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I’ll never forget the day that I heard my husband’s voice calling from the bedroom, “positive or negative?” I honestly didn’t know what to say. I walked out, holding the pregnancy test, feeling like I was going to throw up. There was my husband, holding our not-even-seven-month-old daughter, and there I was, holding the proof that we were about to start the process all over again. Ready or not. I wasn’t ready – at least, I didn’t think I was! All I could think about was the fact I wouldn’t be able to continue to nurse my daughter. I was pretty sure I had heard that was dangerous during pregnancy. I was so disappointed – I had hoped to nurse her until she didn’t want to nurse anymore. And I was scared – My daughter was refusing everything but breastmilk. How was I going to feed her?
I did what any responsible mother would have done at that point: I hopped on the computer and googled it. I was shocked and relieved to find that breastfeeding during pregnancy wasn’t a problem at all for most moms! I had a total peace about it, and decided that I would do everything in my power to continue to provide what my baby needed – excuse me, what my BABIES needed!
The first thing I did was schedule an appointment with my OB. It was sort of funny walking into her office again so soon after having my first child. It seemed like just a few months since my six week check up! Well… Actually… It WAS just a few months since then! She made sure that the pregnancy was going well, that the baby was growing like she hoped, and that I was up for the challenge of maintaining a pregnancy and producing enough milk for my daughter. It was going to mean being really intentional about taking care of my body.
I stepped up my calories by adding plenty of veggies, fruits and whole grains to my diet. My favorite way to get those whole grains was in the Wholefood’s Seeduction bread – that stuff is to die for! I drank more water than I can even describe, and I made it my priority to rest. I continued my workout schedule, which was a personal decision, and I just made sure that I didn’t overdo it. I watched for signs of any problems in my pregnancy – I was very aware of any spotting, contractions or anything that just didn’t feel right. Thankfully, even with placenta previa, there were absolutely no complications!
My daughter slowly began to eat foods like bananas, oatmeal and spinach, and I was able to nurse her a little less often as my pregnancy progressed. By the time I delivered my perfectly healthy son, she was eating plenty of solid foods, but still nursing – and willing to adjust to tandem nursing.
I am so thankful I decided to nurse through my pregnancy. Adjusting to two babies is, quite frankly, a guilty experience. I felt like my daughter was losing half of my attention, and it really broke my heart. Being able to still nurse her was such a comfort to me and to her, and we both transitioned into a family of four much more easily because of it!
Annie is a wife and mom, living in South Alabama. She and her husband have two children, Sarah Claire (2) and Luke (8 months), and she loves getting to stay home with them. Annie writes from home for a wellness company (sadeclarity.com) and tries to find time for her personal blog as well (persingerfamily3.blogspot.com