Like so many fellow women understand, for my partner and I, becoming pregnant was not an easy feat. My husband and I tried for two long, gruelling years before I was referred to a fertility specialist for assistance. The wearying process of IVF is taxing, not only physically, but mentally, and emotionally. To describe the process as a roller coaster ride of hope and despair is truly an understatement. We went through 6 cycles to stimulate ovulation which caused the worst mood swings and physical discomfort while retrieving the eggs proved more difficult than we had anticipated. We faced the complications of hyper-stimulation and two blood clots before a fertilised egg finally decided to stick. Finally, we were rewarded for our endurance and we are now blessed to have a precious son.
The pregnancy was going as well as could possibly be, and things were looking positive until the 20 week scan. We were beyond excited and overwhelmed with anticipation to see our little bundle of joy on the monitor… The baby that we had struggled and sacrificed so hard to have.
It wasn't even five minutes into the scan when I noticed the sonographer’s face change. I knew in my heart and deep in the pit of my stomach that something was wrong. She scurried out nervously to seek another opinion, and devastatingly when she returned her face was just as concerned. Adrenaline flooded my body with fear and concern. I could scarcely focus on the voice that was informing me that my son had Fetal Hydrops. This is an accumulation of built up fluid within the body and usually results from a genetic disorder. This condition is often fatal, or so I was told. Following an amniocentesis test, I was advised to see my obstetrician and to seriously consider terminating the pregnancy.
Long story short, I had to see a myriad of specialists, who provided me with information that was just as confusing as the previous medical expert. My son’s tests to all of the conditions that were known to cause Fetal Hydrops returned a negative result which baffled both the experts, and my husband and I. For the remainder of my pregnancy, I had to have a scan every week until at term, I was finally induced with a medical team on standby.
With much trepidation, I delivered a son on the 30thof September, 2015. Miraculously and with overwhelming relief, our precious son was born perfectly healthy, and is now a very active, mischievous and cheeky little two-year-old with a very rare red blood disorder called Stomasyctosis.
To cope with the anxiety and stress of the unknown journey that lay before me, I was forced to find a way to cope both physically and mentally. Not only for my own sake but also for my loving husband who was my rock throughout and to give my unborn child the very best environment in which to grow and mature enough to survive post birth. Exercise was paramount in assisting me to deal with the stress of my first pregnancy in a healthy way. Unfortunately, my normal activewear was so uncomfortable and did not properly fit with my ever-expanding body. Most clothing items were either too loose and I needed to be constantly tugging it back into place or else it was too tight and restricted my movement and rubbed or left indentation marks on my skin. Add to this, the fact that what was already on the market was either really expensive, or very poor quality. It was at this time that I began to think about alternative clothing designs that might prove more comfortable and better meet my need for exercising.
However, it was during my second pregnancy with my daughter, that Maze Activewear was also born. I decided to make my own pregnancy and nursing activewear that I felt comfortable wearing not only at the gym and during Pilates classes, but also when spending time at the park with my son whilst multi-tasking and feeding my daughter. I realised then that so many other mums in my stage of life as a busy mother might also be looking for good quality, comfortable and attractive activewear. He and I are a part of the very unlucky few to inherit this genetic disorder. In fact, I am told that there are only another 10 in the entire world who are diagnosed with this condition.
I wanted these garments to be incredibly comfortable and affordable, as we all know that having a baby can take a financial toll, and this in turn can be very stressful. In creating Maze Activewear, I believed it was my way of paying it forward, and helping the mummy community to make things just that little bit easier.
Maze was launched two days before my baby girl was born, in May 2017. In order to continue our quest of helping new mothers, and mother’s to be, we’ve also decided to partner up with PANDA. $2 from each item sold is donated to PANDA to help with the wonderful work they do supporting mums and mums to be with the emotional stresses of becoming a mother.