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15 Things Babyloss Parents Do When They Get Pregnant Again

15 Things Babyloss Parents Do When They

I stared at the pregnancy test in disbelief. It was a digital one, so there wasn’t even a need to figure out if there was a second line or not. Just one word that I thought I would never again describe me.

Pregnant.

At that point in time, we had a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and had experienced three pregnancy losses since she was a year old – our daughter Naomi at 18 weeks, baby Kyria at 8 weeks, and baby Jordan at 4 weeks, followed by a whole year of nothing. I had finally accepted that I would forever be the mother of an only child – and now I was staring at my future.

Maybe.

Or maybe not. Because I had no guarantee that this pregnancy would turn out any differently than my previous three.

That knowledge haunted me for the next nine months – some of the most anxious, joyful, exciting, terrifying, confusing months of my life, until my son was born, alive and well. During that time, I met a lot of other PAL (pregnant after loss) moms who were experiencing the same wild mix of emotions and discovered to my relief that in spite of feeling like I was going crazy, I was actually quite normal.

Emotions Babyloss Parents Feel After Finding Out They Are Pregnant Again

If you have ever been pregnant after a loss, perhaps you can relate to this list of things babyloss parents do when they get pregnant:

  1. Cry. Because you have another chance. Because you’re scared. Because you’re happy. Because you still miss your other baby. Because you’re hormonal. Because you’re normal.
  2. Pray. Because you realize you have no more control over this pregnancy than you did over the one where your baby died, but God does, and you desperately want this baby to live.
  3. Worry. About if this baby will live. About if your sudden lack of morning sickness is bad news. About whether or not the baby has moved enough. About what you ate or drank before you knew you were pregnant. About the one-in-four statistics for pregnancy loss and you know at least three other pregnant women, so what if you’re the one, again?
  4. Count the days to the next milestone, the next appointment, the next time you get to hear the heartbeat so that you can relax, at least for a moment.
  5. Consider, in some situations, that if your first baby had lived, this rainbow baby might not be here. And then stop thinking about that because it is just too hard to wrap your mind around.
  6. Decide whether to tell people early (to have support in case the baby dies, to celebrate every minute that you have, etc.) or to hide from the world so you can avoid all of the questions and advice givers.
  7. Think carefully about how to answer the question, “Is this your first?”, especially if you don’t have other living children yet.
  8. Grieve, because you haven’t forgotten your child in Heaven, but it seems like everyone else has. Because joy feels like a betrayal of your child in Heaven. Because you miss your other baby but want this one, too.
  9. Feel guilty for any negative, complaining thought whatsoever, whether it is an achy back or trouble sleeping or swollen feet or disappointment with your baby’s gender because you said that all you wanted was a healthy baby so why are you complaining?
  10. Hesitate to decorate the nursery or buy anything but the most minimal of baby gear until you know that he or she is coming home with you. And what you do buy, you make sure you can return it, just in case. Same for maternity clothes.
  11. Feel proud of yourself if you actually removed the tags and washed a few sets of clothes before your due date.
  12. Remember what season it was in your first pregnancy when you were at the stage that you are now.
  13. Wonder what kind of older sibling your baby in Heaven would have been.
  14. Have two birth plans in your head, one if the baby lives and one if he doesn’t. Because if you plan for it this time, maybe it won’t happen.
  15. Exhale when your living baby is born and cries for the first time. Go ahead. You’ve been holding your breath for the last nine months at least.

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Resources Available to Help You Through Pregnancy After Loss of Baby

If you are pregnant after loss, or have been, does any of this resonate in your heart? The journey of pregnancy after loss can feel like a long and lonely one, fraught with worry and tension. But it doesn’t have to be. There are some wonderful resources designed for those who are expecting after loss, both in print and online. There is also local support here in the greater Columbia area, both for loss and for the journey of PAL, through Naomi’s Circle, a ministry that my husband and I began to reach out to parents of babies in Heaven.

The list above? Totally normal. But with the support of others, you can go beyond normal and learn to enjoy this time of preparing to meet your new baby, even while you remember the one you are still missing and will never forget.

Books
Expecting with Hope by Teske Drake
Celebrating Pregnancy Again by Franchesca Cox
Expecting a Rainbow Journal by Stephanie Dyer with Beyond Words Designs
Rainbows and Redemption, edited by Melissa Cummings and Kristi Bothur – free e-book devotional written by ten PAL women who understand the journey

Online
Pregnancy After Loss Support – website and blog for pregnancy after loss
Hannah’s Prayer PAL forum – one of many forums in the Hannah’s Prayer ministry for women dealing with fertility issues
Naomi’s Circle – PAL resources  – list of resources, both in print and online

Local
Naomi’s Circle – monthly support (online and in-person) for both loss and PAL

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20 Things That Babyloss Moms Do That Feel Crazy But Aren’t
10 More Things Babyloss Parents Do That Feel Impossible But Aren’t

What helped you when you were pregnant after a loss? Share in the comments!

 

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27 Responses to 15 Things Babyloss Parents Do When They Get Pregnant Again

  1. Carolynne
    Carolynne January 25, 2015 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristi! Both of our children are also rainbow babies and every word of your story resonated with me. The work you do with Naomi’s Circle helps so many. <3

  2. Cheryl Foster January 26, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    We lost our child at 2 years old but since becoming pregnant with our rainbow, it does feel like I’m holding my breath. Oh, how I want him OUT!!! I experienced so many of the thoughts you listed, as have so many of my friends who are on this road, too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. Courtney January 31, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Another book that was helpful for me was What Was Lost – A Christian Journey through Miscarriage. I’m 8 months pregnant now after a loss and so looking forward to #15!

  4. Melissa Cooley January 31, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you for this. I always have trouble when people ask me, “Is this your first?” because I had two miscarriages prior to my son’s arrival and a miscarriage after as well. Now expecting for the 5th time, I hope and pray daily and have the same fears as you shared. I’m expecting a baby girl and although I’ve gone through my son’s baby clothes from 0 to 3 months, I’m hanging onto them until I feel more confident to sell them to purchase pink ones. And then of course worry how long to hold onto those before cutting the tags and washing them.

  5. Bridget January 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Yes to all of this. Thank you for sharing and articulating the common feelings of those of us who have walked this path

  6. Cristin January 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    Thank you for this. I just suffered a miscarraige at almost 12 weeks, my first. My water broke at 30 weeks with my son and now I’m terrified but still desperate to be pregnant again. Some of these things you’ve mentioned I’ve thought of and some not, but the things I didn’t think of are a good way to prepare for if I am ever blessed with another pregnancy. Thank you.

  7. Sam January 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    good read not all true for me. Having a hard time today thinking about my Stormy, lost at 1 year 10 days, I miss my baby so much it breaks me sometimes, she would be three next month, and I’m so scared for my new girl what if it happens again?

  8. Melissa January 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    This is absolutely spot on. I’m expecting my fifth rainbow and it’s never gotten easier.

  9. Kaylee Farnes March 3, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    I haven’t even gotten pregnant yet after my first pregnancy miscarried, but I can already relate to many of these emotions. I’ve been researching and mentally preparing myself for what it might be like to get pregnant again. Thank you for this. It’s always better knowing there are people out there going through the same things you are. It’s terrible to feel alone.

  10. Jess April 23, 2016 at 3:58 am #

    Hi, another great book is Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

    All so true

  11. Becki June 23, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    My first (and only, thank the Lord) loss was a Naomi as well. At 14 weeks.

  12. CIndy November 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    7, 8 and 15 hit me hard. We had our rainbow in june, our first live birth and even when she wakes up to party all night, I’m grateful, then I’m sad and miss her sister and cry a bit, then I cuddle Caitie some more and let her party it up with her teethers.

    Tabitha was 38 weeks and 3 days when she went back to heaven. I miss her every second of every day, and I’ll miss her until I die. That doesn’t take from the love we have for Caitie, and adds a little, I think. A bit of extra patience, a little more enjoying the tiny things and realizing dishes can wait for a few hours. A memory of the ephermal nature of life.

    Thanks for this,
    It helps.

  13. Karlie April 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    I just lost my baby after she lived for 23 hours. I had a perfect pregnancy and she was born the day after her due date. I am scared to death to get pregnant again and already anticipating all of these feelings. Thanks for posting this.

  14. Kellee July 14, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    Thank you for this, lost our LB (Little Baby…as we called it) at 11 weeks. I wondered what it would be like when I take the next test and this is a great reference on what to expect.

    Blessings!

  15. Brooke August 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    It is nice to see that a lot of other people have been through this as well. I just had my third miscarriage in a year, and my husband and I don’t have any children. I feel all of this every time I got pregnant. It is a roller coaster of emotions. I have been through a lot and have had blood work testing and now I just had surgery and had a.suction d and c done. They are now doing genetic testing to see if they can find out anything. It is hard but I know someday God will bless me with my first child, but I will never forget the journey of emotions I went on to get there.

  16. Holly Renee Hodge September 14, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    I’m pregnant with my Rainbow Baby after 2 miscarriages (3 babies) in my life and thankfully I am at 21 weeks now but this post is PERFECT and SPOT ON. I know that was written a couple years back but I have to thank you, this will help so many understand my emotions and my brain (lol). I’m so greatful I came across this on Pintetest!!! God bless.

  17. Giovi December 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Pregnant with a rainbow baby, after a twin pregnancy boy girl, surviving my miracle baby girl. This pregnancy has been hard since the beggining eventhough I am a believer and know that God is the only one that knows also you want this baby stayed this time with you, it is a boy dr told us that made it harder since we lost our boy the first time. I am 30 weeks pregnant today, and just one week ago told my whole family about my pregnancy. I identify with all the emotions you describe and share it with my husband, until now baby doesnt have a name which we plan to do next tuesday but we will let my daughter choose between some papers for giving names we like. My daughter is 4 she was born at 29 weeks so being at 30 and out of the hospital bring happiness to our family. That we are scared yes. If baby doesnt move a lot, of if i have stomache. Like you said I think we coukd be abke t9 breath when we have our healthy baby in our arms. Prsying so hard for this baby stayed more time inside ny belly to continue growing healthy. Thank you fir your post, Husband and I are not crazy lol, lol.

  18. Nicole January 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    I lost my 3rd baby at 8 weeks in Nov of 2016 then I lost my 4th baby at about 10-11 weeks after hearing and seeing a heart beat. I haven’t forgotten either of then and still feel pain. I plan to try again but am terrified of what will happen.thanks for your post it helps to hear that good things can happen after a horrible one

    • Kristi Bothur January 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      Nicole, I’m so sorry for your losses. Are you in the Columbia area? We would be honored to have you at our next Naomi’s Circle meeting in NE Columbia.

  19. Megan February 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

    Just read this. Thank you for writing this. I just found out I am pregnant with our rainbow baby.

    • Kristi Bothur February 10, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

      Megan, that is wonderful! Are you in the Columbia area? You are welcome to come to our monthly support meeting! We have one for Pregnancy after loss!

  20. Cheyenne February 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    This is so meaningful. The tears, the prayers, the terrifying realization that you have NO control over the life of your little one. I’m 4 weeks 2 days pregnant after losing our first daughter very suddenly at 13 weeks last June. I am terrified to fall head over heels for this little one the way that I did for our daughter – it feels wrong to celebrate this early. I still cry for our baby Joyce every day.

  21. Stacey March 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    This was so nice to read my daughter lost her baby at 36 weeks just woke up one morning and that was it ! She realized Presleigh hadn’t been moving that morning which was not normal so she went to hospital to get help and it was too late! They called it a true knot in the cord! One year later we are about to have our rainbow baby boy! Her due date is the days she layed her daughter to rest one year later!! I wish we could have read this article sooner

  22. Lesley-Anne Burnett March 8, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    This is so true, I had my son and after him had 4 losses in the space of 2 years. I then had nothing from the end of 2012 to 2016 and thanks to Clomid i got pregnant again and sadly lost this little bundle just before I reached 12 weeks. We had given up and when i went to my consultant to talk about next steps i found out i was expecting my little girl (we nicknamed Skittle) the whole way through the pregnancy i was absolutely petrified and was up at the hospital what seemed like every 5 minutes. Shortly after having her i found out i am pregnant again (another major surprise) we are just 2 weeks away from meeting our 3rd and i am still finding myself worrying about every little thing and movement. I don’t think it ever goes away the fear, the pain, the stress. It has made me appreciate each day with each of my kids here and the movement of my next one too.

  23. Hannah March 15, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    I needed this. I just lost my daughter at 36 weeks and 4 days. We have a four year old but I’m scared for when we try again. Planning a funeral for my child is so hard.

    • Kristi Bothur March 15, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      Hannah, I am so sorry. If your are in the Columbia area, we would love to have you come to one of our Naomi’s Circle Support group meetings. Contact me at [email protected].

  24. Lisa March 15, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Yes to all of this. #7 was especially hard. I have 3 living children and 12 more no one misses but me.

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