Sarah & Laura
"The truth is that being pregnant took quite a big toll on my everyday life. I was very tired and napping almost every day, so I lost a lot of time. Bonding with my eldest daughter was much more difficult during my pregnancy because I was exhausted. I just couldn’t get down on the ground to play around with her like I used to.
Throughout my pregnancy, I was so affected by food. If I cooked a meal for my family, I couldn’t eat it. I don’t think I ate many hot meals at all during the entire nine months!
Truthfully, hearing about other women's birth stories did influence how I wanted to give birth.
Some of my friends have ended up having emergency C-sections and have been quite traumatised by the entire experience. On the flip side, when my wife gave birth to our eldest daughter via planned C-section, it was such a fantastic birth.
Ultimately, I decided that I wanted an elected C-section. Leading up to my decision, I expected to receive a lot of push back. I'd been told that I wouldn’t be supported by the hospital and the midwives. But thankfully that wasn’t the case at all!
Before becoming pregnant with our second daughter, I'd previously had a miscarriage, and I can't emphasise enough how much of an impact it had on me mentally. I was so worried that something bad was going to happen for almost the entire pregnancy and convinced that my body was going to fail me again.
When it came to the birth, I just couldn’t see it going well. So having an elective C-section allowed me to take back some control. Every medical professional that I saw was really supportive and reassured me that I was in control of how my baby was going to come into the world." – Laura
"The truth is, that for me, pregnancy was a really enjoyable and positive experience. I was so fortunate that my body just seemed to accept being pregnant and I didn’t slow down at all. In fact, I was travelling from Birmingham to London two weeks before I gave birth!
I found that during pregnancy, you Google every little thing. From the ingredients in my lunch to how hot my food should be. Anyone looking back at my search history from that time would probably think I was a little crazy! The whole experience really made me question everything I thought I knew." – Sarah