The amazing Abby Honhart with her son Fin (4) and daughters Livie (2) and Isla (5.5 months). Abby had an uncomplicated first pregnancy, so much so that she says she forgot she was pregnant outside of the moments she felt the baby kicking. Abby chose a hospital based midwife for her care and carried until 41 weeks. Labor started slowly and she was able to labor at home for quite some time before transferring to hospital. Things continued to progress well and Abby was able to continue without any pain meds. She had progressed to an 8 but began to regress and her cervix began to swell. Her midwife suggested she consider an epidural so she could get some rest and avoid a cesarean. After her epidural Abby was able to take the best nap of her life, when she was woken up 45 minutes later she was fully dilated and told she was ready to push. After hours of pushing Fin still wasn't coming down and her midwife suggested the doctor come in for a cesarean consult. While the midwife was gone, a nurse stepped in and told her she could do it. They had 5 minutes to see what she could do and the nurse was confident she could avoid a cesarean. Abby says she became very hands on and by time the doctor arrived Fin was crowning and Abby was able to push him out without complication.
Abby found out she was pregnant with Livie when Fin was about a year old. She had another uneventful pregnancy and this time, things progressed very quickly. She labored at home and contractions went from 20 minutes apart, to 10, to 5, to on top of one another quite fast. They arrived to hospital just 45 minutes before Livie was born and she crawled up to begin nursing right away. Abby's pregnancy with Isla was uncomplicated as well and she also came quite quickly, just 30 minutes after they got to hospital. Abby always imagined that she would be zen during labor and delivery. She did prenatal yoga and prepared a very "om" playlist for the hospital. Instead she says she shows up and puts the dance music on and laughs at how different her expectations were versus what actually works for her.
Breastfeeding has gone well with all of her children, as a working mom she's been able to pump and continue to nurse with increasing length each time.
Abby says it's often assumed that she's lucky her body has "bounced back" after pregnancy. While it may be similar in size her body has still changed quite a bit. As a mother now she is a different mentally, emotionally and physically and she wouldn't have it any other way.