Lela Rochon: “Listen To Your Body”

…at work. It was 4:00 p.m. I had to deliver a little boy, but he was too young to survive. It never occurred to me that something so terrible would happen to me. I was healthy physically. I was athletic. But I was working too much and I was stressed. A week before I lost the baby, I was at the Golden Globes smiling and grinning on the red carpet. I didn’t realize how stressed I was.

The point is that losing a child changes everything you feel and do from there. After that, the next pregnancy was pins and needles for me and everyone around me. Anytime relatives recieved a late night phone call, they worried I had bad news…Probably the biggest problem was me. You always feel that it is your fault when something happens.
The most important thing women should realize is that you must listen to your body.”


“As black women, it’s not always easy for us to say,’No,’ or ‘I can’t.’ But if I could give up the so-called success – the TV shows, the movies or whatever – to have that baby back, I would do so in a second.”

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“I know everybody’s situation is different, but I also think you never truly get over that kind of loss and you never trust your body again until you see a healthy child come. When my daughter came and she was healthy and happy, it made everything okay.”

Rochon’s next pregnancy was not without incident. She had to stay on bed rest which was hard, but she gladly made the sacrifice.

She now has two healthy children.

Celebrities aren’t immune to the 16% of those who lose children as is evidenced by Rochon’s story; any one can be affected.
Coping with a loss of this magnitude is unimaginable, but this week we will share more stories of various ways pregnancy can end in loss and the strong mothers’ stories of how they are now healing.

For more information on SIDS and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness visit Women’s Health.gov.

This story originally appeared in The Mocha Manual.


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