Hi everyone! I'm Shannon. It feels like I have been waiting to join this board forever! I started lurking over here before DH and I started TTC number 2 back in the spring of '08. It ended up being a much longer journey than expected. We got pregnant pretty quickly, but sadly that ended in a m/c at 16 weeks. We then went on to try for another year with 2 more m/c's. It was a long and painful journey, but now I'm almost 30 weeks pregnant with a little boy!
I started to become interested in natural birth when I was pregnant with DD. I did a little research, but no preparation. I thought I would just see how things went. Well I ended up being induced due to blood pressure issues. As far as inductions go, it went really smoothly and was overall a very positive birth experience. But it was not my ideal birth. I ended up with an epi after only a few hours. I only ended up needing a little bit of Pit, but even that made my contractions long, strong and right back to back. I was not prepared to deal with that. My labor ended up being pretty short and I didn't have to push long. Like I said, it was overall a very positive experience, I just want an even better experience this time.
This time around I'm taking better care of myself. I'm eating better and exercising to try to stay healthy and avoid and induction. I'm also doing the Hypnobabies home study course. I'm only on week two but I'm loving it so far! I look forward to getting to know everyone and getting support from this board!