I'm continuing to share stories about Rainbow Babies as we approach National Rainbow Baby Day on August 22. The goal continues to be to inspire the 1 in 4 (miscarriage) or 1 in 8 (infertility) to find hope. Here is Stephanie's story.
After my miscarriage in June 2015, I felt so alone and utterly hopeless, despite being surrounded by an amazingly supportive group of friends and family. Their body hadn’t just failed as mine had. My husband and I had been going through infertility and our pregnancy was such amazing news....until it wasn’t. We got pregnant one year later (almost to the day!) and our rainbow baby was born on January 13, 2017. While I loved being pregnant, it was also very stressful after having a loss. I don’t think I ever stopped worrying that something was going to go wrong. Now we are pregnant with baby number 2! Again, I find myself obsessing over numbers and statistics, requesting extra blood draws and early ultrasounds to prove this baby will be healthy. Being a mom is worth every single worry. I hope you help spread the message to other women out there that they are not alone. It’s okay to hurt and grieve. It may take you a long time to feel like yourself again. Those dark days are awful and ugly. They’re hard. You don’t have to do it alone though. You don’t have to hide your pain.
Wishing all mommas out there trying to conceive all the best!!
In honor of #NationalRainbowBabyDay on the 22nd, I'm going to be sharing a few stories of my followers who have had the heartbreak and then joy of having a rainbow baby. I didn't plan on getting into advocacy for infertility and loss, but over the last year I have learned that sharing hard things helps other people going through hard things so here we are.