As Heather Rae and Tarek El Moussa continue to figure out life with a newborn, Heather is opening up about the health issues her 3-week-old son, Tristan has been dealing with.
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, Tarek and Heather welcomed Tristan into the world on January 31. In a post alongside the first public photos of their baby boy, Heather and Tarek revealed the scary way in which he made his entrance into the world.
Heather Rae El Moussa Opens Up About Health Issues Newborn Son Tristan Is Dealing With
“We were at my final doctor appointment, and our Dr. rushed us to the hospital to get monitored because Tristan‘s movements had slowed down. I was 4 days past his due date,” Heather explained. “I had scar tissue built up from a biopsy I had years ago, which affected my cervix softening & water breaking. Once at the hospital, I was given 1/2 a pill of Cytotec to soften cervix, balloon went in.”
“Two hours later, I was dilated to a 4. Balloon fell out, then 3 hours later dialated to a 6, then a few minutes an 8 then 15 minutes later my water broke! It was time to push!! it all happened really fast. Tristan’s heart rate was dropping very low every time I’d push & was staying low. Which was terrifying.”
“My doctor told me that we had to get him out right away. […] Tarek was on my right, holding my hand, talking me through everything. I pushed so hard, all the blood vessels broke in my face and chest. Tarek yelled, I see his head, push push push. Our baby boy came out healthy and beautiful, I was in a state of shock. It was a surreal experience. I was emotional and drained & so in love already. It was scary but beautiful & I had the best support from Tarek, my incredible @drlisakaramardian, and all the nurses at Hoag.”
Now, Heather Rae has revealed that Tristan has been dealing with a few health issues now that he’s earthside. While talking with her Instagram followers, Heather revealed that Tristan is “jaundice,” as well as “tongue, cheek, and lip tied,” making it difficult for him to breastfeed.
“As promised, I want to talk to you guys about my breastfeeding journey because it’s definitely been a journey !! I thought…. I’ll just pop him on my boob and feed him anytime. Ya no!!! Tristan had tongue tie, cheek tie, lip tie, and jaundice, which were all caught very early on, thanks to my incredible lactation specialist and @tonguetietribe. They’re literally baby fairies.”
As Heather continued, she wrote that she is “so lucky to have found them for the knowledge and support, but it made it very hard for him to latch and suck, and it made it so that he was burning a lot of calories because it was so hard for him to eat, so his weight was dropping.”
Thankfully, after undergoing surgery, Tristan is latching much easier now. “We’re now 2 weeks past getting his tongue tie fixed, and he’s latching so well on the left side, and we’re still working on the right side using non-traditional positions which were shown to me by the baby fairies.”
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“Even with all this going on, I genuinely love breastfeeding. I love the skin-to-skin connection and think it’s such a beautiful bonding experience. It might be hard and challenging at the moment, but it is such a special experience that I get to share with our baby boy,” she concluded.
We are so glad to see things coming together for Heather and Tarek and their new baby boy Tristan.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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