Just picture it. Six weeks into your new role as mum to a tiny little baby, getting used to the sleepless night and total life change – and you find out you’re – pregnant again. With twins ? ?
That’s exactly what happened to Aussie mum 27-year-old Eliza Curby who’s gone on to have identical twin boys to join big sis Charlie (aren’t they cute? ? ) – meaning she now has 3 under 2 *GULP* ?
And just recently, Eliza has decided to share a post-baby body pic – which we love.
Accompanying the pic she’s written:
“Because I’m not embarrassed of the scars my body now carries.
“Because I’m proud of what my body has done for me.
“Because many women feel the need to hide it.
“Because famous women post “look at my body just three weeks postpartum” and portray unrealistic images of what it means to be a mother.
“Because I feel beautiful in my own skin – even if there’s alotttt of it!
“Because beauty takes many forms.
“Because I can.
“Because you should also be proud.
“This is me… because I love my body.”
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Eliza had thought she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant while breastfeeding – something, it turns out, that’s a bit of an ‘old wives’ tale’.
While exclusively breastfeeding mothers do tend to find that the return of their menstrual cycle is delayed longer than formula-feeding mums, it’s not a cut and dried thing.
But after going to the doctor, it started to dawn on Eliza and her partner Ben that they really were expecting.
“I knew I was pregnant because, when I woke up, it felt like I had been hit in the head with a baseball bat.
“When we found out [for sure], Ben’s face just went white.
“But for 2 or 4 weeks, we were in denial. We just thought the doctor was new and might not know.
“Then I saw the obstetrician we had with Charlie and he confirmed it. I have never been so nervous in my life!”
Eliza now runs a blog about her experiences, cleverly titled Twingenuity. And, while it seems the couple has adjusted to life with 3 very young little ones in tow, she did say that her doctor uses her as an example for new-parent couples who wonder why they might need a contraceptive plan in place so soon after the baby’s birth.
“Breastfeeding didn’t do s*** [to stop me getting pregnant]. This pregnancy happened; it is real,” Eliza jokes.
Did you know you can get pregnant when you’re breastfeeding?
It’s true: you definitely can fall pregnant in the weeks after giving birth, even if you’ve yet to have your period, or you’re breastfeeding.
In fact, our experts say that you could even be fertile 2 weeks before that first post-baby period.
So it’s definitely worth checking out our midwives’ advice on the subject if you’re currently expecting, have not long given birth, or are just feeling worried about contraceptive options after becoming a mum.