[Here’s What She Can Say!] For the Love for Her Dogs, She Took the Risk Taking Care of Them While Pregnant

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Pregnancy is both a blessing and a challenge. A blessing because a new life is about to be born, and a challenge because of the many adjustments a mother has to make to ensure she has the baby safe and healthy. One of those adjustments could be letting go of a lovely dog you have counted as a member of the family.

To all expectant mothers, here’s what Sanjana Mandappa can share to you about pregnancy and having a dog while still pregnant.

“Being in animal welfare, one of the most common reasons I hear for giving up a pet is ‘I’m pregnant’. When I have tried to counsel these families, I get it thrown back in my face that since I don’t have children and haven’t experienced a pregnancy, I don’t get to have an opinion. So last year in April, my ever supportive husband and I decided to see what the fuss was about.

I had an unreasonably difficult pregnancy. For the first 6 months, I was glued to my toilet, even hospitalized because I was throwing up blood. The morning sickness really took a toll on me and I didn’t think I would make it to the end of the pregnancy. I had a few weeks of respite before issues from a car accident four years ago started cropping up. My pregnancy became a high risk one for pre term delivery and I was restricted to the confines of my home. I cannot even begin to describe all the thoughts that went through my head but what I can tell you is this; not once did I think ‘hmmm my dogs have got to go.’

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My dogs are the reason I got through my pregnancy with my sanity intact. The days I spent crying, I had the comforting weight of Diego’s head on my lap reassuring me things would be ok. The nights I spent on the bathroom floor, Leo kept me company, gently pawing me now and then to see if I was okay. I lost a very special little girl along the way, Leela, who kept me smiling with her silly antics till the end. When I could finally fall asleep, I had Cujo resting at my feet. I couldn’t afford to stay in bed feeling sorry for myself when I had these kids depending on me.

8 months later, my son Ayan was born and I can’t think of anything that could have prepared me as well for motherhood as my furry kids. I was told by family, friends and even my doctor to get rid of my dogs, that my baby came first. I was told the same things that all those people who have given up pets tell me. To all those people I can just say this.

I couldn’t ever in good conscience give away an animal that loves me and trusts me with the same innocence and purity that my baby does. I couldn’t abandon a family member to bring in another. I will not betray a life that depends on me as much as my son does. To all those people I will always say, NOT WITHOUT MY DOGS.’ “

These photos will prove to you these dogs are really a family to Sanjana and to her husband.

One big happy family, isn’t it?

Big sister was waiting for baby Ayan.

big sister, dog

Oh, I mean everyone was waiting for the baby to come out!



So, what can you say about Sanjana’s courage to keep her dogs despite her difficult pregnancy?

I must say, bravo! Her courage means life.


6 thoughts on “[Here’s What She Can Say!] For the Love for Her Dogs, She Took the Risk Taking Care of Them While Pregnant

  1. My doctor told me to tell my husband’s family that dogs and other pets are a great benefit to baby’s health. My cat & dogs saved me in the first year of my special needs daughter’s life; being a pillow, licking her to stimulate her feeding, calming her so I could grab a drink, as well as calming us all. Animals & babies go together.

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