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I am not okay – Content creator Julie Kariuki on losing child 3 years ago

Digital content creator Julie Kariuki has, in an Instagram post, shared her grievance in remembrance of the loss of her daughter three years ago.

In 2020, Ms Kariuki experienced a loss that no parent should ever have to endure, which ultimately left her shattered.

Ms Kariuki, who is widely known for her vibrant and uplifting presence on social media, took to her Instagram stories to share a heart-wrenching message with her followers, saying, “I am not okay. Pray for me and all the moms who have gone through this unfair path.”

Digital content creator Julie Kariuki. PHOTO| COURTESY

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Kariuki’s Instagram post was a turning point in her public presence. She opened up about her personal pain, allowing her audience to see a side of her that few knew existed.

This vulnerability was met with an outpouring of support and empathy from her followers and many others who had walked a similar path of loss.

In the wake of her tragic experience, Julie Kariuki embarked on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

She found solace in sharing her grief, speaking openly about her experiences, and connecting with other bereaved mothers who understood the depth of her sorrow.

Three years later, Julie Kariuki is an advocate for maternal health and emotional well-being, shedding light on a subject that often remains in the shadows.

She continues to use her platform to offer support, comfort, and guidance to those who have faced similar challenges.

Her journey from vulnerability to resilience is a testament to the power of community, compassion, and the strength that can be found in shared grief.

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In 2022, the content creator opened up about the matter yet again, and how the experience left her feeling so much shame.

In an interview with YouTuber Kitt Kiarie, Ms Kariuki said she disappeared from social media for like a year.

“I was like I will not let people see me in this kind of state. I felt a lot of shame. It was not even mourning, it was a shame. I was like people are laughing at me in their homes, I deactivated my social media accounts for a whole year,” she said.

According to her, she also had to change her life completely, which included swapping houses because she did not know what to tell people who had seen her pregnant.

“I had to move away from everything, I moved from my salon, and neighborhood, I changed my environment 360. I changed everything, anyone who saw me pregnant had never seen me again,” she said.

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She said society and close friends and family judge women who’ve lost babies based on other things.

“You’ll hear things like it’s because you did a baby shower, it’s because you showed off your baby bump, someone even told me I showed off my baby bump like I should not have done a baby shower, I felt so much shame,” she said.

Ms Kariuki also shared that while she may have conceived quickly after losing her baby, she suffered a couple of miscarriages and underwent a period that was marked by infertility before getting her baby.