Name: Tina Marie Jackson
State of residence: Arizona
Child’s name and age: Braylon Jackson , age 2 and is expecting 2nd child in September-who Tina says is a “kicker.”
Current or former profession(s): Actress, Events Manager, Nerium Consultant, Stay- At- Home Mommy
ISM: How long were you trying to get pregnant?
Tina: We weren’t trying either time. We were just enjoying life and two pregnancies later! Lol! We did not do any planning other than a desire of our hearts.
ISM: How supportive were your doctors during your pregnancy?
Tina: My doctor was very supportive and made me feel more comfortable and gave me hope when I first was scared. This second time, I was shocked and I think the lady (doctor) seemed shocked as well!
ISM: What did you do to increase your chances of becoming pregnant a second time?
Tina: I never worked on increasing my chances except for prayer and taking prenatal pills after the first baby was born, while breastfeeding him.
ISM: Did you change doctors or would like to have changed doctors?
Tina: No, I kept the same one. I considered changing because my doctor was a part of a team and based on the day you deliver, my doctor might not be available. Sometimes the thought occurred to me to switch just because I heard about another lady (doctor) who was so loving and I like that connection. Other than that, my doctor wanted me to have another baby right away. I laughed!
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
ISM: What was the reaction of friends and family when you told me about your first and current pregnancy?
Tina: Everyone was elated and some shocked. I recently shared on Facebook how I was overwhelmed by all the love and support from both near and far. My husband was definitely surprised and took some time to digest having another baby. I shared the news by giving him an empty can of Prego sauce with our names, Reg and Tina, on the outside of the can. Inside of the can was the picture of my 8 weeks ultrasound!
LABOR AND DELIVERY
ISM: Did you take any childbirth classes?
Tina: We took them together and want to take them again this pregnancy. Classes are a great bonding experience for us.
ISM: Where did you give birth with your first child?
Tina: Braylon was born at Chandler Regional and will have this little one at Chandler Regional, too.
ISM: What do you remember most about the birth experience?
Tina: With my first birth experience, I remember going shopping in Target. My hubby was in car. I needed to use the restroom because of a surprised mucous plug breaking I forgot about. I thought something was wrong, but I called the doctor. Then, we (hubby and I) went on about our day with some relief. I fit in shopping at Sephora and a Pregnancy Photo Shoot!
My check-up was scheduled for the following morning. I was going to have to be induced or I needed to be dilated. I started crying and we went straight to the hospital. The rest is history except towards the end when I was challenged pushing. We prayed and the doctor advised me that “this next push had to be like an Olympic runner or we would have do alternative,” meaning a C- section
|Expectant Mom Tina with husband and son|
I said to my husband and sisters, “Cheer me on guys!” My doctor said ok and brought the forceps team in. I was finished after that big strong push!
I AM MOM
What concerns you most about being a mom over 35 and how do you address this concern?
The most that concerns me is being there later in their years to support my children. I believe it is important to take care of myself and stay in shape. I want to live long for children with a youthful and healthy body, mind, and soul. Anything is possible just depends on how you feel!
What do you enjoy most about being an older mom?
I enjoy having more quality time to give my son and living in a season where I am more mature! The quality time I have and the desire to raise another persona is awesome.
How has becoming a mom changed you?
I definitely have a new compassion for children. Because of the responsibility God has given me to raise strong children with a passion for life, I am less selfish and I give unconditional love to someone (my child/my children) that I can see grow up in His likeness. I am more settled and desire to play more,too.
What advice do you have for women considering motherhood after 35?
Be available, stay healthy, and have a heart of compassion to live life to the fullest. We are as old as we feel! Don’t act your age in all ways, only use wisdom with a youthful attitude. Be present and communicate your needs clearly.
Never give up! Life is precious. Eat well, pray, have a support group, and get involved with other like- minded moms. Never give up because life is precious as gold and silver.
Any additional comments?
I am truly blessed to have another Lil Angel on the way to bring in this world and pour out our love to for years to come. God is faithful!
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