A pregnancy after loss is a trying time, fraught with fear and uncertainty, having lost some of the innocence and excitement of a happy and healthy pregnancy without a history of loss. Unfortunately, very few seem to recognize how difficult it is for moms pregnant again after one or many losses. It's often assumed that our pregnancies will be blissful because we're so excited to be blessed with viable pregnancies, but that's just not the case. In many situations, we feel guilty for resenting the morning sickness and any pain or complications because shouldn't we just be happy that our baby is alive this time? Often, we're still mourning the babies we lost and while the outside world assumes a new baby will heal us or replace the babies we lost, pregnancy just makes the pain even more acute. Pregnancy after loss is complicated.
I've run a few giveaways in the past for moms who have experienced loss but I wanted to run a special giveaway right now especially for moms who are currently pregnant after a loss. I've partnered with some very sweet and generous women who run small businesses to give you a great giveaway with items for baby and mom. I'm so very, very excited about this giveaway and I hope you are too. Please take the time to visit, follow, and make purchases from the ladies who contributed to the giveaway. It's their kind hearts that have made this giveaway possible.
At the bottom of the page, you can enter the giveaway. (US residents only please.) I ask that only women who are currently pregnant after a loss enter. (Your last pregnancy need not be a loss, I don't have experience in this area yet, but I imagine even after having a living child, subsequent pregnancies will still be hard with my history of loss. If you've ever had a loss and are currently pregnant, please do enter.) I know that that significantly limits the pool of entrants, so even if you can't enter, would you please share this giveaway with others?
And on to the wonderful prizes! One winner will take them all home.
I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 2 boys and a girl and a consultant with Usborne Books & More. We carry children's books for all ages. I love being able to share my love of reading with others! I'm giving away a $10 credit to my website.
signed, hardcover copy of Happy, too
By Your Side Books
By Your Side Books is a line of children’s picture books with timeless themes and inspiring stories. One of the many unmatched elements of By Your Side Books is called, “Talk time, By Your Side" - a family questionnaire section near the back of each book. Our first book, "Happy, too" is a simple story of friendship and the transforming power of happiness, a story for young readers the whole family can enjoy.
mini lovie blanket
I started really sewing about 4 years ago and have a passion for creating for little ones. I specialize in custom stuffed animal lovie blankets. I have always thought lovie blankets were the perfect gift for a new baby, all kids should have something soft to cuddle as they grow. I am gifting one mini lovie blanket for a special baby.shop | facebook
item of winner's choice
Blessed Beans Boutique
I am a wife and mother of four children (my beans). I wanted to start a home based business where I could help support my family, stay at home, and give glory to God at the same time. The idea to make religious jewelry came to me after much prayer. Jewelry is a great conversation piece and a great way to spread the word of God.
Hi, I'm Rakhi! I am a wife and mom of 2 young children who works part-time outside of the home. I recently began indulging my artistic side, and Rakstar Designs was born. My hope is that the art and products I offer inspiration for others and serve as a reminder of God's great love for each and every person. To that end, I am giving away one of my "I Am Loved" necklaces, where the message will lie close to your heart.
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rope rosary in color of winner's choice
This Little Light Blog
Hey, I'm Jenna! I'm 27 and married to my best friend. We have a little guy and another one that should be here any day. Also in the middle of a big move so my etsy shop is currently on "vacation" but I like to blog occasionally and make rosaries in my free time. I'd love to get to know you and pray for you.
watercolor painting, apron, and magnets
I really love to craft with my hands and family and friends suggested that I try and sell my crafts online. So along with local craft shows I have a shop on Etsy
Flexi Clip of winner's choice (up to $20)
Lilla Rose Independent Consultant Mandi Richards (me!)
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Again, this giveaway is only for women currently pregnant who have ever experienced pregnancy loss. US residents only. Giveaway will end Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. GOOD LUCK!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
P.S. I'd love to do pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss giveaways like this on a regular basis, maybe quarterly or twice a year, as a way to showcase small businesses and support women through loss. If you'd like to contribute to an upcoming giveaway, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!