According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, miscarriage rates for women ages 20 to 30 range anywhere from 9 to 17 percent, with the rates increasing as a woman gets older, with rates approaching 40 percent at age 40. Miscarriage is surprisingly common, and yet still remains an experience shrouded in secrecy, shame, and embarrassment. That’s what makes this mom’s viral Instagram account about pregnancy loss so important, as her beautifully raw posts seek to validate the experience of miscarriage and pregnancy loss for so many hopeful parents.
When Jessica Zucker was 16 weeks pregnant with her second child — a month past the first trimester when pregnancy loss is at its greatest risk — she suffered a miscarriage, according to Metro. “I had a second-trimester miscarriage. That is a fact of my life,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post. Zucker continued:
Zucker turned her grief into a movement: What began as a social media hashtag — #IHadAMiscarriage — has now become its own Instagram account with more than 13,000 followers.
Zucker described her traumatic pregnancy loss in 2012 to Self. At 16 weeks, she began spotting. She delivered…