Brave Mama in My Family #7 - Anna Pimlott

February 29, 2016

Brave Mama in My Family #7 - Anna Pimlott

This week, we welcome Anna into the #Brave Mama in My Family tribe. Anna is a big fan of Kmart (which mama isn't?!) and she shares her very stylish collection of her bargain finds on Instagram, which I absolutely love.

Today, Anna shares with us a small glimpse into her personal journey through infertility and IVF. This is a story that many brave mamas who has to go through IVF will identify with. It's a story of heartaches. It is also a story of joy. But most of all, a story of courage. A mother's courage. 

 

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1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s).

 

My name is Anna and I am a proud wife of 7 years and Mama. I am from the Gold Coast but now live in Brisbane after moving back from England in 2011. My husband is English and I lived there for 4 years but am so happy to be in Australia long-term. My son Asher is 13 months old and he is such a happy little man - his name actually means happy and blessed. I recently returned to work after 12 months of maternity leave and work 3 days administering funding for natural disaster recovery.

 

2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey?

 

For me, the most difficult part of my journey was actually trying to become a mum. My trying-to-conceive journey was full of heartache and was disappointing, upsetting, painful and tiring. I have Endometriosis which is the most likely reason my husband and I had trouble. Although it was a difficult time, I tried to remain positive and hopeful and remained full of faith. I started a blog called 'Hope through Infertility' to encourage others going through the same thing as me. I had messages from women all over the world and even though I set out to encourage them, they encouraged me too. My husband and I tried to conceive for nearly 3 years before we decided to try IVF. Asher was conceived after our first attempt and we are so grateful for the miracle that is IVF. I am so blessed to live in this era where women like me have options and help available.

 

"the most difficult part of my journey was actually trying to become a mum."

- Anna Pimlott

 

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3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?

 

One of the bravest things I have had to do was in my first few days as a Mama. I had to watch my little man struggling in a humidicrib in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and see him taken off for numerous tests including a lumbar puncture. Although we were new parents, my husband and I just knew instinctively that something was not right with our boy. Eventually the doctor saw his breathing problems and took action. I had a difficult labour and my waters broke around 34 hours before he was born which we found out caused him to have Sepsis (infection). Thankfully with treatment, he improved but it was definitely terrible to go through that with our much desired-for little boy.

 

 

"One of the bravest thing...watch my little man struggling in a humidicrib in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and see him taken off for numerous tests including a lumbar puncture"

- Anna Pimlott

 

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Another brave mama moment came when I couldn't breastfeed for the first 3 weeks because of my son's difficult natural birth and that he would cry every time we tried because of the positioning of his neck. I expressed for 3 weeks and then eventually we got there and he is still breastfeeding now at 13 months old. I am proud I persevered as they say 3 weeks is usually the longest a baby can go without breastfeeding and then learn it. 

 

"I am proud I persevered..."

- Anna Pimlott

 

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4. Is there another brave mama that inspires you? How has she inspired you?

 

Definitely - there are so many! My mum is one. She is amazing and after remarrying when I was 14, she had 8 kids to care for in 1 house! She is definitely a wonderful role model as a mum. She loves her family and tries to ensure we are all included and loved.

 

5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?

 

I would say, if you are going through infertility, try to remain positive and look at the options available to you which work for you. Surround yourself with people that love and care for you and that you can confide in. Sharing your struggle really does help - let others help carry the burden with you.

 

Also, if you want to breastfeed but find it difficult at first, persevere for as long as you feel comfortable and is safe.

 

Finally, to all you amazing Mums out there, trust your instincts! Our Mama instincts are amazing and even when I was just a new mum, my Mama instincts kicked in. Trust yourself as a Mum! 

 

"Sharing your struggle really does help - let others help carry the burden with you."

- Anna Pimlott

 

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To all mums who are going through the same journey, surround yourself with people who will uplift and support you. In Anna's words, let others help carry the burden with you. 

I hope this story encourages you. Heart in Box hopes to be the gift box shop that not only sends gifts to brighten up your day, but also be a bringer of an encouraging word. 

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Have a most awesome week ahead!

x Meng

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow Anna at:

Instagram: @Annacollective

 

 

  




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