October is also recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In support of PAIL awareness, I have completed a post every Tuesday. I hope you have found them helpful.
I was so delighted to share my journey to a rainbow baby recently on the Sisters in Loss podcast. Erica M. McAfee hosts the Sisters in Loss Podcast, a forum dedicated to sharing women’s journey’s to motherhood who have faced some obstacles, challenges, and life just happened. I wanted to use my miscarriage story to show others that there is hope after multiple miscarriages.
People grieve in so many different ways. I have found that just having a memorial item in or around my house has been helpful to me. In spite of the heartache, when I look at some of my memorial items, I am reminded of the love that is still around me. I was gifted several items in the midst of the loss of Mackenzie and my other miscarriages. The people that provided me with these keepsakes are still very near and dear to my heart today.
A mother, who has dealt with a miscarriage or infant loss, can end up having a lot of anxiety, once they conceive again. And, that was definitely the case for me after I became pregnant after a loss. I also wasn’t ready for the challenge that comes with parenting after a loss.
I imagine if you have ever heard about national pregnancy and infant loss awareness day, you or someone you know has experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Let me first say I am truly sorry that these circumstances have occurred in your life. I personally have went through the heartache of seven pregnancy losses including my 21-week loss of my daughter Mackenzie. It can be draining emotionally and physically. And, often there are no words or actions to console the pain of loss.