It began with a positive pregnancy test in the days leading up to the publication of my first book. It was an unplanned and protected against pregnancy that took me four pee sticks to actually…believe was real. Then things went something like this: Day 1: I decide I can’t have a third child. I need to have an abortion. Day 2: I decide I can’t have an abortion. I need to have a third child. I buy prenatal vitamins, and start taking them. I sense, giddily, that after two… >> Read More
One month ago, I was two months pregnant with my second child. Despite being constantly nauseous, I was overjoyed with all the possibilities of bringing another life into this world. I imagined…sharing this news with our family and friends at the end of Hanukkah when I would be completing my first trimester. My world felt full of potential. Three weeks ago, at our first appointment with the doctor, we received the crushing news that there was no heartbeat. Although my body was working on overdrive to… >> Read More
Actress Melissa Rauch, who stars on "The Big Bang Theory," just announced her pregnancy today in a personal essay for Glamour. What should be celebrated about her announcement, besides the happy…news, is the fact that she honestly opens up about her long struggle towards parenthood, particularly dealing with her miscarriage. She starts the essays off saying the only statement that makes her feel honest is this: “Melissa is expecting her first child. She is extremely overjoyed, but if she’s being honest, due to the fact… >> Read More
This morning, I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet in preparation for the warmer weather. Out went the winter dresses and sweaters, and in went the sundress and tank tops.
For some reason,…just as I finished, I reached high up on to a shelf that is barely used and shuddered when my fingertips grazed a small unopened box. I pulled the box down. There sat Gus the turtle, an adorable little nightlight. I remember when I got Gus. It was at my baby shower. I was about… >> Read More
Pregnancy loss or miscarriage is one of the hardest thing a woman can go through, whether it's for the first time or not. Many women often suffer silently, not publicly speaking out about it online…or with friends because of strange taboos and a sense of failure. Chari Pere is a cartoonist and Jewish mom who recently created a short comic about miscarriage, titled "Miscarried." The comic is based off of her own experience, which she wrote about in a post on her website: "On May 20th, 2014, I suffered a… >> Read More