It isn't just a period.
It isn't just a failure to conceive.
It isn't just a disappointment.
It isn't just something to shrug off.
It isn't "just" anything.
It isn't a reason to give up.
It isn't your fault.
It is a real life.
It is detectable only through the chemicals (hcg) in your blood, not via ultrasound.
It is generally a problem with implantation.
It is a very early miscarriage.
It is the death of a very small, but very real, baby.
It is both different from, and the same as, any other pregnancy loss.
It is a blow to your sense of security and safety.
It is a real loss.
It is OB appointments, a due date, birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other future milestones that won't come to pass.
It is something, and someone, to grieve and miss.
It is a good reason to be sad.
It is someone you will meet in Heaven.
It is something that can, sometimes, be treated and prevented.
It is a chance to encourage and support a bereaved parent.
It is an opportunity to place your hope in Christ.
It is your child, and I am so sorry that he or she did not get to meet you on this side of
Heaven. If you would like to share the name of your child, or just "Baby ___", in the comments below, I would be so honored to lift you in prayer this Christmas season.