October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. I did not know this until 2016 when I lost my first pregnancy. I had heard the stat but I never thought it would happen to me. I felt a loss like I had never experienced. I had no answers as to why this happened to me. I learned a lot about myself through the experience. I also learned that our culture does a bad job supporting women in their loss. 

 

1 in 4 women experience miscarriage.

 

While that statistic is shockingly high, being 1 in 4 can be an extremely lonely experience. I think that statistic means nothing unless you actually know a 1 in 4 and since miscarriage is rarely talked about a lot of women feel isolated in their loss. It was actually my miscarriage that made me realize of talking about the hard stuff. Through sharing my story I found many close friends and family members that had similar experiences and it helped me process my grief. Now, just because you have experienced a miscarriage does not mean that you need to talk openly about it. We all process and carry our grief differently.

I’m hoping that by sharing my story I can put a face to that statistic and remind women that you are not alone. Miscarriage is an isolating experience. I am with you.

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If you have experienced loss please check out the resources here, on postpartum.net 

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