‘It was the loneliest and darkest place’ says mum who suffered three tragic losses
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Suffolk mum Natasha Gosling is undertaking an epic 1,000km challenge as she backs Baby Loss Awareness Week.
The 30-year-old from Sudbury is running, walking and cycling in aid of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust (EPT), which helped her cope with three tragic losses.
“I have got so much from the charity, I wanted to give something back,” the mum said.
“At the time it was the loneliest and darkest I’ve ever felt, and so heartbroken. They are such an amazing support and gave great advice, and I am forever thankful for them.”
When she saw via social media that the trust was launching a 1,000km fundraising challenge, she signed up, and is now running daily. “I’m not really a runner - but that is what makes it a challenge,” she said.
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Mrs Gosling decided to speak out about what she has undergone to support Baby Loss Awareness Week, which this year runs until October 15.
She gave birth to son Harrison, now six, in 2014, but two years later she suffered her first ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilised egg gets stuck in a fallopian tube.
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She lost one of her tubes as a result, and later suffered a miscarriage, followed by a second ectopic pregnancy.
Thankfully, her second fallopian tube was saved, and she later went on to give birth to Jasper, who will be two in December.
MORE: Display pink in your windows for Baby Loss Awareness WeekMrs Gosling said: “I had operation after operation, numerous blood tests, countless scans, hospital appointments, racing to A&E and fear of infertility. Rupturing tubes and blood loss and painful waiting for results are just snippets of what me and my husband, Neil, went through.
“I feel like it’s important to raise awareness. When I have talked to people about what I’ve been through, so many say their sister or friend has experienced it too.”
As well as support from family and friends, she said being part of a community through the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust had helped her to cope.
Mrs Gosling has also signed up to volunteer with the trust, so she can help others.