Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: A Pre-Conception Mantra

31 Weeks I am making my body a happy and healthy place for this next baby. I started saying this mantra to myself long before our baby was even conceived. It guided me when I wasn’t sure we would be lucky enough to be here: 31 weeks pregnant with baby number three after [...]

By | 2018-02-19T21:04:59+00:00 February 19th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 29: ‘Me Next, Please:’ What I Lost and Try to Reclaim in a Pregnancy after Loss

When I was pregnant with my first in 2014, I took my then 11-year-old niece shopping. In a store at the mall, I saw a mom who was likely younger than me. I was 31 years old at the time. I saw her for just a moment but it was long enough to peek at [...]

By | 2018-02-06T08:43:30+00:00 February 5th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Call the midwife (week 39)

Week 39. I've been relatively calm leading up to the final stage of this pregnancy. I feel pretty good about the way I've handled my anxieties and fears. Our birth plan simply involves an ending with me and baby girl alive and healthy. How we get there really doesn't matter much to us because we [...]

By | 2018-02-04T16:45:07+00:00 February 4th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 28: The ‘Home Stretch’ Trimester

Entering the third trimester feels surreal when so much of my identity when I’m pregnant is tied to a second trimester loss. With my first rainbow I thought that once I got past my previous point of loss, 24 weeks, I would feel better. But instead I felt a little bit out of control. I [...]

By | 2018-01-29T20:57:39+00:00 January 29th, 2018|28weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27: The Difference That Great Care Makes

The OB practice that I went to for my first pregnancy was not a good match for me, but I wouldn’t really know this until my son was stillborn and I later had top-notch care during my subsequent high-risk pregnancies. In my first pregnancy I felt unheard but choiceless. I now know that I could [...]

By | 2018-01-22T20:37:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

Lessons, Not Resolutions

I think it's nice to start out a new year with some resolutions. I don't know that I've ever really set any official ones, and I definitely won't be this year, but I do like the idea of January 1st being a time to reflect back and to set some intentions for the year ahead. [...]

By | 2017-12-31T21:10:45+00:00 December 31st, 2017|3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

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 [...]

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 38 – When I Can’t Sleep, It’s Time.

It’s 3:30am. My eyes flicker open, for the 3rd time this week. I sneak a peek at the clock. Dammit, 3:30 again. What is it with this time? I lay quietly, hands on my belly, immediately waiting for the gentle nudges of a sleeping baby also turning inside me. The bit of reassurance I’ll need [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:33:40+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|3rd Trimester, Birth, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|1 Comment