It's difficult to explain what it's like to expect your first child, but the tired phrase "emotional rollercoaster" does a pretty good job of summing it up.
That first trimester, the only thing on your mind is ensuring that the baby's healthy. Then you've got all these ideas of what you want the sex to be and if you prefer the baby to be one sex over the other then you start thinking about what that says about you. Then there' s planning for the baby-shower, doctor's visits, pre-natal vitamins, not lifting heavy at the gym...it's crazy.
Because we've lived up to this point and existing has been pretty much a default for us, it's easy to forget how fickle life really is, and how common miscarriages are. In fact, one in six pregnant women will experience an early miscarriage.
Dealing with the loss of a child, even at such an early stage, is tough to handle. Something that Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and her husband, football player Andrew East discovered when they unfortunately suffered a miscarriage of their own.
The athletic couple took to YouTube to share their experience and talk about how they handled the sad news, so other people going through the same thing wouldn't feel alone.
Warning: this video is all kinds of emotional.
In the video, Johnson goes back to the happy moment when she discovered there was the beginnings of a human gestating inside of her.
When she found out, the two were a few hundred miles away from each other. When Andrew found out, he was overcome with emotion and couldn't wait to be back together with Shawn.
However, in the sixth week of their pregnancy, when Johnson woke up experiencing cramps and bleeding, they had to head to the doctor and make sure the baby was OK.
Sadly, the doctors explained to Johnson and East that they suffered a miscarriage.
They shared the news in emotional Instagram posts, with a message to others who may be going through the same thing: "Know you're not the only one going through whatever you're going through."
As tough as it is to watch chronicle their sadness, they're clearly doing their best to work through a tough time in their lives and that stubbornness to not be sunk by the unfortunate news is admirable. Couple that with the fact that they're trying to help and inspire others, and the video is a powerful reminder that no matter what you're going through: you're not alone.
If you or someone you know has recently suffered a miscarriage, there are pregnancy loss support centers that can help.
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