In celebration of our recently launched post natal program - The 4th Trimester, we’ve caught up with some inspiring Peachy Mamas to pick their brains and have a REAL conversation. First up is @anna.lahey - mother to three beautiful children, and founder of @vida_glow.
🍑How old are your babies/children?
💁🏽♀️Edward is 4, Henry 2 and Bea 1
🍑What was the worst piece of unsolicited advice you received either while pregnant or with a baby?
💁🏽♀️To get my newborn into a routine straight away... in my experience with three newborns, they were all very different, and attempting to following a routine caused a lot of anxiety.
🍑You medically had to have c-sections with each baby. How did you mentally and emotionally prepare yourself knowing that this was your only choice?
💁🏽♀️ To be honest when I found out in my first pregnancy at 36 weeks that I'd need to have a caesarean at 38 weeks, after planning for a natural birth was devastating. I had read every book by Ina May Gaskin, I had studied Hypno-Birth, Calm Birth and prepared with a Doula. It was heartbreaking. Ted ended up in special care for over a week and spent his first few days in an incubator without me being able to hold him. It was quite traumatic. With my second pregnancy I planned for a caesarean, with skin on skin straight away and the baby with me the entire time in recovery. The type of contact that I didn't have with my first baby. The night before his scheduled caesarean I was told I would need to have a general anaesthetic. This was once again devastating.
By my third pregnancy, I made no plans and had a positive outlook. Knowing that I was in the best hands medically and that a healthy baby and a healthy mother was the most important outcome.
I'm incredibly grateful to the team of amazing doctors, midwives, neonatal nurses that supported me during my births. They weren't perfect, however they made me realise just how blessed I am to be guided under such an incredible medical system that we have here in Australia.
🍑What would "now" Anna with three children say to first time mum Anna? 💁🏽♀️You know your baby better than anyone else. Trust yourself. Read less. This too shall pass. 🍑What saves your sleep as a parent? 💁🏽♀️An extra hour in the morning... my husband takes the kids in the morning if I've had a particularly rough night. This extra slice of sleep gets me through. Sleep deprivation is by far the hardest part of parenting. So, when you feel it snowballing, ask for help! 🍑What's your guilty pleasure as a parent? 💁🏽♀️Me time. A facial. Some uninterrupted time alone.