Will the Worry End?

You made it! You delivered a healthy baby that is living and breathing in your arms after a previous loss. You never thought you would get here as the road was long (or at least felt that way). With this tangible joy that you hold, you take a breath and are grateful that finally, your [...]

Life With Noah: Trusting Your Instincts

One of the hardest things for me to do as a mother is to know when to trust my own instincts, particularly when what my instincts are telling me and what other people are telling me aren't necessarily the same thing. I'm not only raising a child for the first time, I'm raising one after [...]

By | 2018-03-12T15:54:43+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Added Anxiety in Pregnancy After Loss, Nicole’s Story

Women who have known loss share their experiences with Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) almost every day—to feel connected and to know they’re not alone. Their stories are unique yet also intertwined in grief, joy and hope—hope maybe above all else. We call them our Courageous Mamas. Their stories give us chills and tears and [...]

My Body the Rockstar

There were many years that I didn't like my body. I'm not talking the average my thighs are too big, my boobs aren't big enough, variety. Rather the "How could you do this to me?" and "How could you fail me and let me down time and time again?" Then there was the physical toll [...]

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Baby Hiccups

As I get closer to my due date and even closer to my planned C-section - my first, due to a risk of uterine rupture - my nerves and anxiety are increasing exponentially. I am so excited to meet this child but with every positive moment of hope comes its counter-thought of, “please don’t lose [...]

By | 2018-03-12T15:36:04+00:00 March 12th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

How long will this feeling of anxiety last?

It should probably come as no surprise that women in pregnancy after loss (PAL) have higher rates of anxiety and depression during their pregnancy than women who’ve never been pregnant before or women who have never had pregnancy loss. There’s been plenty of research that about 20-25% of women in PAL have anxiety, and another [...]

Pregnancy After Loss (PAL) Awareness Photo Challenge 2018

Welcome to Pregnancy After Loss (PAL) Awareness Month Photo Challenge, March 2018. What is Pregnancy After Loss Awareness Month? In the world of pregnancy after loss there is a story of hope about a precious new life, and it’s the story of the rainbow baby. It is based on the understanding that the beauty of the [...]

7 Ways To Support Moms With A Newborn After Loss

The newborn period is hard on many families. Young babies are extremely needy and give very little in return. Add in the hormones, lack of sleep, and newness of most parenting activities, and new parents are overloaded and overwhelmed. In general, we have improved on education and openness about how trying this time can be [...]

By | 2018-03-08T21:18:16+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, The First Year|0 Comments

Heather’s Bump Day Vlog, Weeks 11-13: Big Milestones

Join me as I share the ups and downs of my pregnancy after loss through PALS' new Bump Day Vlog. In this video, I share some of our big milestones of this pregnancy, including passing the gestation of our first loss and the reason I long to know the baby's gender. https://youtu.be/zOlt3xtkYAA

The Invisible Mental Workload of a Mother Pregnant After Loss

Recently articles about “the invisible workload of motherhood” have been circulating around social media. Sure enough, if you ask any mother about this mental load, they know exactly what you’re talking about. The mental lists they keep to manage their kids’ lives and their households. The tasks they juggle and complete without much recognition. This [...]