Podcast Episode #221

Birth Story with Nelly Zumbo

Nelly Zumbo, a 33 year old married to Australian pâtissier Adriano Zumbo, has a beautiful boy named Maximus.

In this podcast episode today Nelly shares her fertility struggles, her journey with IVF, mental health challenges, having a premature baby, and the joys of being a mother to baby Maximus.

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In this article you'll find tips to:

  • Manage the emotional challenges of fertility issues and IVF.
  • Seek support and communicate with family and friends during difficult times.
  • Navigate the complexities of mental health while trying to conceive.
  • Cope with the stress and anxiety of a high-risk pregnancy.
  • Prepare for potential complications during pregnancy and birth.
  • Build a supportive network of friends and family during labour and delivery.
  • Maintain hope and positivity throughout the journey to motherhood.
  • Practise self-kindness and self-care during the fertility and pregnancy journey.

Nelly Zumbo’s Fertility Journey

Nelly Zumbo, married to Adriano Zumbo, always dreamed of becoming a mother. However, her path to motherhood was not straightforward. For three long years, Nelly faced fertility challenges that made her dream seem almost unattainable. This struggle to conceive was marked by numerous attempts with various methods, including acupuncture, herbal treatments, and consultations with naturopaths, all to no avail. Nelly reports the emotional toll as she watched friends celebrate their own pregnancies while her desire to become a mother remained unfulfilled.

Nelly Zumbo’s IVF Journey

After three years of trying naturally to conceive, Nelly and Adriano decided to pursue IVF. Their first attempt ended in failure, adding to their emotional toll. However, their second round of IVF was successful, and Nelly finally became pregnant. Nelly reports her journey through IVF was a challenge, both mentally and physically, with the hormones and the stress of the process taking a significant toll. Nelly describes the IVF journey as a huge struggle, but ultimately, it brought the joy they had been yearning for when they discovered they were expecting their son, Maximus.

Nelly Zumbo’s Birth Story

Nelly’s pregnancy was challenging from the beginning. She suffered from severe morning sickness throughout and at 25 weeks, experienced a haemorrhage that led to her hospitalisation. Nelly had to go on bed rest to ensure Maximus’s safety and at 32 weeks, her waters broke, leading to another hospital stay. Despite these complications, Nelly went into labour 10 days later. Her labour lasted 24 hours and as she was surrounded by a supportive group of women, including her mother, sister, and friends, Nelly delivered Maximus. The immediate postnatal period required Maximus to stay in the NICU due to his premature birth and low weight.

Nelly Zumbo’s Motherhood Journey

Despite the challenges of her pregnancy and birth, Nelly Zumbo now revels in motherhood. Maximus is a bundle of health and joy, bringing immense happiness to Nelly and Adriano. Nelly describes motherhood as everything she hoped for and more, even though it comes with its own set of challenges. The love she has for her son makes every difficult moment worthwhile. Reflecting on her journey, Nelly advises other women trying to conceive to remain hopeful and kind to themselves. She emphasises the importance of support and gratitude throughout the journey. Nelly’s story is a testament to resilience and the profound joy that comes from achieving a long-cherished dream of motherhood.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition. 


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Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

How long should couples try to conceive before considering IVF?

Always check in with your healthcare professional if you have concerns. Generally couples are often advised to try conceiving naturally for at least one year before consulting a fertility specialist. However, if there are known fertility issues or the woman is over 35, seeking help after six months is recommended.

What challenges can couples face during the IVF journey?

The IVF journey can present various challenges, including emotional stress, physical side effects from hormone treatments, and the disappointment of unsuccessful attempts. It's important to have a strong support system and seek professional guidance when needed.

How can couples manage the emotional stress of fertility issues?

Managing emotional stress can involve seeking support from family and friends, health professionals, joining support groups, and considering counselling. It's important to communicate openly about your feelings and take time for self-care.

What steps can be taken to prepare for potential complications during pregnancy and birth?

Preparing for potential complications includes having a supportive network, discussing your birth plan and risks with your healthcare provider, and knowing the signs of common pregnancy issues. Keeping emergency contact information and being informed about your hospital's facilities can also help.

How can building a support network help during labour and delivery?

A strong support network, including family, friends, healthcare team and a birthing coach or doula, can provide emotional encouragement and practical assistance during labour and delivery. This support can significantly impact your overall birthing experience.

What are some tips for maintaining hope and positivity during the journey to parenthood?

Staying hopeful and positive can be achieved by setting realistic expectations, celebrating small milestones, and finding joy in the present moments. Connecting with others who have faced similar challenges can also offer encouragement and perspective, along with discussing any concerns with your healthcare provider.

How can individuals practise self-kindness and self-care during fertility and pregnancy challenges?

Practising self-kindness involves acknowledging your efforts, being patient with yourself, and avoiding self-blame. Self-care can include regular exercise, a healthy diet, mindfulness practices, and seeking professional mental health support when needed.