BookmarkBookmarkTickBookmarkAddCheckBoxFilledCheckBoxCircleBumpCheckedFilledMedical

Photo Series Sheds Light on Insensitive Comments Made About Miscarriage and Loss

Nothing hits harder than words.
save article
profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
By Stephanie Grassullo, Contributing Writer
Published September 18, 2018

“Sometimes struggle does not have a look.”

You may think you know what someone is going through, but more often than not you have no idea of the cross she carries. A powerful photo series by the women’s empowerment group, Rise for Women, raises awareness on how to talk to women and friends coping with pregnancy and infant loss.

The women featured in the project all appear like “normal” moms, but each one carries a burden with them every day. The women have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, disease, and other difficult circumstances, and each mom wrote down hurtful questions and comments people have made in passing.

“Sometimes #StruggleDoesNotHaveALook. One in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage or loss, yet how many women do you know who actually talk about it,” the post asks. “We are the face of one in four pregnancies.

Whether it is intentional or not, what is said to people suffering can hurt them when they are already in a low place. The project wants to start a discussion for these women, and raise awareness on the issue.

“We wrote down the common things people say to us before and sometimes even after knowing about our losses. The things said to us can sometimes hurt. Our babies matter too,” the post explains.

The first picture shows a woman holding a sign that reads, “your life is so perfect.” But the caption tells a different story.

“It appears that Michelle has the ‘perfect life.’ Great job, fit and is usually seen smiling. But the truth is, Michelle lost her daughter Micah in 2012, a loss she struggles with every single day.”

Another photo further instills how we often don’t know someone’s full story. “People often ask Andrea when she is going to start having children. But she has one. An angel,” the comment explains.

“Maybe it was meant to be,” reads one sign of a women who suffered from miscarriages.

Pestering someone about when she will get pregnant is the worst thing you can do.

Even though miscarriage is almost always out of a woman’s control, many moms suffer from guilt—don’t add to it.

Each of the photos carries a powerful message, which has resonated with many who suffer from their own story of struggle. Think twice before you say something that may offend someone coping with this grief, and if you are suffering from lose, don’t be afraid to share your pain.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

save article
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List

Next on Your Reading List

Monica Garcia of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" television series attends BravoCon 2023 at Caesars Forum on November 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Real Housewives Alum Monica Garcia Shares Heartbreaking Miscarriage
By Wyndi Kappes
Carlos and Alexa Penavega on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 on TODAY show season 72
Alexa PenaVega & Carlos PenaVega Mourn the Stillborn Daughter
By Wyndi Kappes
anne hathaway miscarriage 2015 during off broadway play "grounded"
Anne Hathaway Opens Up About Miscarriage During Off-Broadway Show
By Wyndi Kappes
woman sitting alone in doctor office waiting room
Viral Video Advocates for Separate Waiting Rooms at Ob-Gyn Offices
By Wyndi Kappes
Sad couple comforting each other.
Signs of Miscarriage: Everything You Need to Know
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
ultrasound photo and positive pregnancy test on rainbow background-rainbow baby concept
What Is a Rainbow Baby?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
woman getting an ultrasound
What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
woman holding a pregnancy test close up
What Is a Chemical Pregnancy? Everything You Need to Know
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
roman woodward foundation roman wrap for stillborn babies
Mom Creates Special Baby Blanket to Parents Coping With Stillbirth
By Wyndi Kappes
couple holding hands during a hard time
New Bill Would Offer Paid Leave After a Family-Building Loss
By Wyndi Kappes
Actress Tiffany Haddish arrives on the red carpet at the 2023 ESPY Awards in Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Wednesday, July 12, 2023.
Tiffany Haddish Reminds Us Coping With Miscarriage Can Take Many Forms
By Wyndi Kappes
maya vander in hospital bed after giving birth to baby girl
Maya Vander Shares How She Navigated Pregnancy After Loss of Her Son
By Wyndi Kappes
Jenna Bush Hager pictured on the Hoda and Jenna Today show on Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Jenna Bush Hager Opens Up About Her Ectopic Pregnancy
By Wyndi Kappes
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England
Prince Harry Believes Tabloids Played a Part in Meghan’s Miscarriage
By Wyndi Kappes
Taylor Swift performs onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 20, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee
Taylor Swift’s New Song Sparks Conversation Around Miscarriage
By Wyndi Kappes
person holding ultrasound photo
13 Different Types of Miscarriage and What They Mean
By Maggie Overfelt
best books to read after a miscarriage and best books to read to your children after having a miscarriage 2022
19 Helpful Books to Read After a Miscarriage
By Amy Stanford
Chrissy Teigen attends City Harvest Presents The 2022 Gala: Red Supper Club at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 26, 2022 in New York City
Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Life-Saving Abortion in 2020
By Nehal Aggarwal
mother holding baby's hand with rainbow light reflected on them
America’s First-Ever Rainbow Clinic Is Here to Help
By Wyndi Kappes
britney spears and Sam Asghari kissing on red carpet of "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" movie premiere in July 2019
Britney Spears Announces Heartbreaking Miscarriage
By Wyndi Kappes
Article removed.