National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day {from the archives}

Did you know that 15-20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage? That means that if you are in a group of five women, the chances of at least one of you having experienced pregnancy loss is very great. This isn’t very common knowledge because a lot of people simply don’t talk about having a miscarriage. For some reason or another, it’s been considered a taboo topic so many women who have experienced a loss feel alone and isolated. If you have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Today, October 15th, is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

My husband and I experienced three miscarriages over a two-year period while trying to start our family. We were ecstatic, as most couples are, when we got a positive pregnancy test just eight short months after we got married. We were bursting with joy and could not wait to share the good news with our family. However, just three weeks before my younger sister’s wedding, when I was seven and a half weeks along, we were devastated to find out that our baby did not have a heartbeat. We found slight comfort in learning that miscarriage was a lot more common than we realized. We knew of a few people who had experienced pregnancy loss before and leaned on them for support. My OB suggested we wait a couple of months before trying again because I needed to have a D&C, and also for our emotional well-being.

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  1. Elizabeth, I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for sharing your story. I recently experienced a miscarriage during my first pregnancy and we were devastated. Many people around us did not know what we were going through and I think it made things worse to have to hide our loss. I had been going back and forth about whether or not I wanted to post on facebook about this and when I saw your post, I finally decided to go through with it. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Family and friends came out of the woodwork – some of whom I haven’t talked to in years – to either share their condolences, thoughts, or prayers, but also to share that they too have endured similar pain. It was so helpful to hear from women who have happy healthy children that they were able to move past the miscarriage and go on to have healthy pregnancies. It has helped me tremendously and I have a strong feeling that it will bring comfort to someone else in the future. Thanks for your honesty and bravery!


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