The radiant Valerie Ramirez with her son Cristian (6) and daughter Isadora (2). Valerie is also mom to two step daughter Yetsira (14) and Mia (11) and has lost two children to miscarriage, Xavier Alexander and Carina Elle. Valerie came to into her step-daughters lives when they were just toddlers so she was able to try her hand at motherhood quite a bit before having children of her own. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage before she'd even come to know she was expecting. Her body was able to resolve the pregnancy and she and her husband named their lost baby. Her second pregnancy with Cristian went well and she delivered him without complication a week early. Her third pregnancy was the most difficult after seeing a heart beat early on and then nothing just a couple weeks later. Her body wasn't recognizing the miscarriage so she had to have a D&C and it took a couple of months after that before her hormone levels dropped and she no longer felt pregnant. Valerie said that it was with this pregnancy more than ever that it hit her that not all pregnancies result in a baby. She'd just always believed that once you see the heart beating things go okay. It was particularly upsetting for her to continue to feel pregnant and experience the hormonal shifts and physical changes that come with pregnancy without her baby alive. Valerie was able to conceive Isadora soon after her second loss and had a relatively easy pregnancy. In her postpartum period, Valerie was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and thyroid issues which caused her fatigue and weight retention amongst other things that were problematic to her recovery and adjustment to life as a mother of four. Valerie has since started medication and after some effort with her doctors, found the right combination to allow her to feel better than she has in a very long time. Valerie wants to raise awareness and encourage all women to keep up with their own health and regular physical's because what can often seem the bi-product of a busy life can actually be a treatable illness.