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How one mom got through losing her first pregnancy

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 Carolina Garzon and her baby, Emma. (Alex Stern/WHYY)

Carolina Garzon and her baby, Emma. (Alex Stern/WHYY)

One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.

Today Carolina Garzon is mom to smiling five-month-old Emma, but her first try at motherhood ended in a miscarriage, a common experience.

One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.

Garzon, who lives in Media, Pennsylvania, decided she wanted to be a mom when she was 29 and first got pregnant in early 2015. She was experiencing morning sickness and mood swings, and an at-home pregnancy test was positive.

“The second you see that positive sign, if you’re trying to get pregnant — The second that line appears, you’re a mom. You just have a baby,” she explains.

But doctors had trouble finding a heartbeat during three separate ultrasounds, and eventually they determined there was no embryo forming in Garzon’s uterus.

She had miscarried.

Mourning and without a baby to bury, Garzon and her husband planted a wildflower garden to memorialize that first pregnancy.

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