The amazing Amanda Covarrubias with her son, Rafael III (13 months). Amanda is also mom to Olivia (3.5). Amanda's first pregnancy was healthy. Olivia's sex was a fun surprise and she arrived after 13 hours of uncomplicated labor. She swallowed some fluid on the way out and had to be taken to nursery for suction which was very upsetting for Amanda. Thankfully, she was able to nurse until her daughter was about 15 months old. A few months later, Amanda had a missed miscarriage and had to be monitored and have blood work done for about 6 weeks before her body allowed it to pass. She conceived Raphael a short time later and had another healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. He had a cyst on the gland that produces spinal fluid in utero but his growth and development were not affected and it resolved on it's own. Amanda's labor progressed much more quickly and Raphael's birth was wonderful. He's still nursing strong and Amanda says she doesn't see things slowing down any time soon. Amanda says that while she is undoubtedly "skinny" her body has still changed drastically through pregnancy and breastfeeding and she couldn't be more proud of it.
The lovely Kassi Van Lanen with her twin boys Rory and Riley (15 months). Kassi and her husband struggled with infertility for two years before conceiving their twins. They tried two rounds of IUI and then their first round of IVF took. Kassi's pregnancy was very healthy as twin pregnancies go. However, she had a cyst on her uterus that grew as her boys grew and unfortunately, they ran out of room pre-term. Her water broke at 32 weeks 6 days; she was in the hospital until the next day before labor started and once it did she was taken in for a cesarean. The spinal didn't take fully, so Kassi had to be put under and didn't wake up until her boys were several hours old. Riley was not breathing when he was born, and both he and Rory had been taken to the NICU. Thankfully, he was able to recover and both boys just needed time to learn to breathe, eat and grow. They were both able to come home from the NICU within 5 weeks of birth.