When pregnant with her first child, Jen’s pregnancy was subject to many rounds of additional tests and scans throughout her pregnancy as she was being continuously monitored for IUGR. She eventually was pressured into an induction, which failed at the first attempt, sending her home after 48 hours not in labor and with a baby. Waiting it out over the next few days, Jen was leaking amniotic fluid without realizing and ended up back to a 2nd induction a few days later, this time with no fluid left. Her son was born at a low birth weight for gestational age which subjected him to numerous tests during his stay in the hospital and additional monitoring for months after delivery.
The anxiety surrounding her pregnancy and birth resulted in PPD where Jen turned to alcohol to self-medicate and cope. After about 2 years of evaluating her relationship with alcohol and failed attempts at moderation, Jen came to the realization that the only path for her was sobriety. Three days after making that promise to herself and her family, Jen found out she was pregnant with baby number 2.
Her second pregnancy was textbook from start until (almost) finish. It ended in an emergency C-section but despite the trauma she thought that might cause, she was able to fend off the PPD through proper medication, sobriety, and support.
Jen Fracker Bio
Jen is a mom to 2 children living in southern Connecticut. Her first, a son Eric, was born in 2018 and her daughter, Harlow, was born in March 2021. Jen and her husband Chris have been married about 6 years and live a happy and full life with their family and friends.
She can be found on Facebook by searching Jennifer Fracker or on Instagram at @jdfracker and encourages anyone who finds strength in her story to reach out.
- The Milk Minute Podcast
- Breastfeeding for Busy Moms FB group (ran by the two IBCLCs that host the podcast)
- Mothers Embrace prenatal/postpartum yoga community for anyone in the Connecticut area
- Recovery Happy Hour podcast (Has ended but has a library full of great episodes)
- This Naked Mind – Annie Grace (book, podcast, program, accountability group)
- Quit Like a Woman – Holly Whitaker
- We are the Luckiest by Laura McKeown
- Push off from Here – also by Laura McKeown
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