LEEDS WOMAN Jennifer Horner was heartbroken when she lost her first baby just weeks before her due date.
Jennifer, from Pudsey, lost son Joshua at 34 weeks gestation eight years ago due to a condition called Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is one of the main causes of children being born with permanent disabilities.
But now with a new arrival on the way, she is using her baby bump to help raise awareness of the condition.
To raise awareness and funds for the charity CMV Action UK, Jennifer, 25, and her friends have bared their baby bumps in a calendar in a bid to raise £1,000.
Jennifer, whose second baby is due in March, said: “This charity is close to me as I lost my son Joshua at 34 weeks gestation to primary CMV.
“My son was stillborn and had he survived he would have been severely disabled due to CMV.
“I’m very proud that a few of my pregnant friends are ‘bumping’ together to create a calendar.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and organisation but I am proud to say that we have done it.
“Each month will consist of a bump with a design painted on that’s specific to that month.”
Speaking about her son Joshua’s condition, she said: “CMV is a common birth disorder which affects around 1 in 150 newborn babies.
“Although it is a leading cause of lifelong disabilities, very few pregnant women are aware of the risk it poses.
“The charity offers advice, support and friendship to anyone affected by Congenital CMV, advocating for families and working with a number of medical professionals who have an interest in this field.”
There are just 100 charity calendars available, which are priced at £10 each.
To support Jennifer and donate to CMV Action UK, visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BumpCalendar
To buy a calendar, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more about the charity, go to: www.cmvaction.org.uk