What’s it like to be pregnant at 40? A woman asked me that question at the doctor’s office at the end of my third trimester. She was 40 and hoping to one day have a baby, too. I had survived the “what if I can’t get pregnant at this age” emotional rollercoaster and had almost made it to the finish line.
I knew time would fast forward as soon as I went back to work after maternity leave. Here I am, four months later, wondering where the summer went. Being present in motherhood is important to me, but I definitely have room for improvement.
I was generally uncomfortable with the idea of breastfeeding until my baby was born. I honestly didn’t know much about it, and I wasn’t sure it was right me. The negative stories I had heard far outweighed the positive ones, but I was committed to trying regardless of the outcome. I hope sharing my experience might help other new moms who may be struggling with nursing.
My maternal instinct kicked in as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to give my baby a healthy beginning to what I dreamed would be a long, happy life, and that meant taking good care of myself.