Losing a baby is one of the most awful things you can ever experience. It's a devastating loss that can tarnish all future pregnancies and, for some, it ends up being the only kind of pregnancy experience you have. Those who are fortunate enough to have another baby, though, will often call them their "rainbow baby," meaning the baby born after the storm of loss. They brighten our lives when all we could see and feel was darkness and pain, which is why you deserve to celebrate your rainbow baby without apology.
When I lost my own daughter to prematurity, I never thought I would recover. I fell into a deep depression and was still dealing with the repercussions of that insurmountable loss, when I found out I was pregnant again. My rainbow pregnancy was full of ups and downs and was labeled high-risk because of my previous loss. I had doctor’s visits, ultrasounds, and hormone shots every week. Halfway through my pregnancy I had an emergency cerclage, also known as a cervical stitch, placed, which is mean to help avoid pre-term labor or miscarriage. I was then placed on pelvic rest and bed rest.
However, when I was finally able to hold my son for the first time, none of it mattered and I’ve celebrated the hell out of him ever since. These are just some of the reasons you, too, deserve to celebrate this wonderful new little rainbow in your life.