The amazing Sandy Jorgenson and Margot (17 months). Sandy and her husband tried to conceive for about 14 months before getting pregnant with Margot. Sandy was okay with the wait until right up to the 12-month mark when she decided they should probably both get checked for infertility issues. Her husband checked out fine after which she started to worry that she had issues. Everything looked good on her end too, and she learned the HCG procedure she had to check her uterus and fallopian tubes for blockages could actually increase her chance of pregnancy. 9 days later, their daughter was conceived. Sandy had a very healthy pregnancy and very much enjoyed being pregnant. She had hoped to have a entirely natural, drug-free birth and was able to birth her daughter in the water. Sandy had a 3rd degree after delivery, and part of hymen tissue had prolapsed and was stitched up improperly. She was told that she would heal naturally, and the tissue would retreat, but that didn't quite happen. She spent the next several months in significant pain and had trouble sitting and walking. At 4 months postpartum, depression set in and at 5 months, she was finally able to have reparative surgery. It was still almost a year before Sandy felt herself again. She and Margot have a wonderful nursing relationship and are still going strong.
When reflecting on her journey and decision to participate in the project, Sandy so beautifully said, "Never in my life have I felt more powerful, more beautiful or so strong as I have since having Margot. Growing, birthing and raising her has been my greatest pride and my most profound accomplishment. And the reason why I wanted to participate in this project is because I want to do my part in showing how strong we are as mothers. Stripping down and baring our bodies and our souls for the 4th Trimester Bodies Project requires us to be brave, and to be strong - and these things in themselves render us beautiful. I'm infinitely blessed and so proud to stand with the women who've spearheaded this wild expedition that is motherhood, and with those who have fearlessly blazed the trail before me and beside me. "