*trigger warning: pregnancy loss*
I feel so honoured to be sharing this post from my amazing friend Jo. Jo is one of an amazing group of women that I feel enormously privileged to know. We met at antenatal classes while pregnant with now 4 year olds. Little did i know the significance of that life in her tummy. And what a lucky girl her little one is - she totally lucked out in the parents stakes. And what a lucky mama I am - to be so privileged to call Jo my friend, to be kept sane by her on oh so many occasions and to watch her grow into the amazing mama and woman she has become. In the words of my wonderful friend Nissa, she is one strong mother.
Today, the 15th of October, is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Tonight people around the world will light candles at 7pm in their local time zone, creating a global Wave of Light in memory of tiny lives lost too soon.
The statistics tell us that approximately 1 in 4 women experience pregnancy loss. The NHS website goes on to state that 'Losing three or more pregnancies in a row is uncommon and only affects 1 in 100 women.' I suspect I'm oversensitive when it comes to this subject. The word 'only' seems dismissive. I am one of these women. I lost 6 pregnancies back to back over a three year period. I often refer to it as 'Miscarriage Groundhog Day', except there was no Bill Murray and it was marked by an absence of laughter.Read More