The joy of finding out you are pregnant is one of the greatest joys in life. Unfortunately, many women also experience the sorrow of having a miscarriage.
A miscarriage can have severe and lasting effects on a woman’s mental health. It can even be deadly, according to medical experts. There is massive grief for losing an unborn child and the mother’s physical and mental well-being.
The other side effect can be fertility issues. Now you may be faced with the fear of never being able to get pregnant again. You could also end up with an infection that was very common before Roe v Wade and since its recent repeal could become a major problem again.
If a woman doesn’t realize that she has had a miscarriage and not all of the fetus is out of her womb, she could risk infection or even death.
Having a miscarriage can have an enormous emotional impact on you and those around you. Many people who experience a miscarriage go through a bereavement period. There may be feelings of shock, anger, sadness, or even a sense of guilt.
It is a different experience for every person who goes through it. Everyone grieves in a different way. Many people who have experienced a miscarriage feel tired, have difficulty sleeping, and have a lose of appetite. Some people come to terms with the miscarriage after a few weeks and move onto planning for their next pregnancy, while others find the thought of planning another pregnancy too traumatic.
If you are in a relationship, your partner may also be affected by the loss. Be sure to be open and honest with each other about how you are feeling. If you sweep one partner’s feelings under the rug it can lead to resentment and relationship problems.
Always remember that getting help after going through something traumatic like a miscarriage is not a sign of weakness. If you or your partner are having trouble coping with grief, seek out further treatment and counseling. There are many support groups that can help you find counseling. Ask your GP for support and advice or check out Postpartum Support International.
After a miscarriage it is adviced to avoid having sex until all of your miscarriage symptoms have gone. Within 4 to 8 weeks your period should return, though it may take longer to become regular once again.
If you wish to get pregnant again, be sure to discuss this with your GP, and partner to ensure you are both physically, mentally, and emotionally well before trying for another pregnancy. Make sure to use contraception if you are still not ready to try again.
It is completely normal to want to know why you had a miscarriage, but it is not always possible to figure it out. Which can be frustrating, but a good support system can help you through that trying time.
Overall, most miscarriages are a one-off event that are usually followed by a healthy pregnancy. And while it’s not usually possible to prevent a miscarriage form happening, there are a few ways to reduce the risk.
A Ray of Hope
After multiple miscarriages, you can being to lose hope that you will have the family that you have always dreamed of, but there is a ray of hope – Surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is a great way for people who are unable to carry a baby to have the family that they have always dreamed of.