I’ve never written about my pregnancies…
I’ve been pregnant four times and I have two beautiful girls. I suppose it’s time I do share the whole story.
I was first pregnant when I was 23 years old. This baby was very much wanted. We hadn’t necessarily tried hard to get pregnant… but after being married 3 years… we felt it was a good time to add a baby to the family.
My first ultrasound revealed an ectopic pregnancy and I was rushed to the hospital to remove it. During the surgery… it was discovered that I also had an embryo in my uterus. The doctor gave little hope for it’s survival. I carried this survivor for three months and at that point I lost the pregnancy. I had to undergo another surgery and it was a whole year before I even thought of trying again.
Losing a baby… two babies in fact… was difficult. I ate very little. I slept even less. I began to develop anxiety and depression. I had few interests and didn’t want to go out with friends. After some therapy and a little medication… I felt the desire to try and have a baby again.
I was pregnant on the first try and knew it right away. That familiar feeling of sickness. fatigue, and joy enveloped me like an old friend. I was careful not to tell too many people, but it was written all over my face. I was pregnant and overjoyed. One month later… I miscarried. Again.
This time I was determined. I was going to have a baby. We tried again and the very next month… I was pregnant again.
And she decided to stick around. Rachel Michele Loubet was born on August 25th, 2004. I had my baby.
And when she was six months old… I was pregnant again with her sister, Allison… Although I wouldn’t know it for another three months.
So… I have two beautiful girls after enduring the joy and pain of four pregnancies. I was asked to write about what I worried about most while I was pregnant. I worried most about losing another baby. I worried that I’d never be able to carry to term. I worried that I’d never know what it was like to deliver a child into the world. Those are the things I worried most about.
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