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My sister and her husband just lost a baby halfway through their pregnancy. It's the kind of heartbreak I can only imagine, and it leaves me feeling heartbroken for them, and completely helpless.
When someone close to you suffers a miscarriage or death of a baby, you may not be sure what to do or say. Too often, well-meaning friends and family will say something hurtful in an effort to say something. In our article The Hurt That Never Heals, we've included a sidebar for friends and family on what to say when there's really nothing you can say:
These words are not helpful when someone has lost a baby:
Do try the following:
And here, mothers who've been through miscarriages and stillbirth offer their own advice on what you should or shouldn't say or do to help your loved one. Got a tip of your own to share? Chime in below.
Dana Rousmaniere is FitPregnancy.com's Managing Editor.