It’s one of the most devastating sentences a woman can hear.
“Your baby has no heartbeat.”
But for Libby Trickett, it wasn’t all sorrow and grief (although that certainly consumed her for a long time.)
Instead of letting the miscarriage of her first baby break her, the Olympic swimmer learned a valuable lesson from her loss. And she says she is grateful for that.
Listen: Libby talks about the experience on the I Don’t Know How She Does It podcast.
Libby lost her baby two years ago in the eighth week of her pregnancy.
“It was a very early miscarriage but you still feel sadness,” she says.
Suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, the 32-year-old always knew she might have trouble getting pregnant, but the miscarriage itself came as a shock.
Fortunately, she had joy in her future, with the birth of her now eight-month-old daughter Poppy just a year away. But first, she had to make it through the sadness.
It’s sometimes hard to put into words what motherhood is. Yes, it’s joyful. Yes, it’s a blessing. Yes, it is without a doubt an absolute miracle. But it’s also hard and lonely. It can be isolating and bone achingly tiring. I found the transition to motherhood tough. Hell, I still can find it bloody tough at times 19 months in but I wanted to share my story in case it helps another mother out there that might be finding things hard right now. Check out the @mamamiaaus podcast by @alissawarren. Link in bio. And mum’s, out there, just remember you are not alone!! If you’re having a tough time, reach out for help. We are all just trying to do our best xx