The dashing Christine DiPiazza with her daughters Amelia (3) and Madeline (6 mo). Christine has a blood clotting disorder (Factor V Leiden) and had to be very diligent throughout her pregnancy to prevent blood clots. She found out she was expecting with each of them very early on and confirmed her pregnancies via ultrasound at around 4 weeks. Christine had to inject herself with medication in her stomach twice a day and was very sick during the first 20 weeks with each of her girls. She had a grace period of about 8 weeks where she felt okay but then at around 28 weeks developed gestational diabetes. She had hoped to have a natural delivery with Amelia but ended up being induced and after a relaxing day in the hospital with family and friends her contractions ramped up very fast and furiously and she opted for an epidural. Amelia was born vaginally without complication and though Christine had hoped to attempt breastfeeding she was never able to get her to latch and had a lot of anxiety around pumping so she transitioned to formula. Madeline's birth was a planned induction at 39 weeks but she went into labor 2 weeks prior and she came very quickly. Christine had an epidural placed but was ready to push before they were able to deliver any medication so she had the natural birth she had wanted, just not when she wanted it. She breastfed Madeline for about 4 weeks before she transitioned to formula again due to anxiety and baby blues. Christine has felt uncomfortable in her body since her first pregnancy and while she doesn't currently like the skin she's in she wants to show her daughters that this is what happens when you have a baby and ultimately you have the very best thing to show for the changes you go through.
Factor V Leiden