As any new mom can imagine, 31-year-old Joan Bremer was ecstatic to find out she was expecting her first child. However, just seven weeks into her pregnancy, she started bleeding and experiencing excruciating cramps.
After she went in for a check-up with her doctor, Joan received soul-crushing news: she was having a miscarriage.
She was the “1 in 4.” It was her worst nightmare come true. Joan and her husband were devastated beyond words.
Though she only got to carry her precious baby in her womb for two short months, Joan knew it was an experience that would mark her forever.
“It took about three days to recover, and during that time I thought of getting a tattoo to mark this life experience,” the grieving mother said in an interview with TODAY Parents. “For me, all the tattoos I have signify something, and even though this was a painful time, I still wanted to be able to remember it in some way.”
She began to search the Internet for the perfect image to represent the loss of her baby, and when she came across this abstract depiction of a mother carrying a child in her womb, she knew it was the one.
“Losing a baby, even if it’s early in pregnancy, is just so difficult,” Joan shared. “For me, it was healing to be able to speak about it. I know there is a certain silence about miscarriages and pregnancy losses, but I am not ashamed that this happened to me. That was one of my motivations for getting the tattoo in the first place — I really think it’s healing to be able to talk about it.”
Joan doesn’t plan on giving up on having children, and she’s even thought about how she will modify the tattoo after her next pregnancy.
“If we are able to carry a baby to term and have a healthy child, I will add a rainbow baby to this design since ‘rainbow babies’ are babies that are conceived after a loss, just like how something beautiful can come after a storm,” she explained. “If I end up having a second miscarriage, I will most likely add another heart to this design.”
Since she posted the captivating image on Imgur, comments of support and empathy have flooded in from other moms who have gone through the same experience.
“And I got this to remember the baby that wasn’t meant to be,” Joan shared in the caption along with the picture.
Her viral tattoo has struck a chord with thousands of women, and many of them have shared their own stories and miscarriage tattoos in response.
Joan certainly has inspired many through her pain, and she hopes to continue sharing her story so that others may know they are not alone.
“It happened to us, and it’s happened to countless other people,” she said. “I want to be able to share and talk about it, and in talking about it move on from the pain and disappointment.”
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