I saw two pink lines and the wave of shock and tremendous joy consumed my body. I twirled in a circle over the bathroom floor, with my hand over my mouth, trying to keep from crying or shouting. This is what I’ve wanted. This is it. And it happened 11 months after our fertility baby came, totally naturally and spontaneously.

An hour of shock and endorphins wore off and I began to settle back into my familiar space of being practical, rational, and suffocated by the next steps.
The HCG tests to make sure this isn’t ectopic, which will take about 5 days. Then, if we pass that, we breathe a little more until 9 weeks, because I miscarry around 8 weeks. Then, if we get passed 8 weeks, we let a little more air in until 12 weeks. And then, we breathe shallowly for the rest of the pregnancy, praying and hoping and trying to put on a naive face until we hopefully deliver a healthy baby.

An OB once told me that I was an anxious person.

I fired her the next day.

Of course I’m an anxious person. When I actually get pregnant naturally, I lose babies. That’s what I know. That’s the road that’s embedded in my core; the valley that exists down the very center of my body. The one that I inevitably slide into, because that’s the familiar. So, I stifle my excitement about a surprise pregnancy. I stifle my fears about 2 babies under the age of 2. Like a flame without air, my emotions can’t come to the surface to dance and be free. They just sit in the ashes of the babies before them.
And I realize, in this moment, that miscarriage has stolen presence from me.

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Allison Rykken

Allison Rykken is a wife, mother, and social worker living in Minnesota. After almost four years of infertility and loss, she had a son and chose to stay home with him instead of returning to work. She is passionate about providing community and support for those also suffering through loss and infertility. She also has a personal blog: www.thesahfeminist.com

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