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!
Hi Shannon. Congrats on your pregnancy, and good luck with getting your ideal birth this time. I also doing the HypnoBabies study course, and I'm on week 2. I love it, too. Just like you, I had a positive experience with my first, but I'm hoping for something different this time.
What is your favorite part of the HB study? And are there any parts your are struggling with?
Single Mom parenting my kids the best way *I* know how
FH - My former husband and the man that blessed me with both my kidlets
DS - My May 2010 Moonbeam born
BG - My baby girl expected in Dec 2013
Hi Shannon! It is great to see you here!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Welcome, Shannon! I'm sorry to hear you've had such a rough journey TTC#2 and I'm sorry for your losses. Congrats on your sticky pregnancy and on making it to the 3rd trimester!
I had a similar experience with my first birth--researched but not prepared, ended up getting induced and an epidural--not really a bad experience for me either, but not my ideal. I recently had my second baby--a spontaneous, unmedicated birth using the Hypnobabies homestudy course! I hope you can have the same!
YAY! Congrats on baby and a great pregnancy
Welcome! I was a long time lurker here, too. We sound a lot aloike, actually! I lurked all through my pg w/ DS #1 but never posted--I was a lot like you, I'd just see how it went. I ended up with an epi and vacuum w/ episiotomy and tearing, and it was horrible. I'm committed to natural this time as I will be birthing in a BC, so all of that stuff is not an option. I also had a m/c between my kids, too.
Congrats and welcome to the board!