The gorgeous Cindle Fontan-Bennett with Maddox (4) and Lindley (2). Cindle is also currently 10.5 weeks pregnant. Cindle got pregnant by surprise while she were living with her then boyfriend, now husband in New Orleans. She was just 23, and while she was scared, she was very excited to be a mother. She had a healthy pregnancy and was induced at 40 weeks so that her partner, who is active duty Air Force, could be present. She thought at the time that things went as they should but in hindsight, she was very traumatized. She chose to have an epidural to help with the Pitocin contractions, but it only worked for half of her body. She had an episiotomy and also tore, requiring a ton of stitches. Her doctor said he stopped counting at 40 stitches, and there were a whole lot more. Cindle's recovery was painful and to make matters worse, she and her husband moved across the country when Maddox was 3 months old, away from her friends and family. She didn't realize it at the time, but she slipped into significant postpartum depression and was unable to enjoy most of Maddox's first year. Lindley was her honeymoon baby. Cindle and her husband were finally able to get married between his training travel and deployments, and she had another healthy pregnancy. This time, she was able to go into labor naturally and have a completely natural vaginal birth with no tearing. She also avoided postpartum depression and was so happy to enjoy her daughter's infancy. While breastfeeding had been a struggle with Maddox, ending after a few weeks, she was able to nurse Lindley to 18 months.
Cindle had hoped to have 2-3 years between her children and knew she always wanted 3. She found out she was pregnant again when Lindley was just a year old and was happy. Everything looked okay at first until she went into for an NT scan. Her babies nuchal count number was higher than it should have been and Cindle was left with her then 3 year old son to worry about what it all meant. It was discovered that her daughter had a large cystic hygroma that spanned her whole body, from the back of her head to her bottom. Cindle knew that wasn't good, but still had hope that her baby would be okay. She went on to have further testing that all came back negative for genetic defects. It was following a standard doctor's appointment that Cindle met with her geneticist for an amniocentesis that she learned her daughter, Eliza Grace, no longer had a heartbeat. She was still in her early second trimester so a D&C was scheduled for the following week. Before that day came Cindle started hemorrhaging severely. Her husband rushed her to the ER where they had to convince the staff that what was happening was serious. A nurse finally looked under the cover and saw how much Cindle was bleeding. She gagged and suddenly the situation was an emergency. Cindle had to be knocked out and intubated and after four attempts they were finally able to stop her bleeding. It was determined that Eliza had likely died a week or two prior, but all of her pathology came back inconclusive leaving Cindle with no concrete reason for why her daughter died.
Dealing with grief but wanting another living baby, Cindle soon found herself pregnant again. At 9 weeks it was determined that she had miscarried again due to a blighted ovum. She was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which may have played a role in that loss. Everything looks to be going well with her current pregnancy, which Cindle hopes will end with a breathing, living baby, allowing it to be her last.