The stunning Stephanie Moran and Billy (21 months). Stephanie had been very fit and strong when she got pregnant and did her best to continue with her activity and work outs while she was pregnant. She was lifting weights and staying active throughout her pregnancy and says that all around it was quite a blissful time for she and her husband. She had midwifery care throughout and delivered in a birthing center attached to a hospital. After laboring for several hours at home they went in and were allowed to continue laboring alone for the most part. Her labor continued for about 10 more hours but she says that it went by in a flash. Billy's arrival was uncomplicated and Stephanie was looking forward to her husband letting her know if their baby was a boy or girl. They were both thrilled to find he was a boy and they were able to spend a few minutes with him before they realized he was quite purple and not pinking up. Billy was whisked away to the hospital as they tried to sort out what was going on with him and separately, Stephanie's bleeding was not letting up. It was ultimately determined that Stephanie had been Group B Strep positive (her practice doesn't routinely screen) and Billy had to spend several days in ICU. They didn't know the first few days if he was going to make it and Stephanie wasn't able to hold him for several days. She was concerned that breastfeeding wouldn't work out for them due to his rocky start but she was grateful to have such great support. There were two women at the hospital particularly who came in to the ICU and encouraged her to have some skin to skin time, which changed everything for them. She and Billy went on to nurse until he self weaned around 15 months.
Stephanie also shared with us how amazing it was to have such great support postpartum. The day after they came home they were surprised to have a midwife at the door already (on a Sunday afternoon!) to check in on them and she still comes by to see them occasionally.
Stephanie says that she has never particularly liked her body and feels grateful she had her son first as she didn't yet feel prepared to instill positive body image in a daughter, but she very much hopes to get there. She also has found herself avoiding being in photos with her son and read something recently that mentioned your children will never look back on their childhood photos an think about what their mom does or doesn't look like, they'll only notice if they don't see their mom at all. She's hoping to give her son, and herself that very opportunity. #4thTrimesterBodiesProject #4thTriLondon #4thTriEurope