Janice Leister

About Janice Leister

Janice Leister is the Instagram Manager for Pregnancy After Loss Support, as well as a contributor to the Bump Day Blog. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and Golden Retriever, Dug. Janice experienced the loss of her first child, a little boy named Jack, in 2015. After 32 weeks of a perfectly healthy pregnancy, her blood pressure spiked, which caused a placental abruption. Unfortunately because it happened so quickly and without any noticeable symptoms, her son passed away; she delivered a beautiful child, stillborn, on March 18th. Struggling to deal with the loss, she reached out to local support groups and women with similar experiences via social media. Eleven months after their loss, she and her husband were ecstatic to learn that they were pregnant again. She is currently pregnant with their rainbow, “Bo,” and is due in October 2016. Her subsequent pregnancy led her to PALS, where she has actively been trying to help other women by sharing her own experiences of pregnancy following a loss. You can contact her on her personal Instagram account, or at her blog, The Reluctant Aviator.

Dear Mama…She Was Worth It

Dear Mama, It’s harder than you thought, and that’s okay. You’re allowed to struggle and question what is happening. You’re allowed to have bad days, and days you wish would just end. You’re allowed to be human. You had 9+ months of imagining what it’d be like to finally bring a baby home, and you [...]

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 36: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

Bump Day Blog | Pregnancy After Loss Support I haven’t decided whether it’s a good or bad thing that my rainbow baby is due during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In some ways it is very fitting—after all, a rainbow baby is a reminder that you’ve experienced loss. But then there’s the [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:19+00:00October 6th, 2016|36weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 35: The Truth

 I have been fortunate in my PAL journey. I get to talk to women about my experiences and I am constantly comforted by kind words from strangers. Never once has someone told me to stop talking about my loss (if they thought it, at least they didn’t say it). I have been told things, by other [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:19+00:00September 29th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Taking Her Home

Sometimes I hate that I feel the need to say whatever I can to ease the discomfort of others. Throughout my PAL journey I have dealt with the question, “Is this your first child?” more than I care to admit. We talk about this question a lot, and every woman chooses to answer this the [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:25+00:00September 22nd, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: The Most Pregnant I’ve Ever Been

I’m officially the most pregnant I have ever been. Oddly enough, I don’t feel more stressed or anxious, I’m actually feeling very impatient. I don’t think anyone thought I’d get to 33 weeks. We all thought I’d have the same complications and I’d deliver her at the same time as I did Jack, or even [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:35+00:00September 15th, 2016|33weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 32: Anxiety

Anxiety is setting in worse than I feared. So far there have been no signs of the same complications I had with Jack. You would think that this would bring me comfort, and that my mind would be at ease imagining that I might just make it to full term. But it doesn’t. Now, more [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:36+00:00September 8th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: Third Trip to the Hospital

This week I made my third trip to the hospital. I guess I took my specialist seriously when he said I had every right to go to the hospital as often as I felt necessary, I just didn’t realize it’d be four days later. Oddly enough I went in just hours after one of my [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:36+00:00September 1st, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 30: Single Digits

I finally made it. We’re in the 30’s, and it feels like this is actually happening. While the first half of the pregnancy flew by, I felt like I’d be in the 20-week window forever. Of course, with that excitement comes the nerves. We are now rapidly approaching the mark where I lost Jack. While [...]

By |2016-08-25T15:29:41+00:00August 25th, 2016|30weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 29: Nesting

This weekend I did something that surprised me—I put together a partial nursery. It surprised me because I swore early on that I wouldn’t. I thought it’d be too painful or that it’d only get my hope up. But what I’m learning is that getting excited about Bo is part of my coping mechanism. As [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:51+00:00August 18th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 28: Two Trips to the Hospital

This week was interesting. One planned trip to Labor and Delivery, and one unplanned. While I want to focus on my planned trip, first I’ll give a quick update on why I went into L&D on Monday night. On Sunday night I noticed that Bo was not moving well. I had been busy all day, [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:52+00:00August 11th, 2016|28weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|3 Comments