The stunning Shannon Peterson with her son Harrison (16.5 months). Shannon and her husband were able to conceive within 4 months of trying and they were thrilled. Her pregnancy was quite trying, however. She had a subchorionic hematoma up until about 22 weeks that required modified bedrest and extra monitoring. The hematoma resolved on it's own but right about that time she developed hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Shannon's HG was so severe that she was in the hospital about once a week for IV fluids to treat dehydration and couldn't eat or drink anything without getting sick. She eventually became so weak she had difficulty even lifting her arms and they made the decision to induce right at 39 weeks. The induction went well and after about a day and a half of labor she was able to deliver Harrison without complication. Harrison was perfectly healthy and ready to nurse right away, Shannon says that he isn't letting go any time soon.
Shannon has struggled with feeling like she was not in control of her experience which has emotionally brought her to a very difficult place and resurfaced similar feelings from circumstances in her past. She has long struggled with disordered eating through food restriction and purging which is a constant battle. Stress causes things to worsen and since Harrison's arrival she has become more conscious of the need to change, but not quite felt that she is there.
It was a pleasure to meet and work with these beautiful humans and we sincerely hope that Shannon is able to find her way to treatment and recovery.