Nikki’s story- bringing Gabrielle into the world.
Nikki is many things but for the context of this podcast infertility and IVF warrior, mother and Pilates instructor and founder of @bellemethod.
I started following Nikki for my love of Pilates and her very informative and practical Instagram content. I love her videos and although I’m yet to get to one of her classes, I have used her videos regularly to help with my core and pelvic floor.
I continue to follow Nikki for her openness and I’m drawn to her as a person. It’s so refreshing to hear someone speak so honestly about their journey in such a beautiful way. It was a real pleasure talking to Nikki and I’m honoured to share her story. She has faced a lot of challenges with such grace and yet helping women is at the forefront of everything she does.
Swipe right for a video of just after she gave birth a real testament to her openness. I feel honoured to share such a beautiful moment and I couldn't stop crying as I watched!
This is what Nikki had to say-
“ They told me I was high risk. This was a geriatric pregnancy. I was 36. We did IVF. I have a heart condition. We had miscarriage earlier. The midwives would not take me.
I was told I would need an epidural because of my SVT heart condition. The medical messages I got were that my body was somehow faulty.
BUT, instead of accepting that, it fuelled the fire in my belly. I refused to believe that my body was broken. My body is NOT a lemon, I said to myself. I’ll show you.
Tell a woman she can’t do something enough times, and she’ll either start to believe it OR rebel. My birth was my ultimate act of rebellion.
My birth healed my heart and my soul, literally.
I was at a higher risk level 3. hospital. And I’ll always remember when my OB said to me during the final pushing stages of labor, well this could have been a home birth. "
Thanks again Nikki!
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