The amazing Alexis Sharabaika with her daughter Thalia (9 months). Alexis and her husband weren't certain whether or not they wanted to have children. He wanted to have a brood but she had always been very career focused and wasn't sure she wanted to change that. After waiting and seeing their friends have struggles with fertility and other issues as they got older she decided to give it a go and things just happened rather quickly. Alexis had a very healthy pregnancy, she only gained 7 lbs the duration and was able to continue swimming, spin class and all of her normal fitness throughout. She never got a big bump which she was grateful for as she was worried that being too visibly pregnant may have affected or impacted her work relationships. Alexis knew she had begun dilating due to an exam but the evening she went into labor wasn't quite sure what was happening. She felt like she needed to go to the bathroom but also felt very ill. After dealing with both for some time, she headed into the hospital and found that she was already 5 cms dilated. She intended to labor naturally but ended up requesting an epidural and was grateful it allowed labor to progress while conserving energy. Her water was broken at the hospital and it was determined that meconium was present. She didn't feel anything for about 6 hours and her daughter was eventually born without complication though forceps assistance was used. Due to the use of forceps and the presence of meconium in her fluid, Alexis says that there were a lot more people than expected in her room. Thankfully, her daughter was born healthy and happy. Alexis had always intedned to breastfeed but struggled for the first few weeks. Even though she doesn't believe she ever experienced mastitis or any other issues, she began having abscesses form in one of her breasts. She was having to go to hospital or surgeon on an almost daily basis to get it looked at and drained creating the need to be away from her daughter. Alexis was nursing Thalia on her unaffected side and pumping on the other and thought that under the circumstances, thing were going well. At her daughters 4 week check up, however, it was determined that she had lost a significant amount of weight causing great concern. Alexis wasn't producing enough milk on her unaffected side but thankfully was able to work through her issues and has a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with her daughter today.