Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss

Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss

by Rachel Lewis
Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss

Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss

by Rachel Lewis


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What to Expect When You're No Longer Expecting

When your baby dies, you find yourself in a life you never expected. And even though pregnancy and infant loss are common, they're not common to you. Instead, you feel like a stranger in your own body, surrounded by well-meaning people who often don't know how to support you.

What you need during this time is not a book offering easy answers. You need a safe place to help you navigate what comes next, such as:

· Coping with a postpartum body without a baby in your arms.
· Facing social isolation and grief invalidation.
· Wrestling with faith when you feel let down by God.
· Dealing with the overwhelming process of making everyday decisions.
· Learning to move forward after loss.
· Creating a legacy for your child.

In Unexpecting, bereaved mom Rachel Lewis is the friend you never knew you'd need, walking you through the unique grief of baby loss. When nothing about life after loss makes sense . . . this book will.

"The guide that all parents experiencing pregnancy loss need when leaving the hospital grief-stricken, without a baby in their arms."—LINDSEY M. HENKE, founder of Pregnancy After Loss Support

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764237713
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 368,463
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rachel Lewis is the founder of Brave Mamas support group, an online community offering support to thousands of bereaved moms. Rachel has experienced the loss of five pregnancies, as well as the unique grief of raising a foster son and returning him to his biological family. Connect with Rachel on her blog, TheLewisNote.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Part 1 Loss

1 Holding Space 21

2 Body 27

3 Heart 33

4 Mind 37

5 Soul 45

Loss Journal Prompts 53

Part 2 Lament

6 Choices After Loss 57

7 Caring for Your Body 65

8 Complicated Emotions in Grief 75

9 Minding Your Mind 87

10 The Struggle of Faith 97

11 Grief Triggers 109

Lament Journal Prompts 121

Part 3 Love

12 You Are (Still) Mom and Dad 125

13 A Father's Love, a Father's Grief 135

14 Helping Your Child Grieve 151

15 Hurtful Words 163

16 Finding Your Support 175

Love Journal Prompts 187

Part 4 Legacy

17 Your New Normal 191

18 Trying (or Not Trying) Again 201

19 Pregnancy After Loss 213

20 Parenting After Loss 225

21 Creating Your Baby's Legacy 235

Legacy Journal Prompts 245

Appendix A Workplace Rights in Pregnancy and Pregnancy Loss 247

Appendix B Book List for Extended Reading 249

Appendix C Support Resources 251

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 259

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