Twitter user @no_goblins shared a recent experience when a cashier honestly told her about their day in a post Received over 16,000 comments.
“Ask the girl about her day ringing my clothes and she said she was struggling because she had just had a miscarriage and they put her to work in the baby section,” she wrote.
The answer thread soon exploded with responses from people with similar experiences.
One user replied, “I had a miscarriage and on my first day after a week off, they asked me to work on Mother’s Day.” “I was crying for 8 hours playing lattes because people kept on wishing me” Happy Mother’s Day if you’re a mom!
Another described how she had to cancel a statement scheduled for later that afternoon after losing her baby at 7 months pregnant. The lawyer on the second line said, “It’s not my problem that you’re a human coffin.”
“I still have nightmares,” she wrote
Another person shared how the feelings of losing a pregnancy can last.
“I had a miscarriage years ago, but it took me months to see a pregnant woman and keep from breaking up. People go through so little support that they have any power over them.”
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, which helps to raise awareness of cases in which a parent, or expectant parent, loses a baby.
According to the March of Dimes, a miscarriage occurs when a fetus dies in the uterus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Among those who know they are pregnant, about 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although most miscarriages occur in the first trimester, second-trimester miscarriages occur in 1 percent to 5 percent of pregnancies.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnancy loss after 20 weeks is considered a stillbirth.
The Twitter thread was filled with people sharing their stories of not only pregnancy loss, but loss in general and the difficulty of handling grief while coming to work.
One person wrote, “The time you need is inhumane.” “As a young teacher I had to teach a unit on cancer when my father was/was dying of cancer and it was really difficult to function in the first place and even worse I had to talk about cancer all day. Had to do it.”
The post also made its way reddit, where people responded with similar sentiments.
“This legitimately made me cry,” wrote one person.