Why fear should not keep you from announcing a baby on the way

Early pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body goes through massive change, most of her baby’s development takes place, and she is at the highest statistical risk at loss. Yet our society demands she endure it all alone. ... "She was barely pregnant . . . " As I read these words, discomfort began to churn [...]

By | 2018-04-15T13:04:02+00:00 April 15th, 2018|1st Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Hope During Pregnancy After Loss: Remember What is Possible

Are you having trouble holding onto hope during this season of pregnancy after loss? Maybe you've experienced complications and are worried that you'll lose another baby. Maybe the days are passing just a little too slowly and the journey towards a full-term pregnancy seems endless. Maybe the trauma from pregnancy loss has led to the [...]

Trying to conceive after loss: Your top 10 list of what you must know

After my first loss, my thoughts constantly fell on one of two things: mourning the baby we just lost and dreaming of trying again. As much as I deeply ached to still be pregnant with the child we already conceived, the emptiness in my womb now felt unbearable. I was ready to start trying to [...]

By | 2018-03-18T20:17:25+00:00 March 18th, 2018|1st Trimester, Adoption, Emotional Health, Pregnancy, TTC|1 Comment

Heather’s Bump Day Vlog, Weeks 11-13: Big Milestones

Join me as I share the ups and downs of my pregnancy after loss through PALS' new Bump Day Vlog. In this video, I share some of our big milestones of this pregnancy, including passing the gestation of our first loss and the reason I long to know the baby's gender. https://youtu.be/zOlt3xtkYAA

Heather’s Bump Day Vlog, Weeks 8-11: Early Anxiety

Join me as I share the ups and downs of my pregnancy after loss through PALS new Bump Day Vlog. In this first video, I chronicle my appointments and early anxiety during weeks 8-11 of my pregnancy. https://youtu.be/0Jgezxj643s

By | 2018-02-22T13:49:41+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|10weeks, 11weeks, 1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Oh, How Far We’ve Come

When I think back to what I was like in the early days after my loss, I barely recognize that person. I have grown and changed so much in the seven-and-a-half-years since my second child, Zachary, died in my arms moments after birth. At dinner tonight, my daughter Hannah pulled out a question card from [...]

The “Last Chance” Pregnancy

Photo by Keenan Constance on Unsplash The place in time for when a pregnancy after loss occurs differs for each of us. For some, the loss occurred as part of the first pregnancy experience. Others might have had several children before experiencing loss. There can seem to be a lopsidedness in sharing the stories of loss [...]

Pregnancy After Loss Support’s Most-Read Articles of 2017

Photo by Juja Han on Unsplash What a year it's been at PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support)! We became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization this summer and launched the new PALS MeetUps, all while continuing all of our other support services. We look forward to reaching even more Courageous Mamas in 2018! One of the ways we support [...]

Being Pregnant after Loss for the Holidays

Being pregnant during the holiday season comes with its own ups and downs. The highlights might include feeling a little freer to indulge in sweets, sharing the news (in a creative way) with family, or having extra time to take off from the normal stresses of life (and a PAL). However, some of these things [...]

Nina’s Bump Day Blog, Week 9 – Inconclusive

That is not what I wanted to hear at my 8 week check up with my doctor. The transvaginal ultrasound measurements were not on target. The fetal pole was measuring at about 6.5 weeks, and there was no heartbeat. Because not everyone gets their dates right, there is always a possibility that all is well. [...]

By | 2017-12-05T16:38:23+00:00 December 4th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments