Surviving the last few weeks of pregnancy

It doesn’t matter when you lost your baby, the last few weeks of pregnancy after loss is extremely difficult. Aside from the normal gripes from the last month of pregnancy, the anxiety rises once again. In our local pregnancy after loss (PAL) support group, we’ve seen it time and again. You pass the gestational age [...]

By |2019-03-13T15:14:56-04:00March 13th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Let’s Talk Fetal Movement

In the third trimester of pregnancy doctors in the U.S. ask expecting moms to start doing kick counts. Fetal movement in the third trimester is crucial for determining the health of the baby. The link between decreased fetal movement and stillbirth is clear. Babies in utero will conserve energy when in distress, so a change [...]

By |2019-02-13T20:45:33-04:00February 13th, 2019|2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 37: The Stress Before the Rainbow

Eric and I enjoyed getting another opportunity to celebrate this baby with more of our family and friends this past weekend. As I wrote about last week, it has been nice to be able to feel all of the love and support for us along this journey. These baby showers have helped us to celebrate [...]

By |2019-02-10T17:02:20-04:00February 10th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Feeling Déjà vu with my Rainbow

We mamas expect to face a lot of troubles during a pregnancy after loss. We expect to have high anxiety and worry about the little things. We expect to take every little bit of the pregnancy in and maybe even celebrate it. We even expect to grieve a bit. I knew all this going in. [...]

By |2019-02-08T09:39:20-04:00February 8th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

To the Mama Pregnant After Loss: You Are a Warrior

Pregnancy after loss is willingly entering into a battle that you aren't guaranteed to win. You know it won't be easy, but you are ready to fight for your baby, for your family, for yourself, and for life. You know the stakes are high – that losing the battle could result in another encounter with [...]

By |2019-02-04T20:52:47-04:00February 4th, 2019|1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 36: Feeling the Love

Thirty six weeks. I can’t believe that we are finally here, with just 4 weeks until my due date. When I say that I can’t believe we are FINALLY here, I mean it just that way. I don’t mean that I can’t believe we are here. I don’t want to give the impression that in [...]

By |2019-02-03T13:17:37-04:00February 3rd, 2019|36weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 35: The Pain in Preparing

Preparation in pregnancy after loss brings with it really conflicted emotions. A few weeks ago during our birth class, we were confronting emotions related to our past experiences with the end of pregnancies as we also looked forward, preparing for the birth of our third baby. This mix of emotions was incredibly present at our [...]

By |2019-01-28T15:15:16-04:00January 27th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Pain and Joy

We attended our birth class last weekend, and it was exactly what we needed. The doula who taught the class was as much focused on preparing emotionally for labor and delivery as she was on teaching techniques for coping with pain. It was helpful for Eric and I to have to deliberately plan for what [...]

By |2019-01-20T09:26:02-04:00January 20th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|2 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: Moving Forward

Planning and preparing has continued to move forward this week. Shower planning is in full swing, and gifts have started to arrive from friends and family who can’t attend. We will be attending our birth class this weekend. I have made progress on the baby’s quilt. The nursery is painted and the furniture that we [...]

By |2019-01-13T12:59:53-04:00January 13th, 2019|33weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 32: Preparing and Reflecting

At 32 weeks, the discomforts are increasing, sleep is very interrupted, and I am feeling more tired than I have been for a while. At some moments I feel like the remaining eight weeks until my due date are not nearly enough to logistically get ready for this baby. I am aware of all the [...]

By |2019-01-06T12:13:13-04:00January 6th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments