There is a myth about parenthood. It goes something like this: You will be able to have children when (and only when) you want. Your experience having children will follow the pathway you choose for it. Your children will be healthy. Reality, as our community frequently notes, is quite different from the myth. Pregnancy loss […]
“Chemical pregnancy” and “chemical miscarriage” are among my least favorite words used to describe pregnancy loss. I take issue with a lot of the medical terms for miscarriage, but what’s maddening about “chemical pregnancy” is that the term makes it sound like the pregnancy was never real. But a chemical pregnancy is a real pregnancy. […]
Pregnancy after miscarriage often produces anxiety.
Find out what to expect trying to conceive & during pregnancy after miscarriage.
Announcing a rainbow baby can be a giant bag of emotions. You’re excited and scared. You know people will celebrate, and you want to celebrate, but you may also have some lingering desire to temper your feelings. Many people worry about how their rainbow baby announcements may potentially trigger other moms dealing with infertility or […]
“Miscarriage or period?” is a question I hear far too often. “My period started a few days late and it’s way heavier than usual.” Everyone who emails me about this wants to know the same thing: how do I know if this is a miscarriage or period? They ask what miscarriage tissue looks like, if […]
When I experienced my first miscarriage, a blighted ovum, I had no idea you could lose a pregnancy without any symptoms whatsoever (a situation called a “missed miscarriage.”) I was nauseous, had food aversions, experienced cravings, had no cramping or bleeding, yet still, and ultrasound confirmed that I had lost a very wanted pregnancy. I […]
This article is the fourth installment of a series by Michelle Valiukenas, founder of the Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation. This is one loss mom’s journey of finding her way after losing her daughter, Colette. You can find part one of Michelle’s story here, part two here, and part three here. There are many things over the years […]
“At least there wasn’t really a baby.” I heard this phrase so often after my blighted ovum miscarriage (BO) that I actually stopped telling people what type of loss it was. I just couldn’t take it anymore. For years, I’d tried to have a baby. For more than a month, I’d dreamed of my child’s […]
Did you know that there are MANY types of miscarriage? In this article, we'll break them down using research and explain their respective symptoms. Knowing what kind you are having can help.
This article is the third installment of a series by Michelle Valiukenas. This is one loss mom’s journey of finding her way after losing her daughter, Colette. You can find part one of Michelle’s story here, and part two here. When I was a teenager, my great uncle died after a long illness, and my […]