FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Pregnancies don’t always go as planned and miscarriages are more common than most people think.
Now some women are using social media for support while talking about their loss.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but there are chances something could go wrong. An experience Sanford Birth Designer Jessica Mortenson will never forget.
"I went through a miscarriage after 17 weeks." Said Mortenson.
A couple weeks after her miscarriage Mortenson became pregnant with her second child.
"There is a lot of guilt or grief thinking they did something wrong when in fact they didn't." said Mortenson
Now the stigma of miscarriages is slowly starting to fade. And as with most everything these days, the change started thanks to social media. In 2015, a woman who had a miscarriage started an Instagram account as a place where women could write about grief and motherhood after a loss with the hashtag, “#IHadAMiscarriage”
"I wish I would have had this to go through because within our community we don't have many resources and you do feel so alone during that time." Said Mortenson
About 20% of women will have a miscarriage and they often occur for unknown reasons. The reason most people think a miscarriage is rare is because it's not talked about enough, but “#IHadAMiscarriage,” is changing all of that.
"For women who have been through miscarriage they can relate to a lot of what those other women are feeling as far as loss and grief and a lot their experience in general." Said Mortenson.
Helping break a stigma and offering support for women one hashtag at a time.
Along with the hashtag, if you need to talk to someone, you can call the local march of dimes.
That number is 701-235-5530