For those who have been following Jamie Otis and her husband Doug Hehner‘s story since their time on Married At First Sight, you know their journey towards trying to start a family has been difficult.
Prior to the birth of their daughter, Henley Grace — who was born in 2017 — the couple endured their first miscarriage of a baby boy, who they named Jonathan.
A little over a year after losing Jonathan, Jamie and Doug welcomed their rainbow baby Henley Grace into the world. Then, while trying to have a second child, Doug and Jamie endured even more loss.
She wrote at the time that their “baby formed, and there was an amniotic sac, but while the amniotic sac continued to grow, the baby stopped at some point.”
“We had three options. 1) Wait for my body to miscarry our baby naturally. 2) Go to the hospital and have a D&C. 3) Take medication to help my body miscarry quicker. I really don’t want to have to go to the OR and have a D&C for obvious reasons. I’d love for my body to just naturally take the proper course, but since we don’t know how long that would take and since there’s a small risk for infection I opted to take the medicine and hope and pray it works so I don’t have to have a D&C.”
Then, months later, in September 2019, Jamie and Doug revealed they were pregnant again. Now they are 17 weeks along and anxiously awaiting the arrival of their second rainbow baby.
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However, after giving an update on Instagram, the soon-to-be mom of two shared some scary news she got as well.
Otis began, “I have a rainbow baby in my arms & a rainbow baby in my belly. I’ve never felt more BLESSED! And the way Gracie girl is hugging her baby brother in the last two pics…” She then continued:
“In other news, I went to the doc and heard my pap was bad, and I have HPV. Although it sounds like an STD and I should freak “the eff” out, I know this is somewhat common and not to be overly worried about. I was scheduled to have a colposcopy just to take a better look at the skin cells in my vagina. Also, not really a big deal as long as the doc doesn’t see dysplasia, if she does, then it could be a sign of early cancer.”
As Otis continued, after getting the results of the colposcopy, she was told that the doctor did find dysplasia. Still, because she’s pregnant, they won’t be able to scrap her cervix until after her unborn baby arrives.
“My head’s been all over the place. Thoughts go from, ‘I’m sure I’m fine. I had this with Gracie too.’ But then I can’t help but wonder, ‘What if?!'”
The mom admitted that she’s doing her best to stay positive and thankful for her health but added that she couldn’t “help but think about all the women who are pregnant and find out super scary news,” leading them to have to make “tough decisions” between their health and their baby’s health.
“My heart goes out to those mamas. If you’re one of them, I’m sending you SO MUCH LOVE.” Hundred of Jamie’s followers have since reached out to her in the comments, wishing her well throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and encouraging her not to worry, praising the mom for how strong she has been.
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