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  • Rachelle Ann Go On New Mom Struggles: ‘He Choked While I Was Feeding Him’

    New moms are filled with so many fears and doubts — they just don't say it out loud.
    by Kitty Elicay .
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    They may not say it, but new moms are filled with so many fears and doubts. That’s because not all of them are able to transition into motherhood as smoothly as other women do.

    Celebrities are no exception. On her Instagram account, Rachelle Ann Go, who recently gave birth to her son, Lukas, shared how daunting her 3-day hospital stay was. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, her husband, Martin Spies, was only able to visit a few hours each day.

    “Two weeks ago, my husband picked Lukas and I up from the hospital. We got discharged after spending three nights there. They had to monitor Lukas and give him antibiotics,” the singer and new mom recalls.

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    Rachel admits getting no sleep at all because she was filled with so many hesitations. Her first challenge: carrying her baby out of his cot. “I contemplated for probably half an hour, tried to maneuver him out, I failed,” she shares.

    The Broadway singer ended up calling her husband and mom, and also asked for the midwife’s help. She says she was changing her son’s nappies and clothes “while sweating profusely because I was too nervous.”

    Like most new moms, Rachel admits being “tulaley” not only from the lack of sleep but also because she constantly worried about her son. Her most challenging moment was figuring out how to breastfeed Lukas and she even ended up crying because of it.

    “I started breastfeeding him (no idea what I was doing) but because his glucose level that time was really low, they had to give him formula milk,” Rachel writes. “He choked while I was feeding him and turned blue. I panicked and started crying!”

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    That’s when Rachel realized new moms shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help when they need it.

    “I realized that nurses and midwives are there to guide us, for some reason I didn’t ask for any help. I guess I was too shy to ask,” she writes.

    The next day, the new mom was determined to succeed. “I washed my face, put some lip balm on, brushed my hair and maybe a bit of brows too, and told myself, there has to be a purpose why we are still here!” She notes that things got better until she and Lukas were discharged from the hospital.

    “I had a tough time but I learned so much in the span of 3 days. I’m so grateful I went through it and figured things out myself. It just shows that even if it’s our first time, we have those motherly instincts that kick in. We are made to do this,” she writes.

    After all her struggles and realizations, Rachel also has this reminder for first-time moms like her. “If you need help, be honest with yourself! Do not be scared or embarrassed to ask for it,” she says.

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