A miscarriage, or other form of pregnancy loss, is a devastating and difficult process. It is important to surround yourself with your family and loved ones, and take steps to take care of yourself in a healthy manner emotionally, mentally and physically. Even though it may feel like you will never be the same again, healing will come with time.
It is important that a proper grieving takes place, as grieving is a natural process that sets the mind on the path to acceptance and recovery. You may experience a roller coaster of differing emotions during this period, and it will be important to learn how to cope with them. The steps of grieving are:
Sometimes, one or more of the emotions may be more acute and painful to experience than others. For some people, certain steps of grieving may be completely skipped, while for others, many stages may come back to revisit.
It is normal to experience symptoms of emotional stress during recovery time, but if symptoms worsen or become self-detrimental, be sure to seek outside help. At this crucial time, be sure to properly take care of yourself
Women tend to internalize feelings more than men, but do not be afraid, embarrassed or ashamed of what happened. Feel free to express your emotions and talk about your experience with other friends and loved ones. For all you know, you may surprisingly find another close friend who also went through this recovery process and can share her experiences. There are also many support groups that can help. Just by simply talking about the issue can greatly lift a burden off your shoulders.
Often times, the way your partner or husband grieves may be different. After all, they did not experience any physical changes like you did. Be patient and supportive, and acknowledge and accept the difference in grieving. The grieving process may be different for each person, but time is needed by all to overcome the ordeal. Share your feelings, concerns and any other emotions you might be holding in with your partner. Communication is important to prevent becoming distant from one another.
It is up to you to decide when you are ready to move on, and whether or not you want to try to get pregnant again. Other people may not understand the traumas of a miscarriage, so take time off from work or school, if needed. If you feel you’re not ready to deal with baby or pregnancy related issues and events, such as a friend’s baby shower or even holiday gatherings, do not force yourself to go. Take it one day at a time, at your own pac
For some women, it may be healing to memorialize the loss, such as lighting a candle, planting a tree, or planning a service. Such memorials may help initiate the grieving process and pave the road to healing.
If you feel ready to face the issue or try for a baby once more, it would be advisable to seek a fertility doctor who can answer all the questions and run appropriate tests to determine the cause for the pregnancy loss. Then, he or she can help you and your partner and take the necessary preventable steps to avoid further complications. If the pregnancy loss is a result of other medical conditions, for example, it may be easily prevented for the future. Fortunately, many cases of miscarriage are only a one-time deal, and many women who’ve experienced pregnancy loss were still able to carry healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies.