This week, I should have been 12 weeks pregnant. This week, I should be calling friends and family members who didn’t know yet, posting cute photos on Facebook of my husband and me holding adorable ultrasound photos, and telling the world about our baby.
Instead, I’m curled up on my couch thinking about what could have been, un-following everyone on Facebook who has a new baby because my heart can’t handle seeing that, and coming here to remind the world… 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
So my message today…And though I have been “getting better,” and I’ve felt much more alive and much more like myself over the past few weeks, hitting this 12-week mark has a lot been harder than I anticipated. When I would have been sharing our happy news, I’m feeling the loss all over again.
- If you have suffered a miscarriage, you are not alone. So many others share your pain and grieve alongside you. I know it hurts. But I promise there’s hope. Don’t be afraid to speak up about your experience — you don’t have to bear the burden alone. If you need someone to talk to, please, send me a message.
- If you know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, will you just let her know that you still remember her loss? Assure her that she and her baby are not forgotten, that her grief matters, no matter how long it’s been. Please don’t pretend to understand what she’s feeling if you haven’t been through it. Just let her know she’s loved.