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Having a difficult first pregnancy is mentally and physically exhausting. Trust me, I know. During that time, it was hard to understand why I experienced difficulties from Fibroid tumors, high blood pressure to severe preeclampsia, headaches, dizzy spells also swelling in my legs and feet. What made matters worse; the complications started during my second trimester and lasted beyond delivery.

Because of that, my son was born premature by c-section and rushed to the newborn intensive care unit, NICU at 32 weeks, weighing just 3 pounds 12 ounces. Can you imagine holding your newborn and he’s the length from your wrist to elbow?

Needless to say, I was completely nervous and overwhelmed.

Fast forward 9 years later, I’m grateful to have a healthy, happy 80+ pounds child. I’m extremely thankful for the March of Dimes organization, for providing resources and raising awareness for babies born too soon.

Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon, 15,340 of them right here in Michigan. One reason I chose to walk in the “March for Babies” next month with my cousin Kiawha Conley, is to help support the organizations mission for families if something does go wrong during pregnancy.

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.

This year’s walk is on April 28, 2013 at Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309. Registration Time: 9:00 AM Start Time: 10:00 AM

If you would like to make a small donation to help us raise money for the walk for babies, please click Kiawha’s March of Dimes page here.

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