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ADVENTURES IN HAPPINESS PODCAST

Ep 73 – Pregnancy and Early Motherhood: My Birth Story


by Jessica Ortner

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In today’s episode, I will share my birthing and early motherhood experience with baby Enzo. This has been the most empowering experience of my life…the insights, advice, and lessons learned have been truly fascinating and have helped me to grow as a mother and a person. My typical approach to most new experiences is curiosity and asking lots of questions. So I received tons of great advice to help prepare me for birth and I will share a few gems of wisdom that I used, from training for labor to how we can adjust our expectations so we are not disappointed. Navigating early motherhood was a huge challenge for me as I’m sure it is for lots of other moms out there. I have a huge amount of respect for this journey and hope that sharing my story will give others a little support as they navigate motherhood.

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  1. Lorena Cernadas says:

    OMG! Loved, loved, loved it! I really loved the last 2 episodes about your story! I can relate so much to what you say. I’m also Argentinean – came here in my teens and my husband, I met in Argentina and he ended up coming here in his 20s. We had our first baby in our early 30s and it was actually a great experience, pregnancy and labor were pretty easy, but had many problems breastfeeding Lucas and he also suffered from acid reflux.

    We waited a few years before trying for our second baby because the first time around I got pregnant right away and thought this time it would be the same. But, surprise, surprise, we tried for 2 years and no luck. We finally reached out to fertility specialists and after a year and 4 miscarriages along the way, we now have a “successful” pregnancy – I’m expecting a little girl in November. I remember listening to you talking about how scared you were about telling people you were pregnant after your miscarriage. After 4 of them, I had the same issue. I actually ended up telling only my close friends and really close relatives at around 12 weeks, but I was not able to “tell the whole world” until I was 5 months! I was terrified and I’m still very anxious every time I have to go to a doctor’s appointment or ultrasound.

    I really appreciate you telling your story. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. You are so sincere and open about your experience, I know you’re helping many moms.

    Enzo es un sol! Thanks so much, Jessica.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I agree that we put to many expectations and pressure on ourselves to have a really unrealistic birthing experience and become disappointed when that fantasy is unmet. I had a 4 day labor 2 years ago. I spent the entire pregnancy tapping and thought his father would be so supportive, I’d have a really quick and easy labor, I’d have the best team, and “angels would sing” when he came over out. And yes, his father was supportive, but it didn’t look like the way I had imagined, my team was the best, but I didn’t always love the realistic updates they gave me, and when he came out, I was too exhausted to hold him and still feel like I missed out on the most important bonding opportunity and still feel like I failed there. After, he didn’t gain weight with breast feeding alone and I had to supplement. Another failure. It was very hard. And tapping was an amazing support to me. Your podcast helps me look back at that with more compassion and less judgement on myself. Childbirth is another opportunity to beat ourselves up. Besides, I have the healthiest, cutest, happiest, active, fun toddler I know. Nothing else matters, and I say that with peace in my heart . Bless you, your baby boy, and your family. With lots of love, melissa

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