By: Anna Katrina J. Bolivar
On June 6, 2018, Heart Evangelista-Escudero shared on Instagram that they lost their remaining baby. Heart and Sen. Chiz Escudero were expecting twins for Heart’s first pregnancy but due to certain circumstances, they had a twin miscarriage.
It was just a month ago when Heart shared about her pregnancy on her Instagram account. The photo exhibited a very blooming expecting mother with her joyful husband, excitedly showing a cute little baby onesie. Part of the photo’s caption was “The greatest of blessings all in God’s perfect timing! Our beautiful family just got a little bigger.”
A few days after the pregnancy announcement, Heart shared a photo of their twins’ ultrasound. It was in that post that she revealed that they had twins but unfortunately lost one of them. According to Heart, one of the embryos was smaller and behind in terms of development so they lost one of the twins.
There are not enough words to express how heavy my heart feels but I know it’s important to share this because it’s part of my motherhood journey. At this week’s Doctor appointment, just as we hit the 3 month mark, we found out that her heart stopped beating. For some it might be early on but for us, we were so ready to meet you, little one. Carrying you made me feel like a completely new person. Just the thought of you taught me what unconditional love feels like. The Doctor told me that there really wasn’t anything we could’ve done, that this happens to a higher percentage of first time moms. I know this is true because so many of you have been open with sharing your experiences. Your kindness and positivity in sharing about your own miscarriages remind me to be strong. I am so grateful for all your love throughout this entire journey. It’s not the end, just another chapter. I take comfort knowing that you’re up there with your twin. I don’t question God about this sad time, I trust in His timing and plan. I hope you all understand that I’ll be taking some time off but your support and kind words will be felt, even if I’m not able to reply. I’m not looking for answers, just peace. For what it’s worth, I already had a name for you. My Mira, funnily enough, I already loved your smile. I know you’ll find your way back to me.
Then on June 6, Heart announced the heartbreaking news that they also lost the remaining twin. She shared that upon their doctor’s appointment for their third month, they found out that the remaining baby’s heart stopped beating. Heart expressed her grief and yet kept her strong faith in God through her statement “I don’t question God about this sad time, I trust in His timing and plan.”
On the last part of her post, she revealed their baby’s name. She called her Mira and stated that she loves Mira’s smile and that she knows that Mira would find her way back to her mommy.
Twin pregnancy is considered a high-risk pregnancy and as such, requires extra monitoring and care. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, make sure to attend all your prenatal appointments so that any complication that may arise can be detected early.
The risk of miscarriage when carrying twins is higher than when having a single pregnancy. Miscarriage in the first trimester, which is commonly known as ‘early miscarriage’ is not so uncommon for all pregnancies. Some early miscarriages happen so early that the mother didn’t even notice that she’s pregnant.
Although causes of complications are not definite, you can take extra precaution to keep your pregnancy safe. If you want to keep your pregnancy problem-free, make sure to observe the following:
- Attend all your prenatal appointments
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
- Do regular gentle exercises as consulted with your physician
- Avoid smoking
As with all pregnancy, it is important that you take care of yourself. When you take good care of yourself during your pregnancy, you are also taking good care of the little one/s inside your womb.
Anna Katrina Bolivar is a first-time mom to a baby girl. She’s a stay-at-home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and cosleeping mom. She has her own blog. Despite all the challenges of a stay-at-home mom, she always goes to sleep with a heart that is overflowing with love for the Lord, her husband, and their precious little girl.