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Miscarriage

Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before 24 weeks. Miscarriages are very common; they are also very traumatic. From the moment a woman takes a pregnancy test and sees the two parallel lines, hopes and dreams for her future baby are born. When the pregnancy is suddenly over, there is often a grief reaction. Sometimes this grief reaction can be severe and lead to more complex problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and have implications and feelings well into subsequent pregnancies. Though many women experience miscarriage, there is often little outside support around this loss. You may regret having told people and feel tense having to answer questions. You may not have told anyone and feel alone in the loss. You may feel guilty and think that you were in some way to blame—despite what your medical professionals explained to you about the unpredictable nature of these losses. As time passes, for some, the pain becomes lessened, but for others can linger. Research done by the PIEPE—Psychological Impact of Early Pregnancy Events looked at how common, and severe different conditions were after loss. One hundred ninety-two women and their male partners were followed for 9 months after the miscarriage and found that 1 in 3 women had symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and or depression at 3 months, and that number was 1 in 5 at 10 months. Not all will experience profound effects of miscarriage, but if you are, please reach out to one of our sensitive and experienced professionals today. While nothing can make up for the loss you have endured, we are here to help.