I gave birth to my first daughter in 2006, at the age of 24. DH and I have decided that it’s getting close to time to try for #2. I am currently finishing my master’s degree, so I kind of want to get to the point where I know my thesis will be done soon, get pregnant, and reward myself with a baby. Things are far from perfect for us right now, but I realize that if I keep on waiting for perfection, we may never have another baby again.
I have an appointment later this month to have my Mirena removed. (I for me at least.) I figure that we will begin trying to conceive (TTC) in January of 2013.
I have been reading pregnancy and childbirth books for the past few months. So far I have read:
- Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Wertz (1989) [review]
- Homebirth in the Hospital by Stacey Marie Kerr (2009) [review]
- Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel (2011) [review]
- Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (2010) [review]
- The Doula Advantage by Rachel Gurevich (2003) [review
- Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan (2005) added 11/19/2012 [review]
- How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum B. Shettles and David M. Rorvik (2006) added 12/30/2012 [review]
You may look at that list and think I’m a homebirth/NCB advocate, but I’m not. I simply started with their corner of the book market and am working my way around. I’m currently reading Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan (2005), and I think it’s full of crap.
Reading and visualizing my (hopefully) upcoming pregnancy is having a positive effect on me, and I think it may even be readying my body for conception. The entire time that I’ve had the Mirena, my periods have been 1.5-3 months apart, never less than 1.5 months. However, my last two periods have been 29-30 days apart. I began to really think and read up on going through pregnancy again in September.
So, I am looking ahead, and I am hopeful. I had a really terrible experience with pregnancy and childbirth last time, and I’m hoping to change that this time around. I’ll be using this space to talk about what went wrong last time and what I hope to change this time.