The amazing Aimee Bell and daughter Emilia (14 months). Just after Aimee and her husband were married in 2013 they got the itch to expand their family and started trying right way. After about 5 months, they got frustrated that it hadn't happened and decided to take a month off. It was during that month that they conceived.
Aimee has had panic attacks for much of her life that are triggered by nausea so she went into her pregnancy knowing that morning sickness could be a concern, and it was. The nausea started at about 8 weeks, continued to about 20 weeks and Aimee ultimately chose medication to help curb her symptoms. Aimee's water broke 10 days prior to her due date and she went into the hospital hoping for a labor and delivery as free from interventions as possible but also with an open mind to whatever needed to happen. When contractions began, she became nauseous again and opted for an epidural to help her cope with the pain and stave off panic. She continued to labor for 10 hours, pushed for one and Emilia was born without complication.
Aimee had decided during pregnancy that she wanted to exclusively pump for her daughter. She had no desire to nurse directly but did want to provide her baby with breastmilk; after researching extensively she knew this was the best fit for her. When Emilia was born she requested a breast pump but faced a lot of push back from the staff for not attempting to initiate breastfeeding directly. They said her supply would never come in and she'd never be able to do it. Against her better judgment Aimee gave it a try and says the next two weeks were horrible. They struggled with lip tie, high palette along with her lack of desire and she soon went back to her original plan to simply pump exclusively. Aimee was able to establish a great milk supply and weaned herself off pumping when Emilia was 9 months old. She was able to provide breastmilk to her daughter until after her first birthday.
Aimee dealt with some depression postpartum but feels it was situationally tied to her returning to work, disliking her job and having to spend so much time away from her daughter. She was able to eventually quit her full time join and start her own business providing fitness classes to moms and their babies through her newly started franchise. With that shift, Aimee has found her village and feels happier and healthier than ever.