom. I feel like life is now complete.” Melisande Green, Los Angeles
At age 37, I found out I was expecting and I was thrilled. I had been separated previously from my husband; but at the time, we were back together. Once I knew I was pregnant, I began to feel as if I needed to watch out for my life in a bigger way. The same problems with my husband kept surfacing, so I filed for divorce when I was six weeks pregnant.
You know your delivery probably won’t go down like it did in Knocked Up or on ER (let’s hope), but what labor and childbirth look like has remained mostly a mystery to modern women—until now.
Last week, my niece was born. She was born at home, in a birthing tub, surrounded by midwives, doulas and family. When we heard she was here we were quiet more than jubilant. Somehow, knowing our niece had been born, and knowing--as we now know--what childbirth and childrearing entail, we weren’t in cigar-smoking, champagne-popping mode. Happy, yes. Delighted to have a new niece, relieved and happy and proud to know the home birth had gone well. And….pensive.
Former TV host Ricki Lake’s older son, Milo, was born 12 years ago in a New York City hospital. “After so many months of preparation . . . I was never in control. I had wanted to feel everything, but all I remembered of labor was fear and panic,” she writes in the preface to Your Best Birth. Shortly thereafter, Lake became a self-described birth junkie; and five years later her second son, Owen, was delivered at home, in water, by a midwife. “I chose to go against much of the advice given to me and did what I wanted, and it turned out even better than I expected,” she writes.
Emily and Aron welcomed their baby girl, Lena, into the world at 4:54 on Thursday, October 18th, weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Aron writes that Lena and Emily are healthy, happy, and resting, and that "Emily was amazing." (We knew she would be!)
Congratulations to Emily, Aron, and big sister Sylvia, and welcome to the world, little Lena!
—The Fit Pregnancy Editors
Check back on Monday, when Emily will be back to share the story of Lena's birth.