Pregnancy After Loss Support’s Most-Read Articles of 2018

What a year it's been at PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support)! It was a year of tremendous growth. We added Meet-Up locations, continued to provide online support to Courageous PAL Mamas, exhibited at perinatal conferences, and raised over $23,000 to continue to support and advocate for the pregnancy after loss community. One of the ways [...]

When Everyday Symbols become Triggers during Pregnancy after Loss

Symbols of the holiday bring comfort and joy—familiar symbols remind us of loved ones and favorite rituals. But when these symbols are paired with the loss of a baby, they become painful.  Their meaning becomes layered with the loss—it becomes difficult or perhaps impossible to separate these favorite symbols from what is now a sad and [...]

By |2018-12-23T13:50:13+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

‘Tis the Season to be Both Sad and OK

The holiday season is portrayed as a fun time of the year with parties, celebrations, family gatherings, and gift giving. But it also can be a challenging time filled with sadness, loneliness, and reflection. This is very true, especially for families trying to conceive, pregnant, or parenting after loss (PAL). Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash [...]

By |2018-12-23T13:28:52+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

12 Ways to Honor Your Child this Holiday Season

Loss parents crave connection with their children who died, and we don’t forget about them during the holidays. We miss our children that left earth too soon even more. We asked our community how they including their children that are no longer with us in their holiday celebrations. Photo by D A V I D [...]

By |2018-12-13T16:51:25+00:00December 13th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

When To Announce A Rainbow Pregnancy

One of the things I have been thinking about lately is when to announce when we do get pregnant again. There is a part of you that wants to wait even longer because you feel like your pregnancy isn’t safe, even after the first trimester. My loss was at 32 weeks. So if I waited [...]

By |2018-10-23T21:06:18+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Pregnancy Announcement, TTC|0 Comments

Purple Hearts and Battle Scars

I met a nice woman recently while I was on vacation and we chatted about our lives. When I told her what I do for a living—working with people who are suffering from infertility and pregnancy loss—she told me declaratively that stillbirth doesn’t happen anymore. I corrected her and told her that grieving women and [...]

8 Ways to Build Positivity When You’re Not Feeling Positive

Pregnancy after loss is filled with many conflicting emotions, and it can be incredibly challenging to stay positive during such an anxiety-filled nine months. Here are some tips for building positivity during your pregnancy after loss. Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash 1. Make a daily gratitude list. Each day, either in the morning or before you [...]

By |2018-09-26T09:59:26+00:00September 26th, 2018|Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

How To Win The Grief Olympics: Dos and Don’ts of Comparing Grief

Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash You may have heard of it: The Grief Olympics. The term comes up when people try to "one-up" each other's grief by explaining why their own personal loss is far worse. Many of us have engaged in The Grief Olympics in one way or another. It's human nature to compare [...]

By |2018-09-20T17:07:34+00:00September 20th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

We’re Done Having Children and My Family Is Incomplete

As a mom who has experienced loss, I have always dreaded the question, “How many children do you have?” For so long, I struggled with finding an answer that was simple and truthful. Now, after over two years of fumbling my words, I feel somewhat okay with sharing that I have two daughters knowing that [...]

By |2018-08-30T21:38:51+00:00August 30th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments