The Juna Women Podcast is a weekly discussion where Juna Founder, Sarah Kuhn, talks to Moms about their health, work, parenting, and all the different ways they’re keeping it together.

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This is Episode 011, IUI, Twins, and Becoming a Second-Time Mom with Amanda Applebaum.

In this episode of the Juna Women Podcast, Sarah talks her good friend and Mom of 3, including boy/girl twins, Amanda Applebaum.

Amanda shares her story with incredible honesty around subjects a lot of people don’t want to talk about, including timed intercourse, delivering twins vaginally, feeling disconnected from her babies after delivery, intrauterine insemination, and having surgery to repair diastasis recti.

Show Notes

06:17 – Timed fertility and the stress, anxiety, and money involved in trying to conceive. They choose the IUI path, 4 cycles, and with each failed IUI attempt Amanda become more and more anxious.

(Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the placing of sperm into a woman’s uterus when she is ovulating. This procedure is used for couples with unexplained infertility, minimal male factor infertility, and women with cervical mucus problems. IUI is often done in conjunction with ovulation-stimulating drugs).

She was reading books, doing yoga, going to acupuncture and then realized the best way to control the outcome was to let go.

“The best way to control the outcome was to let go. I really didn’t have control and if I just let go what is meant to be will be.”  – Amanda

09:22 – That feeling of getting the positive pregnancy test and finding out that it was twins.

14:00 – Exercising during 3rd trimester.

17:00 – Delivering twins vaginally. Amanda gives an incredibly realistic account of what this is like. Spoiler alert: It’s not like the movies.

25:30 – Pumping and breastfeeding twins. Also not like the movies.

33:13 – Deciding to have a 3rd baby after twins and wanting to be a “second-time Mom”.

43:08Diastasis Recti  and getting back in shape after baby. Deciding to have surgery to repair her severe Diastasis Recti. 

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