5 Things to Do for Yourself After a Miscarriage

After my miscarriages, my whole world turned upside down. My heart, my mind and my body had changed—and I really didn’t know what my new normal looked like. In the midst of all the pain and unknowns, I knew I needed to take care of myself and create a safe place to grieve and heal. [...]

By | 2017-09-21T08:52:28+00:00 September 21st, 2017|1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Blog, Week 29 – Why I Did It.

Believe it or not, there are some out there today that would be questioning something hundreds of thousands of pregnant women likely did today – viewed the eclipse. There are legends/myths/stories throughout many cultures that said that pregnant women should NOT be outside during an eclipse, and it would result in everything from crooked joints [...]

By | 2017-08-21T15:29:11+00:00 August 21st, 2017|2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Pregnancy after Loss as a See-Saw

As a kid, a popular playground activity was the see-saw: a simplistic device that promotes relationships and excitement. We would take turns going up and down in either a rhythmic way or erratically to promote the most thrills. I loved the metronome-like quality of it as it was almost hypnotic for me. Recently, I began [...]

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27 – What Makes Us Stronger

Look, this opinion might change in a few weeks. I get that. The closer I get to the end, the closer I get to the dreaded Week 35, the more I know my anxiety will build. But today – today I can type with ease these words to all of you: It. Gets. Easier. This [...]

By | 2017-08-07T14:49:01+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 26 – Slowing Down

My midwife said this would happen. At my last visit a few weeks ago, I told her I was in the glory days of pregnancy. My energy was peak, I was exercising again, I felt awesome. I registered for a triathlon next month. My family was eating delicious, home-cooked meals every night. She just smiled [...]

By | 2017-07-31T12:20:29+00:00 July 31st, 2017|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Surprise

Three years ago, my body did the impossible- it gave birth to a live, healthy baby. She wasn’t miscarried at 12 weeks like my first pregnancy. She wasn’t stillborn at 33 weeks like my second pregnancy. She was alive and screaming and full of life, and still is, something I will never take for granted. [...]

By | 2017-07-27T12:35:17+00:00 July 28th, 2017|2nd Trimester, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 25 – Can There Be Calm Without a Storm?

I know I should just be happy. This baby boy makes his presence known at every turn – an anterior placenta and measurements two weeks ahead mean that here at 25 weeks, I feel him – all day, every day, with kicks that I can see through my shirt. He’s a busy boy, so busy [...]

By | 2017-07-24T15:14:33+00:00 July 24th, 2017|25 weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

What’s “Normal” (anxiety) Anyway?

It is normal to be a little anxious about a first pregnancy: the sensations are new, it might bring up normal concerns about what will your parenting look like, and overall, it is a novel experience that you don’t have anything to compare it with as a reference. What is normal in a pregnancy after [...]

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24 – Lost Its Meaning (For Me)

I know that everyone’s experience with this week is different, and I can only speak for my experience. I don’t discount at all that viability week is significant for so many of our PALS mamas. When my we found out that Layla would be stillborn at 35 weeks and 3 days, all I could think [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:06:25+00:00 July 17th, 2017|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments