It is common for some who have gone through an abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth to experience thoughts and emotions that are difficult to process. These uneasy feelings can come on immediately or suddenly hit you weeks or even years after the event.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 women are affected by miscarriage. Women may experience a roller coaster of emotions such as numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Even if the pregnancy ended very early, the sense of bonding between a mother and her baby can be strong. These symptoms include fatigue, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, and frequent episodes of crying. The hormonal changes that occur after miscarriage may intensify these symptoms.
Unfortunately, miscarriage can affect anyone. Women are often left with unanswered questions regarding their physical recovery, their emotional recovery and trying to conceive again. It is very important that women try to keep the lines of communication open with family, friends, and health care providers during this time.
Obria Medical Clinics is working with an online healing pathways program called Life Perspectives — Healing from Personal Loss, Miscarriage Hurts. It is a confidential space that serves as a refuge for those who wish to begin the process of healing. The process includes building support, exploring emotions, and identifying loss. This pathway is a starting point for refection and healing regarding the personal impact of pregnancy loss. Each person processes differently. We encourage you to explore this site.
If you find yourself overwhelmed or in need of local support find a counselor in your area or contact us at one of our locations to assist you.
Obria.org is not a professional counseling site, nor is it meant to take the place of professional counseling. Sometimes a reproductive loss experience can create intense emotions that you may not feel equipped to deal with on your own. Please use the Find Help locator to access national and local support resources. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (tel:1-800-273-8255) if you’re thinking about or planning to hurt yourself.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. We remember. We grieve with you.