‘LPBW’: Audrey Roloff Keeps Dealing With the Same Infection Post-Pregnancy

We can’t wait for the new season of Little People, Big World to air in March 2020. For the last several months, fans have relied on Instagram to see what’s going on with Amy and Matt Roloff. And we also love seeing what Zach and Tori Roloff, as well as Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, are up to as well.

There are two new babies in the Roloff family who’ve been introduced to Instagram. And Audrey Roloff is sharing her post-birth journey regarding her and Jeremy’s new son, Bode. While Audrey loves kids and is excited to have a little boy, she’s getting super real with her followers about her health difficulties post-birth. And it seems she’s continually fighting off the same type of infection she dealt with after her first pregnancy with her daughter.

Audrey Roloff got real about recovering from her second pregnancy

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Just keepin it real over here while this past week has been full of newborn snuggles and heart melting moments… it’s also been really hard. With Ember and Bode I had really great pregnancies and labor/delivery experiences (will share Bode’s birth story on the podcast @behindthescenespodcast soon) but once that 4th trimester hits my body just gets hit hard with all the things… Thankfully this time I could draw from past experience and fought off getting mastitis 5 days postpartum like last time Still… my milk comes in fast and furious, both my babies chomped my nipples to shreds on day one, and my milk is the brevé kind so engorgement is at least 5x my normal bra size… Thankfully, Mr. 9 pounder Bode boy is a much more efficient eater than Ember girl was (he was already back at his birth weight by 5 days old!) Along with the booby pains… there’s the stitches and other pains “down there”, the body aches/light headedness (I hemmoraged pretty bad this time) the pelvic bones that feel broken, the postpartum contractions (so much worse with second baby) sore muscles from labor, etc. I share all this because I don’t think enough people share about their postpartum journey. We are so excited to share birth stories and document our whole pregnancies but then postpartum hits and nothing… I wish someone would have better prepared me the first time around or been more honest about all the after-birth pains. So here I am showing up with my 1 week postpartum belly exposed and telling you my body hurts. But despite the physical pains, I know these weeks of forced slow-down are exactly what my body and heart needs. REST. So if you’re in this season of life too, give yourself permission to rest and heal. I’m letting go of the pressure to rush back into working out, my social life, household chores, my pre-pregnancy clothes, or any kind of commitment that conflicts with recovery and rest. Something that’s very hard for us enneagram 8’s to adhere too I have to remind myself every day that rest is one of the most productive things I can do right now So I’ll be here with a baby on my chest, in milk stained pj’s, embracing JOMO (the joy of missing out)✌

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Pregnancy is tough — and the post-birth journey might be even tougher. While many women share their trials they go through while carrying a child, few talk about the real struggles that they go through while their body heals from giving birth to a baby. And Audrey isn’t shying away from the harsh realities other moms can relate to.

On Jan. 15, Audrey posted a photo of her with her newborn son while showing off her bare, stretched belly. She explained that her “milk comes in fast and furious, both my babies chomped my nipples to shreds on day one, and my milk is the brevé kind so engorgement is at least 5x my normal bra size.”

She also added that she’s experiencing “the stitches and other pains ‘down there,’ the body aches/light headedness (I hemmoraged pretty bad this time) the pelvic bones that feel broken, the postpartum contractions (so much worse with second baby) sore muscles from labor, etc.” This is resulting in a lot of resting and healing.

She’s struggled to breastfeed since having her first child

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Feeling extra grateful for the simplests moments like this one. I cannot imagine the grief of losing my husband AND a child Just the thought of it is unbearable. I’ve been thinking since I heard the news yesterday about the helicopter crash, how social media has enabled us to share in the grief and mourning of those we don’t personally know… ⁣⁣ As much as this platform has its pitfalls, one thing I love most about it is it’s ability to move our hearts towards compassion. It gives us an opportunity to “mourn with those who mourn,” to pray for those we don’t personally know, to honor legacy, and take inventory of how we are living our own fragile lives. I don’t know about you but it seems like the heartache I’ve seen in my social media feed these past couple months has increased – tragic accidents, miscarriages, terminal illness, children taken too soon, devastating fires, and more. ⁣⁣ ⁣ I’ve struggled to find the right response, and in my questioning and praying and heart aching, I’ve paused long enough to to listen to God. And in the words of Lysa Terkeurst, “… there is always a message there. And usually it’s only in the shock of loss that we all stop long enough to hear it. It’s only when we are forced to face the excruciating reality of how very fragile, short, and precious life is, that we realize what we now must do to live in light of eternity. Love more. Forgive more. Hold on to God’s truth more.” ….Always more. Yes and amen⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I found comfort in these words…⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “We know if no sparrow falls beyond the ken of your compassion, that you also, in this moment, inhabit our sadness at this wounding, your respond at the worlds brokenness somehow deeper than our own. Be near to us, O God. Be near each of us who must reckon with the sorrow of death and the sting of separation, for what we feel in this loss is nothing less than the groan of all creation. Our finite minds cannot trace the deeper mysteries of your eternal mendings, but this we know with certainty: You are merciful and loving, gentle and compassionate, caring tenderly for all that you have made.” – Every Moment Holy

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While Audrey seems to be dealing with some new pains after her second baby, there’s one reoccurring issue she’s facing — mastitis. This condition causes breast tissue to become inflamed, often resulting in infection. And Audrey has talked at length at her difficulties dealing with it and attempting to keep it at bay.

Back in 2018, Audrey detailed how it felt when she first dealt with mastitis, In Touch Weekly reports. “Since delivering Ember, I struggled with mastitis on and off. I was severely engorged,” the new mom wrote on Instagram. “On top of that, Ember had a really severe tongue tie that we had to get surgically fixed about two or three weeks after she was born. Before that, I was having a lot of blistering and bruising.”

Thankfully, her condition got better after a few months of breastfeeding. “I was only able to pump MAYBE one ounce the first two months after having Ember,” she wrote to her Instagram Story in 2018. “I fed 15 hours of my day and it hurt and was so hard. But here we are at five months pumping eight ounces like it’s nothin.”

Her followers have mixed feelings about her post-birth journeys

Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Roloff celebrate their new book 'A Love Letter Life'
Jeremy Roloff and Audrey Roloff celebrate their book ‘A Love Letter Life’ | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

In Touch Weekly reports on Audrey’s Behind the Scenes podcast, she noted she’s “a professional at fighting this beast now” when it comes to mastitis. And many thanked her for sharing her struggles via the comment section on her Instagram photo of her with Bode. But her followers haven’t always been grateful for her honesty. In the past, many critiqued Audrey for sharing how her health difficulties robbed her of her time with her daughter, Ember.

“Audrey has an idealized view of motherhood and anything that deviates from that is unique to her and is ‘robbing’ her. No. This IS motherhood,” one follower tweeted.

“Audrey, you weren’t ‘robbed’ of anything. This is what parenting is,” another tweeted. “Life has a way of humbling you. I hope you are learning and growing from this. You are not a victim, you are simply a mother. More fortunate than most in fact.”

We hope Audrey can get over the most difficult post-pregnancy humps quickly, though we don’t expect to see much of her on LPBW this coming season.

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