Early pregnancy loss (miscarriage) is an emotional and sometimes traumatic event. A miscarriage has physical and sometimes relationship consequences, in addition to the enormous sadness associated with the loss of your infant.
While nothing can make the pain go away, there are steps you can take now and, in the future, to help you heal and recover.
When an embryo or fetus dies before the 20th week of pregnancy, it is called a miscarriage. Miscarriage is more common early in pregnancy, with 8 out of 10 miscarriages occurring in the first three months.
This type of pregnancy loss happens to a lot of people. In reality, 10-20% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage. Despite the fact that miscarriage is common, it can be emotionally draining. Grief and mourning are natural reactions to the loss of a pregnancy.
Causes of Miscarriage:
It’s impossible to pinpoint the precise cause of a miscarriage, but it’s almost never due to the pregnant woman’s actions. Miscarriage is not caused by regular activities such as sex, exercising, working, or taking medications. Minor injuries, like falling, don’t generally cause a miscarriage either.
Miscarriages are believed to be caused by a number of causes, including:
- When the number of chromosomes in the fertilized egg is abnormally high (genes). You can’t stop it or make it happen because it happens at random.
- Miscarriage risk may be increased by certain diseases, such as extreme diabetes.
- Miscarriage may be caused by a severe infection or a major injury.
- Abnormalities in the uterus can be the cause of late miscarriages (after 3 months).
- You’re more likely to have a miscarriage if you’ve had two or more miscarriages in a row.
Different types of Miscarriage:
There are several types of miscarriages:
- Threatened miscarriage — You have vaginal bleeding and may have mild cramps, but your cervix stays closed. The bleeding stops half of the time, and the pregnancy begins normally. The other half of threatened miscarriages turn into unavoidable miscarriages, resulting in the failure of the baby.
- Inevitable miscarriage — You have increasing bleeding, and your cervix opens. Your pregnancy would not be able to proceed if this occurs.
- Incomplete miscarriage — Some of the pregnancy tissue leaves the uterus while the rest remains within. It’s likely that you’ll need further care to get rid of any residual tissue.
- Complete miscarriage — All the pregnancy tissue comes out of your uterus. In most cases, no additional care is needed.
- Missed miscarriage — You have no cramps or bleeding. Ultrasound, on the other hand, can reveal an embryo without a heartbeat or an empty pregnancy sac with no embryo. The tissue can usually move on its own, however you may need treatment.
How to cope with Miscarriage:
Short term Steps:
- Enable yourself to feel what you’re feeling
- Rely on friends and family members for assistance
- Look for a support group.
- Seek spiritual support.
- Consult a therapist.
Long term steps:
Your mental health and general emotional well-being play a big role in long-term healing after a miscarriage. Although your body may recover from the physical symptoms of miscarriage, it will seem that you may never be able to cope with the loss of your infant.
It’s important to allow yourself enough time to grieve, but it’s also vital to know when — and how — to move forward. This transition occurs often during the self-care phase, which provides time for the body and mind to regenerate and be nurtured.
Moving on does not imply that you have forgotten about your pregnancy. Just as you might reach out to others initially after miscarriage, staying active in support groups can have a lasting impact.
Kritika is a freelance content writer with Femsay.com