My husband was watching TV, and I decided to just take the test and face the results. I took the test and without looking at the results, walked into the other room and told Mark I had taken a pregnancy test. We walked into the bathroom together and saw that it was positive. I starting crying, of course, and then, as most women do, I took about three other tests just to make sure! Mark couldn't have been happier!
P&B: How did you tell your friends and family the news?SH: We found out we were pregnant around 11 p.m. We drove to my parents' house -- they live about an hour away, and we woke them up to tell them. Then we drove to Mark's mom's house, arriving there around 2 a.m.-ish. Everyone was so excited.
P&B: Where do you get most of your pregnancy information?SH: As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I registered for the daily emails from epregnancy.com and BabyCenter.com. Both sites are very informative and are great resources whenever I have a question. My favorite pregnancy books are those by Dr. Sears -- easy to read, easy to understand and pretty straightforward. I also love the book Birthing From Within.
Most importantly, I tried not to get overwhelmed with the plethora of information out there. A lot of it can scare you. I also love my doctor and her staff, and whenever I needed anything or had a question, they were there for me.
P&B: What are the best and worst parts of pregnancy?SH: Fortunately, I've had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. My favorite part would have to be feeling our baby kicking and moving all around inside of me.
The only thing I can complain about is how difficult it's been to sleep in my last trimester. And let me tell you, it's been very hard -- backaches, stretching ligaments, headaches, etc... No one ever told me about these things!
P&B: What kind of birth are you hoping for?SH: I'm planning a natural birth with the help of HypnoBirthing. I'm not opposed to an epidural but would prefer to do it on my own, without drugs. But, if in the delivery room it becomes too much, we will take it from there.
P&B: Are you attending childbirth classes?SH: No childbirth classes besides the private sessions with our HypnoBirthing therapist. I've also been doing Pilates my entire pregnancy, which has helped keep me physically active and emotionally balanced. P&B: What do you think about how your body is changing?
SH: I never knew how much your body changes. I really didn't start to notice any drastic changes until the third month; then things started changing rapidly. I try to walk three or four times per week, as well as do Pilates twice a week, so I feel pretty good. Your body is going to do whatever it was built to do to house a healthy baby, and I've accepted that from day one. The most important thing is to make the best possible home for your baby, so I've had to make a lot of sacrifices these past few months. I was a vegetarian before I got pregnant, but about two months into my pregnancy I felt that my body wasn't getting enough protein, so I started eating turkey and a small amount of chicken. I also stopped coloring my hair and getting manicures/pedicures to avoid the chemicals, which has been very difficult.
Being pregnant is the most important job I have ever had. And by far, the most difficult job -- but in a very good way. I can't wait to meet our baby and see what we've been working so hard at these past nine and a half months. That too: No one ever tells you it's nine and a half!
P&B: Have you attended any of Mark's concerts since you became pregnant?SH: I had planned on being with Mark for the entire nine-week tour; however, after about one week of being on the road, I realized it probably wasn't the best thing for a growing baby to be on a moving, bouncing bus. I wasn't sleeping or eating properly, so we decided that it would be best for me to rest and be at home.
I wasn't able to enjoy his concerts because it was too loud for the baby, so while Mark was onstage, I would be on the bus or in the dressing room until the show was over. It was a very hard decision to make -- leaving the tour and my husband -- but I know we did the right thing.
P&B: Has it been hard to be alone since he's on tour?SH: Yes, absolutely. But we talk numerous times a day and I send him digital pictures of my belly so he can see our progress. He's extremely supportive in every way possible.
P&B: What kind of dad do you think he will be?SH: Mark is going to be a great father. He already reads to our baby and talks to our baby and we are making big plans for this upcoming year. He will be an amazing role model for our child.
P&B: What advice would you have for other moms-to-be?SH: Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy and be proud of your new body. It's an unbelievable experience.
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