Podcast Episode #191

First time mum, GDM, Induction Birth Story [Spilling the Milk with Carissa]

Dive into Carissa’s incredible birth story in this latest podcast episode. Carissa bravely shares her story, tackling fertility struggles, early losses, and seeking professional help.

This podcast episode explores her battles with pregnancy sickness, dealing with gestational diabetes, choosing to induce labour, navigating milk over supply, and the unexpected hurdles of postpartum anxiety.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Carissa’s motherhood journey kicked off with her fighting through fertility issues and early pregnancy heartaches. With determination, she sought help from a fertility expert. Listen as she talks about the tough times dealing with sickness during pregnancy, facing bouts of severe nausea and vomiting. It’s a part of her journey that shows the strength needed to get through the ups and downs of trying to become a parent.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

The twists in Carissa’s pregnancy continued when she got the news about having gestational diabetes. Finding out she had this type of diabetes brought its own set of challenges, and Carissa shares openly about how it affected her pregnancy. The podcast digs into the choices and emotions connected to gestational diabetes, highlighting that every mother’s experience with it is different.

Induction of birth

Carissa’s birth story takes a turn when she decided to start labour through a process called induction. We explore why she made this choice, shedding light on the things she had to think about and how she felt. Carissa’s honest talk about getting induced gives valuable info for other mums who might face similar decisions.

Oversupply of milk, and donation of milk

The podcast shifts into the postpartum phase, with Carissa chatting about her breastfeeding journey. One unique thing in her story is having a lot of breast milk. This led her to decide to give away extra milk to help other babies. We chat about the process of milk donation, having more milk than expected, and Carissa’s choice to help other babies by giving her milk.

Postpartum Anxiety

Four months after giving birth, Carissa dealt with some unexpected feelings that led to a diagnosis of feeling worried and dealing with postpartum anxiety. The podcast talks about this part of her story, focusing on how important it is to reach out for help and how using medication helped Carissa feel better. Her story shows the importance of seeking professional help and taking care of yourself after having a baby.

Carissa’s birth story is proof that every mother’s journey is different and filled with challenges. This podcast episode encourages other mums to share their own stories, creating a supportive community where women can connect and understand each other.

Carissa’s gratefulness for her baby and thoughts on how becoming a mum changes everything run through the episode, making it an inspiring listen for mums finding their own way into parenthood.

** 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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