The amazing Natisja Habich with her son Samuel. Natisja had to wait for quite some time for her partner to be ready to have a child. She says that she was ready and felt that they were ready as a couple but he hadn't come around just yet. Once he felt ready they began trying and nothing was happening. Natisja says that she was doing everything the best she could - exercising and eating very healthy. They went to Italy to get married and have their honeymoon and she says that all went out the window. She ate all the pasta and sweets, cocktails and coffee and came home to discover she was pregnant!
Natisja's pregnancy went well and she had plans for a birth at home with midwives. When her water broke, there was meconium present and she needed to transfer to hospital. Knowing that standard procedure was to induce in this scenario she asked her midwife to call around and see if a hospital would accept her and allow her to labor without induction. They finally found a hospital that would give her a certain amount of time to labor without intervention. She transferred there and about 9 hours later was able to give birth to Samuel without any complication.
Natisja has settled into motherhood beautifully and found that as Samuel has grown, things have come with more ease. Breastfeeding was quite difficult at first though she didn't put much pressure on it. Thinking if she could just get through the next day or the next week that would be wonderful. Overtime things became normal and natural and she absolutely love it.
Body issues, feeling fat and unattractive has always been part of Natisja's internal dialogue. During her pregnancy she struggled with her disappearing waist and is hoping to use this as a turning point of celebration and allow her to view her body is a positive light. She wants to look at her body, a little softer now, as still worthy.