Excited to share an article first published on Mother.ly. Even years after my loss, there are ways I continue to process and work through the grief. I am grateful to have a platform to write and share my thoughts and perspective, but most of all, I am grateful to hear my writing helps others on their path of healing.
What to Expect When You’re Pregnant with a Rainbow Baby
I would describe myself as a ‘cup is half full, happy in the morning before coffee’ kind of gal. But after a second-trimester miscarriage, I was anything but those things. After losing my son, my world-view and disposition changed for a while.And when I became pregnant after my loss, with my rainbow baby, I had a mix of emotions.
Pregnancy after a miscarriage, infant loss or a stillborn baby is anything but easy. Many people have a perception that becoming pregnant (again) will make the pain of the loss lessen or go away. For me and mamas I counsel as a clinical psychologist, rarely, if ever have I seen this happen.
As a clinical psychologist who supports women after pregnancy loss, stillborn and infant loss, I can share this observation: Being pregnant after a loss is genuinely heroic. Nothing will rock a mama to the core more than losing a child, working through the grief and becoming pregnant again.
From my heart, here’s my perspective on what you need to know about being pregnant after a loss:
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