Prioritising your mental and emotional wellbeing after miscarriage is vital.
Written by bereavement counsellor Terry Diamond.
Emotional Wellbeing after miscarriage brochure excerpt
“Miscarrying a pregnancy brings with it a host of emotions. The grief reaction will vary for individual women and is often impacted by things like how long it took to fall pregnant, whether it was an IVF pregnancy, whether maternal age is a stressor, if it is a second, third or fourth miscarriage or even if it was your first attempt to begin a family. There is no one set of emotions or expected reaction to the experience of miscarriage. Everyone’s situations are different and often because people around you don’t even know you are pregnant, it is hard to talk about the loss and to ask for or receive support.
This is one of the factors that disenfranchises the grief that surrounds miscarriage. As such it is often not until you start to talk to people that you will realise how common it is, with most women having had or closely knowing someone who has had a miscarriage.
Sharing your experience and talking about your loss can be very helpful and can assist you to process some of the emotions that you are experiencing.