Birth: there's nothing quite like it, and it's clear no two birth stories are the same. Which is why we're asking everyday women and some of our favourite celebrity mums to share theirs, in Mamamia's My Birth Story series.
This week we profile nutritionist Shelley McKenzie, who is 26 weeks pregnant and mum to one-year-old Van.
This post deals with miscarriage and might be triggering for some readers.
Shelley and husband Danny were reeling after a miscarriage at 13 weeks when she fell pregnant with Van.
“I found the miscarriage traumatic... but becoming pregnant six weeks after the loss helped us to heal and find hope again,” Shelley says.
“Although I was overjoyed to be pregnant, I kept it hidden from friends and family because I was so worried about miscarriage."
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“I waited until I was 24 weeks before posting a pregnancy photo online, knowing that my baby could survive earth-side by then.”
After an initial visit with her GP, Shelley realised she wanted to find a happy balance for her birth between western medicine and holistic practices.