Possibly a post to avoid

So. Morocco.

There were some very good bits. Here is our riad – a bit far through the winding alleyways of the old town for geographically-challenged me, but lovely:

And the deceptive riad front door: Who knew there would be a sunny-ish courtyard oasis just inside? With clementines and dates and endless silver teapots filled with sugary fresh mint tea?

And here I am, on my first day in Marrakech, about to eat a decidedly average rooftop lunch, but very happy anyway, even though my dress was a little bit short and my pregnant belly just a little bit too sticky-outy.

The sign for the traditional hammam. We didn’t go to that one, because it looked a bit scary. We went to the lovely posh one. But look! The sign is so lovely!

And more signage of loveliness:

And the old town:

And me, at the Majorelle Gardens, looking smilingly colour-coordinated and a bit posey:

Those things, and the excellent company of Jo and Rebecca, and the souks and the Berber musician-seller-guy who kissed up and made us buy castanets and ugly drums and the terrible charlatan reiki healer who fleeced me £40 and the annoying hotel guide Hakim and the wonderful lamb tajines and the scarves made from 100% pashmina (hmmmm) and the sun and the hammam and the TIME OFF FROM DEMANDING TODDLERS was all wonderful.

The Bit That Gets Unpleasant:

On our first day I started bleeding a little bit. On our first morning in Marrakech I woke up to find a lot more blood. Throughout the day the bleeding continued and I figured out I was having a miscarriage. I thought I wouldn’t tell Mark, or go to a hospital, but just wait and see. By the afternoon, I was cramping and so we texted mark and he wanted me to go to hospital. We called a cab, and just as I was getting ready to go, I stood up and felt something come out in a flood. It was the placenta, along with a lot more blood.

We got to the hospital with me bleeding everywhere. The hospital was scary, and there was very little English spoken. I was seen by a besuited doctor, obviously on-call and mid-way through his restaurant meal when we was called to me. He examined me and said that the fetus was still inside and he needed to give me an operation to remove it. I was separated from Jo and Rebecca and wheeled away, into a room with a young nurse who spoke English. She said I would have another baby, and she would be beautiful. The anaesthetist came in and pumped my arm full of drugs which stung like acid, then I fell asleep for half an hour, only to wake up and start sobbing. The nurses stroked my hair and asked me why I was crying and I said it was because I lost my baby.

I was wheeled back into another room which had nothing in it, no flushing toilet, no supplies, and Jo and Rebecca found me. We stayed there for two hours, and I got cleaned up and was allowed to go back to the riad. I got to take the baby with me in a plastic container.

That part was not good. I called Mark and he was so sad. So was I. So we still are. I have never understood why miscarriages affect people. I thought if you didn’t know your baby, and your baby was small, and not ready, then you would be ok if it died. But I see now that I was wrong. I am really sad about my baby. I feel empty, and wounded, and weak, and quiet.


So, I am not pregnant any more, like I was, on Friday, when I arrived for my lovely weekend off. It was very odd leaving Marrakech thinner, emptier, older, wiser. I am tired, achingly-tired, and ready to sleep. I just thought you had to know.

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28 Responses to Possibly a post to avoid

  1. Alison says:

    Oh Jodi. What a horrible, horrible, random thing to happen to you. All the love in my heart to you, my friend.

    Ali xx

  2. Jodie, I am so sorry to read of Mark and your sadness and your miscarriage.

    I’ve also had to go through the pain you’re experiencing now and I know how much it hurts. It is a funny thing that although you’ve never met your baby, you still feel as if you know them, and you grieve their loss as you would that of any other member of your family.

    I guess that’s the only constructive thing I have to say at this time to you: Do grieve for your child. Don’t let anyone make you feel that you are less entitled to be sad because your baby didn’t grow to full term. Let the sadness and the pain and the anger and all the other feelings wash over you and be part of the experience now. Hopefully you will then be able to mend emotionally at the same time as you do physically and one day you will wake up and realise that it hurts less.

    In the meantime, much love and hugs to you and your lovely family.

  3. Clare says:

    Oh jodie, I’m so sorry to hear this news. Hugs. And you’re so brave to talk about it so openly. I had an early one before I had children – it was the most empty crawl into a ball feeling. More hugs xx clare

  4. Tracey says:

    Big hugs and kisses from everyone here in NZ

  5. Betty M says:

    I am very sorry to read this news. I don’t think it matters how early in a pregnancy this happens it is a real loss which is deeply felt. I’ve had three and each one of them was a sucker punch even though they came interspersed between the three kids i now have. It didn’t matter that they were early ish on or that I had a kid or kids already it was the loss of the potential child that I felt so badly. People can say some crass and thoughtless things at times like this but usually it’s only cos they don’t understand. There will be plenty of others who get it though. Hope you have many more like that. x

  6. alison cross says:

    I don’t really know what to say; words feel a bit useless in the face of your loss. I am so very, very sorry to read about your miscarriage. You poor sweetheart. Sending you and Mark much love.

    Ali xxxx

  7. PaisleyJade says:

    So sad and sorry to hear Jodie. 😦 All my love xoxo

  8. redfox says:

    I am so sorry, and I am glad you wrote about it. It can seem, in the abstract, before it happens, as if it could be OK, but of course of course of COURSE, no, it is just terribly sad. I wish this terribly sad thing had not happened to you. Take care of yourselves and each other.

  9. Ban says:

    Sending our loving thoughts your way, we know your pain, from the moment you know you’re pregnant the planning, dreaming, wondering begins, losing a baby is terribly sad at any stage. Love you always xx

  10. Georgie Henderson says:

    Oh Jodi. I’m so sorry and crying for you now. At school. I’m so so sad and sorry for you guys. Love you very much and see you in January sometime. Glad you were with good friends.

  11. Lisa says:

    Jodie, Like you I never understood the pain of miscarriage until I had one. I was 7 weeks along in my pregnancy and it quite bewildered me just how sad I was to lose my baby. Two years and a child later I still feel sad for our baby that I never got to meet. So my dear, I send you all the biggest hugs in the world and I pray for peace to cover you while you grieve this little life. xxx

  12. Clare Spicer says:

    I’m so, so sorry to read this, Jodi. My heart is breaking for you. It is a dreadful, horrible, sad loss. Sending you healing thoughts xo

  13. Vivianne says:

    I am so sorry: my heart aches for you xxx

  14. Amy says:

    Can’t stop thinking about this post and you. I’m so sorry xx

  15. I’m so sorry for you and your family. We’ve been through it twice and you never forget. Doubly sorry for it happening in a strange country without your family’s support. It’s lucky you had some good friends close at hand. Sorry. *hug*

  16. Gem says:

    Oh no…..I wasn’t expecting this. I was expecting that something humorously bad had happened to you.
    I am so sorry…must have been awful. To be so far away from everything you need. Oh dear.
    I lost a baby at 12 weeks. It was dreadful. Five years on I still think about it. I watched the nurse wrap my baby up in tissue and shove it in the bin for incineration…
    It took for me to have our second child (a Noah, like yours…..remember I met you in the communal garden with Kerry recently) to fully heal.
    Thinking of you muchly. A mother grieves for her baby whether is was a week old or fifty years old.
    Tomorrow is the awful first anniversary that my friend lost her baby. Still born at 6 months. She’d previously had three beautiful girls.
    I hope you are ok. Sharing is part of the healing.
    Gem x x

  17. Fedora Four says:

    Oh Jodi, all my love to you and Mark.

  18. So sorry to hear this Jodi. So sorry. Much love and sympathy to you and Mark. x

  19. That’s so sad. And how awful for you to have to go through it while away from home too. x

  20. Oh, you poor, poor girl. What a dreadful, horriying thing to happen – and so far away from home and comfort. I’m so very, very sorry indeed.

  21. Sarah Clayton says:

    So sorry Jodi and Mark. Very very sad. Thinking of you and sending lots of love. Sarah xx

  22. Sonya says:

    I am so, so sorry. I think it is very brave of you to talk about your loss..

    Thinking of you and your family.

  23. theharridan says:

    Enormous thanks for the comments left here. They have made me feel validated, and less lonely and less sad. Xx

    • Audrey says:

      Jodi, so sad to see this post. I has tears in my eyes as I read it. Thank you for talking about it. In such a beautiful way. A hug to you. Audrey x

  24. alison cross says:

    Been thinking about you a lot since you posted it and was wondering how you were. (((hug)))

    Ali x

  25. theharridan says:

    Thanks Ali. I am fine, really, after feeling fragile and sad and a bit cranky. I gave myself permission to be a bit of a mopey pain in the ass, but now I am feeling pretty much back to normal. Thanks so much for the thoughts! Xx

  26. Merann Bartle says:

    I cried so much when I read this post that I thought my false eyelashes were going to float off. What a horrid, horrid thing to happen and in such an awful way. I hate that this can happen to ANYONE but to my beautiful sister in law…….#$%$$$#@!!! I am sooooo sorry! huge hugs to you and Mark and eternal gratitide to your friends who are physically with you and able to give you emotional support in this horrid, dark time.

  27. Gowri says:

    My dear jodi, i am so so very sorry for the both of you. it is very sad. i have had 4 of them, i know how you must feel. lots of hugs and my love to you my dear.please take care of yourself.

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