Real Moms Share Their Stories of Miscarriage + How They Went on to Build Happy, Healthy Families

One in five women will experience a miscarriage. While it's common, it's never easy for the families who have to endure the painful experience. But there's hope! Read these incredible stories of loss, love and recovery. (15 Photos)

Compiled by Lesley Kennedy on Aug 23, 2012 at 5:35PM

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Real Moms Share Their Stories of Miscarriage + How They Went on to Build Happy, Healthy Families

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14 Inspiring Miscarriage Stories

Few things are more heartbreaking than losing a pregnancy, and according to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 10 to 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, 60 to 70 percent of women who have lost a pregnancy go on to have healthy kids. These women may not have had an easy road to motherhood -- but their stories of love, loss and recovery will inspire you.

Blessed With Two Princesses
"Before actually trying to get pregnant, I had only ever thought about trying not to get pregnant. When I stopped taking my birth control pill at the age of 28, I thought it would be just a few months before I got pregnant.

After a year of trying, my husband, Joe, and I went for a few rounds of blood work and additional testing to rule out any obvious reasons why we may not be pregnant. Much to our relief, everything was normal and within a few months I finally took a test that was positive.

I always believed we would keep the news between ourselves and our parents until we reached the 12-week milestone. Around Christmas, 2007, I was eight weeks pregnant, but bleeding. Each time I went to the bathroom it appeared worse. The day after Christmas we went to the doctor and had an ultrasound, and there was that little heartbeat we had heard just a few weeks earlier.

After the New Year, the bleeding continued, and the next trip to the doctor proved to be worse than anything I could have imagined. This time, there was no flutter. I knew instantly. I will never forget the feeling of losing something I barely knew, but had become so attached to in just a few short weeks.

Less than two months after miscarrying, and just as we started to wrap our minds around trying again, we found out I was pregnant. As mind-blowing and fabulous as the news was, I couldn't stop worrying. With each doctor appointment came anxiety, but also an immediate sense of relief once the heartbeat was found. I remember lying in the hospital bed, hooked up to the monitors, preparing for delivery and listening to the heartbeat for hours. I wish I had that soothing and reassuring sound on tape. In November 2008, I delivered a baby girl, and in November, 2011, we were greeted with another princess."

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