Welcoming my newest addition.
Y’all I had a baby.
The last 9 months, (technically 10) I’ve focused on my family and preparing for the birth of my son. My pregnancy was a welcomed surprise. I haven’t had a baby in over 9 years ( I have one daughter ☺️).
Let me give y’all some background. In October 2020, I had the overwhelming feeling of new beginnings. I was working a job I had for the past 5 years and was absolutely miserable there. I wanted to focus solely on growing my business, Addressed Apparel. I had saved enough money to cover living expenses and was ready to start a new chapter. I was mentally prepared and accepting of whatever the Lord had in store for me. I kept seeing the signs and knew it was my time for something new. I put in my resignation letter on October 4 2020. Of course the response I received from management was toxic as ever, reason number 5,634 why I needed to leave that space. I kid you not, the next Sunday 10/11/2020 I took a pregnancy test, only to discover I was surely expecting. Y’all!!!!!! I was having a baby!! A second child, with my love I was sooo happy! It wasn’t my plan but it was definitely God’s plan on my life.
My pregnancy was overall easy (if you don’t count the sciatic nerve pain, nausea and headaches). I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes 29 weeks. Gestational diabetes is a hormonal form of diabetes that happens only in pregnant women and usually goes away shortly after delivery. The new grown placenta creates hormones that block your pancreas from creating enough insulin. So a pregnant women has to check her blood sugar 4x a day in order to not cause harm to baby. The baby can be born too big, with low blood sugar or stillborn. Gestational diabetes can be detrimental to the mother and baby but it can also be managed. I manage my gestational diabetes with diet and exercise. Low carbs, high protein, healthy fats and fibers were my new life. When first diagnosed I cried every time I grocery shopped. I was so overwhelmed with the idea of having gestational diabetes.I have never in my life had such a restricted diet. What helped me was talking to other pregnant moms that also had gestational diabetes. They gave me hope with so many tips and tricks in managing gestational diabetes. I also learned some things on my own along the way. Exercising after a meal was so helpful when I wanted extra carbs. Exercising really burns extra glucose! I was worried that my baby was going to be too big and I would have to be induced at 38 weeks. Thankful I didn’t need early induction.
I went into labor spontaneously at 40 weeks and two days! The Lord is good!!!! I pushed my son out laying on my side because that was the most comfortable position at the time (I was exhausted, labor is hard work!). I pushed 4 times and he was out. When they put him in my hands I felt a love and joy that is indescribable. My entire birthing experience was truly beautiful. I birthed my son unmedicated and now I’m really a mother warrior. I’ve always admire women that chose to go unmedicated but I didn’t feel sure I could do it. My support team encouraged me the whole time and I did it! Now I am to a birth warrior!
Are you a mom? Do you have a birth experience you’ll like to share? Just reply to this email. I would love to hear your story.