Pregnancy Anxiety: How To Deal With The Emotional Struggles After A Miscarriage
Miscarriage is considered as the most common type pregnancy loss. As a matter of fact, 10 to 25 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies typically end in miscarriage. Even though miscarriage is generally known, talking about it is often rare and hard.
Pregnancy is often an exciting time for all moms-to-be. However, it can also be a time for fears, stress, worries and anxiety, especially for those who have already experienced miscarriages.
The Emotional Ride After A Miscarriage
Based on the latest research, at least one in five pregnant women have admitted to be experiencing sleepless nights due to "extreme concerns" for their unborn child. According to Lucy Howard of Metro, the research spoke the truth as she has experienced fear, stress and anxiety while pregnant to her baby boy.
Howard, who had experienced four miscarriages, detailed in her Metro article how fear and anxiety plagued her since the moment she knew she was pregnant. While pregnancy can be pretty amazing, the excitement that goes with it is often ruined with heightened emotions of worry and fears.
These experiences are all true if you had gone through the nightmarish curse of a miscarriage, where many women experience an unfathomable journey of feeling lost, isolated, lonely and depressed. But talking about it is equally as hard and challenging as well.
Why Talking About Miscarriage Can Be So Hard
Experts often say that the physical recovery after a miscarriage can be a piece of cake with proper diet and rest. But the emotional recovery following a miscarriage is a different story. That's why, it's not really surprising if women are having a hard time opening up about miscarriage.
According to "What I Gained From Having a Miscarriage" author Angela Garbes, miscarriage is a "highly problematic" word that navigates women towards feeling "ashamed and guilty." For Garbes, "pregnancy loss" is a much better term that makes the most sense to her.
The greatest challenge, however, is talking about miscarriage and the emotions that go with the tragic experience. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is the fact that miscarriage or motherhood is often spoken about "clinically" and not as a journey or an experience.
Dealing With The Emotional Struggles After A Miscarriage
Fortunately, medical experts are now improving in dealing with women who had experienced miscarriage or pregnancy loss. They are now opening their doors for a much deeper conversation.
"I believe now we are much more aware as a society, and that includes medical care," Seattle University College of Nursing dean Dr. Kristen Swanson said, as per KUOW.org. "We're starting to get more and more research done on how do you prepare people for what lies ahead now that you have miscarried."
Swanson also stressed the importance of caring and empathy toward women who had gone through pregnancy loss. To help them deal with their emotional struggles, Swanson said it's best to listen and express that you're ready for a deeper conversation.
Miscarriage Mysteries Solved?
Meanwhile, a team of embryologists are reportedly studying the early stages of pregnancy to determine the underlying causes of a miscarriage. In an article published in Horizon, Dr. Kazu Tomita of University College London, U.K. found that the division of mutant yeast cells could explain the miscarriages in humans.
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