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Brooke and her husband Chris had tried very hard to conceive a child, going through many different types of in vitro fertilization treatments. Their first pregnancy resulted in an extremely painful miscarriage in the third month.

"I had to mourn it but I also didn't want to waste any time, and I had this tunnel vision with regards to getting pregnant; have a baby," Brooke says. "I thought, 'God, if it happened once, it can happen again.' And I just didn't look back."

When Brooke became pregnant with Rowan, she says the pregnancy was perfect.

"I actually felt strong. I felt good. Easy," she says. "I didn't have morning sickness. I was fine. Was able to do yoga and everything was picture perfect. And it was what I always thought it would be, you know?"

Looking back, Brooke says she put too much focus on doing things perfectly.

"I made the stakes so high in my own mind and thought that everything would come into focus in my life. Every area that was void or empty would be filled. My insecurities would go away. It was the pressure that I even put on this child mentally myself—even before she was born."
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Published on May 04, 2005

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