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.

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27: Fear Setting In

Fear has always been there. To say it's just now setting in might imply that I wasn't scared for the first 26 weeks, which I was. But this week, my fears were taken to a whole other level. I dreamt a few nights ago that Bo passed away. It was an incredibly vivid dream, full [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:59+00:00August 4th, 2016|28weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 26: My Mom Car

The big thing to happen this week was trading my Jeep Wrangler in for a Subaru Forester. I now have a mom car. Not to say that you can't have a baby in a Wrangler, but mine is a two-door making it that much more impractical. I had decided with Jack that I'd wait and [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:07:59+00:00July 28th, 2016|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 25: Braxton Hicks

Here come the warning signs. Fortunately, they’re not the bad warning signs (high blood pressure, protein in the urine, etc.). They’re the normal ones we all have—Braxton Hicks. I started to notice them this past week, and sometimes they've gotten down-right uncomfortable. But it’s just my body letting me know that it’s trying to prepare for [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:00+00:00July 21st, 2016|25 weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24: Seeing Bo

Today I got to see Bo. It’s so incredible seeing her in these later scans; because Jack was “healthy” I never saw him after the anatomy scan until he was born. Now I get to see a baby really moving in there, exploring her limbs, making faces. She was a good girl, and she cooperated [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:08+00:00July 14th, 2016|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 23: Bo’s a Girl!

              This week has been so exciting. I’ve been down in Disney World for the past three days, enjoying a little Babymoon with Bo. I’ve been feeling well and despite the heat and humidity, have been having a great time.               Although this has been an amazing trip, I’ve caught myself in a few moments [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:09+00:00July 7th, 2016|23weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 22: Visit to the Hospital

              I began this week sitting in a sadly familiar place—Labor and Delivery at my local hospital. The day had started like any other, but early in the afternoon I started to experience some severe cramping. Instantly I had to ask myself, “How far do I let this go before I seek medical attention?”               [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:14+00:00June 30th, 2016|22weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 21: Taking Her Home

Sometimes I feel like I live at my OB’s office. I don’t mind, it only means that I’m being seen often and that I’m getting tested for any and every thing that could cause harm to Bo. But it’s also hard for me sometimes. This week I had to do my first 24-hour urine collection [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:15+00:00June 23rd, 2016|21weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 20: Loving Everything about this Baby

I had moments after Jack died where I foolishly thought another pregnancy was just my second chance at having him—somehow magically I would give birth to an identical baby and it’d actually be the child I lost. It comforted me at first, but as we waited to try for our rainbow, I realized I couldn’t [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:22+00:00June 16th, 2016|20weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, 19 Weeks: We’ll Watch You Like A Hawk

The words that should bring comfort to your ears. While I know that what happened with Jack was something that most likely could not have been prevented, I still feel like my old OB missed something. The appointments were too fast, the scans were too short, the waiting room was too crowded. I felt more [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:29+00:00June 9th, 2016|19weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|3 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Welcome to the Club

It feels like you’re in a club that no one wants to be a part of. The type of club that bonds you to other women in ways that no outsider will ever understand, yet you’d give anything to be blissfully oblivious to what goes on inside its walls. This club is pregnancy after loss [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:31+00:00June 6th, 2016|19weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|6 Comments