Tommy’s blog, 19/05/2017
The cruelty of infertility affects families all over the world and from all walks of life. Trish Stratus’ pregnancy cover shoot for Muscle Memory Magazine is a beautiful and bold reminder of this.
Trish is a retired wrestler who spent a lot of time in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring.
She won five championships, sustained a number of injuries (including a bone chip in her ankle!) and was quoted as saying;
‘As far as wrestling goes, as long as my body is able to withstand the physical beating, I will keep wrestling.’
More recently, however, Trish has shown her softer side as she opens up about her journey to having rainbow baby Madi.
In a cover shoot for Muscle Memory Magazine, Trish opened up about her previous struggles with fertility and miscarriage.
‘This cover represents my triumph over my struggle with infertility. After suffering a miscarriage getting a dismal diagnosis about my chances to conceive I embarked on a journey to take control of my fertility.’
While she says knows that not all stories get the same happy ending, Trish has said that she hopes by sharing her story she has helped other couples feel less alone.
‘When I got the call from the publisher of Muscle Memory Mag at 8.5 months pregnant that he wanted to celebrate my pregnant body, I knew I had to do it! I'm so thankful to them for the platform which has now allowed me to open a dialogue about my infertility. As I'm finding, we were not alone in this struggle and it was comforting as I began to speak about it, to discover so many similar stories.’
We think it’s great that Trish has opened up like this and reminded society that not everyone gets an easy road to motherhood.
We love her cover shoot and think Trish’s baby body is just beautiful.
‘To capture this just weeks before delivering means everything. I think the cover shows strength, femininity, and empowerment. I felt at my most beautiful that day and I wanted the photos to shout out to all the mamas-to-be to be belly proud and to be a reminder of the miracle of the woman's body and that it should be honoured and trusted. Everything happens in the right timing - all must be in balance. Keep trying, keep hoping, and keep visualizing with the intent to manifest. As Cinderella's Fairy Godmother said "even miracles take a little time".’
Congratulations Trish, enjoy these early days with your beautiful baby girl!
If, like Trish, you have or are suffering the heartbreak of miscarriage and need a little extra support you can take a look at our miscarriage support pages. Our midwives are also trained in bereavement support and on hand for a chat at our free phone line 0800 0147 800 from 9 – 5, Monday – Friday.
It can be comforting to read stories like Trish’s and see that you are not alone in your struggles. To read more stories like this, you can head over to our online Book of #misCOURAGE.
If you are yet to have your rainbow and want to know what is being done to help women in your position, Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research is studying miscarriage to find the answers and solutions. You can take a look at the list of miscarriage research projects being run here.
They were my babies, too. But it’s not as acceptable to say this if you already have a child, or they were “ only” early losses.
Fast forward a few months of heartache and a roller coaster of emotions, I finally tell myself I'm ready to try again.
The next day they confirmed there was no heart beat and I had to deliver him.
I put him in my arms, I couldn't believe he went.