Last year, Emily Christine had a miscarriage. After two months of silence, she decided to reach out to other women with a message of hope.
Roughly 20 percent of all women trying to have babies have a miscarriage. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, think of five women you know who have children — at least one of them has probably lost an unborn child. As common as miscarriages are, they are rarely talked about. Even while grieving her loss, Emily hopes to changed that. What follows is in her own words.
“I had to pee so badly, but they wouldn’t let me go. They said I needed a full bladder because it’s easier to see the baby during the ultrasound. I remember feeling so frustrated not only because of my full bladder, but because I had to fill out what seemed like 50 pages of paperwork before I could empty my bladder and see the baby I’d been waiting to see for eight weeks.”
“I finally was walked to the back room where I was greeted with a smile from everyone because the happiness from carrying a baby was contagious.
The ultrasound began and I saw the images right in front of me. My heart was beating out of my chest. This was exciting! This was a day my husband and I had been waiting for, for over a year.”
“But these images were different than the ones I’ve seen on Facebook that all my girlfriends had posted, something was wrong. I saw nothing because my body was just hours away from miscarrying.”
“My ultrasound tech was quiet and I just knew. She left the room and my husband quickly assured me that ‘everything is fine.’ But don’t tell that to a girl who has seen hundreds of ultrasound photos, who has searched Instagram for the hashtag “#8weeks” to see what her baby now looked like.”
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