This morning, Jack Osbourne and his wife, Lisa , shared the incredibly sad news that Lisa had a miscarriage during the second trimester of her pregnancy. Lisa and Jack were expecting a baby boy.
Lisa, who shared the news about the devastating loss on her blog, Raddest Mom, said, "I have been dreading this announcement. I needed some time before being able to say it. Jack and I lost our baby boy last week. Having a late-term miscarriage is by far the hardest thing either of us have ever had to go through. We appreciate all of your prayers and ask for privacy and respect during this time. It’s important to stay hopeful and optimistic through life’s toughest moments. We never know why things like this happen. All we can do is trust in God and know he has a plan for our lives."
And shortly after her announcement, Lisa, who's mama to daughter Pearl Clementine , 16 months, tweeted, "Cuddling my amazing sweet hubby and shutting my eyes. Thank you all for the love and support. It means the world." In the midst of such unfortunate and sad news, it's wonderful that Lisa has support from a wonderful, loving and considerate husband as well as a wealth of fans and well-wishers to give her love and kind words. Lisa also has the sweet smile of her daughter to get her through her hardest moments. And though there's no consolation for any woman going through such a difficult time — especially a public celebrity — we wish her our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences.
Lisa can also find support in other mothers who've experience the pain of a miscarriage. In times like these, sometimes the most thoughtful advice and support can come from the women and mothers who've been where Lisa is now and can help her mourn and heal.
Although the majority of miscarriages do take place in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, it can still happen after your first trimester (though it is typically far less likely). Miscarriages that take place in the first twelve weeks are medically referred to as “ early miscarriage,” and the cause is usually chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. A miscarriage between weeks twelve and twenty is less likely due to genetic problems with the baby and more likely the result of something amiss in the mother’s body, such as a structural problem with the uterus or an incompetent cervix. (All not your fault!) There will always be things you can't control, both in pregnancy and parenthood, so focus on what you can can — eating right, exercising moderately and getting lots of rest.
If you have experienced a single miscarriage, you are not at increased risk for miscarriage in a subsequent pregnancy. However, if you have experienced two or more consecutive miscarriages in the first trimester or one second trimester miscarriage, you are at higher risk for a miscarriage in the next pregnancy and should be evaluated for an underlying cause. Certain blood clotting disorders (otherwise known as thrombophilias), thyroid disease, lupus, or diabetes can increase your risk of having a miscarriage. An abnormality in the way your uterus has formed can also be associated with recurrent pregnancy loss, particularly after the first trimester. If you are concerned that you may be at high risk for recurrent miscarriages, you should discuss your concerns with your obstetrician.
Have you ever helped a friend through this difficult time? What advice/support would you give?