Many women “share” a pregnancy with a relative, close friend, or a community member in their neighborhood or church. Pregnancy buddies are due about the same time and share the journey together, swapping ultrasound pictures and planning to walk together, strollers in hand, to get back into shape after birth.
But what if something went wrong for your buddy? What if she went into premature labor at 5 months and the baby was too small to survive? Or if at 7 months, there was no longer a fetal heartbeat? How would you continue your pregnancy respectfully while your buddy mourns the loss of her baby?
Pregnancy loss is rare, only about 11 in every 1,000 pregnancies ends this way. But for these few women, it’s a painful loss. Meanwhile, you’re still the glowing picture of health as your pregnancy continues.
You might feel scared or worried that something similar could happen with your baby. You want to reach out to your buddy but are unsure if you should call or visit with your big belly. Here’s how to reach out to her:
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