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What Did You Expect While You Were Expecting?

Birth Mamas Share Lessons From Their Positive Pregnancies

September 19, 2012



Esmeralda, Oakland, Calif., Diagnosed in 1998; Mom of two teenagers and one toddler

There are a lot of things you learn along the way. It's amazing, the stuff you can learn. When I had my first baby, I panicked, you know? Now I know a lot more stuff, like the baby can listen from your stomach if you talk to him.

I was really scared at that time, having a baby and being HIV positive. Now I have decided to have a baby and I have HIV. It's really different.

Don't be afraid.

The baby can come out fine. If you're undetectable, if you're fine with your medicines, just talk to your doctor and say, "I want to get pregnant," and get pregnant. Have a baby, and have a great life.

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