Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24: Viability, a Cold, and Movement

For many pregnancies, 24 weeks is a big milestone. It is known as the first marker of viability, a point after which a baby has a chance at survival outside of the womb. For loss parents, if this milestone has any meaning at all, it is watered down. 37 weeks feels no safer than 24 [...]

By |2018-11-11T21:17:55+00:00November 11th, 2018|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Managing Anxiety During the 20-Week Ultrasound

You’ve made it through the first trimester! Early miscarriage is no longer a fear. You feel more energetic. Your appetite has returned and hopefully you’re feeling better. The only thing that may not have eased is the fear and anxiety that seem to always persist. You’re still waiting for the other shoe to drop, even [...]

By |2018-11-08T14:27:14+00:00November 8th, 2018|2nd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Tips from PAL Moms: Joining a Pregnancy after Loss Support Group

Tips from PAL (pregnant after loss) Moms is a column at PALS Magazine where we ask you, the PAL mom, for feedback about your experience during pregnancy after loss. We ask a question on our Facebook Page and hope that you can help answer it while also benefiting from the answers, all in an effort [...]

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 23: Watching from the Sidelines – A Loss Dad’s Experience

This week's bump day blog is a guest post from Kasey's husband, Eric Saindon. I am a positive and energetic person. I’m the teacher that swings a toy light saber in the hallways or sings out of tune as students are walking into my class just to be silly. In moments when I act less [...]

Therapy is optional: 4 ways to support grievers without pushing therapy

Bandelier National Monument Therapy is great. Therapy can be life-giving and life-saving and a necessary coping mechanism for surviving loss. Short term, long term, sporadic… couples, individual, group… there are a ton of options for folks to find something that helps. I am pro therapy for anyone and everyone who wants it. No [...]

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 22: Feeling Good?

Now that we are past the scary anatomy scan milestone, our friends and family have been asking how we are feeling. I want to respond with “I feel good.” It is true. I do feel good. I am still so glad to be past that hurdle. I still feel less anxious than I have this [...]

By |2018-10-28T20:42:42+00:00October 28th, 2018|22weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 21: A Big Milestone

I have been 21 weeks pregnant three times now. Each of these times I have gone to the hospital for a significant event related to the pregnancy.  At 21 weeks, 0 days in my first pregnancy I had a dilation and evacuation procedure 48 hours after we found out that we had lost Lentil. I [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:22:21+00:00October 21st, 2018|21weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 20: One Year

Anniversary. Birthday. Stillbirth day. The day I delivered him. I am not sure what to call it. I am writing this post on Danny’s delivery date at 19 weeks, 4 days pregnant. Monday when this post is published I will be 20 weeks, 3 days pregnant and just a few days away from my anatomy [...]

By |2018-10-14T21:04:46+00:00October 14th, 2018|20weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Inside a Pregnant After Loss Mama’s Mind: In Between Appointments

It’s Sunday and I have an OB appointment on Thursday. The last few days I’ve been trying not to think about the upcoming appointment. Trying to find a way to distract myself from what’s coming up. Everything is fine right now. That’s all I need to focus on. In this moment, everything is okay. But, [...]

By |2018-10-10T19:20:54+00:00October 10th, 2018|1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19: Vulnerable Connection

This past week we had another good appointment and ultrasound. I am continually amazed by the incredible support of the staff at my clinic. My doctors, nurses, and ultrasound techs are all wonderful. They are so aware of the emotional toll that these two losses have had on Eric and me, and they are willing [...]

By |2018-10-07T19:05:16+00:00October 7th, 2018|19weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments