Miscarriage can be an overwhelming experience. If your last pregnancy resulted in a loss, you might find yourself apprehensive about a future or current pregnancy. Unfortunately, miscarriages are a common occurrence. The most common is an early miscarriage, which may cause anxiety until you’ve reached the moment when things went wrong during your last pregnancy. If you lost a baby later in gestation, you may feel uneasy or never fully relaxed during the duration of this pregnancy.
This reaction is only natural, and it’s common to be apprehensive about having another pregnancy.
Coping Mechanisms for Pregnancy After Miscarriage
If you have miscarried previously, your priority is to find extra support from friends, family, and your doctor during the next pregnancy. Your partner might also need support as well. Some of the best sources of support can be found in:
- Your Partner – It’s vital for you and your partner to talk about how you’re feeling about the past miscarriage and the current pregnancy. Communication is essential to understand each other’s path, encouraging a stronger relationship instead of pulling apart during a difficult time.
- Your Doctor, Nurse, or Midwife – Although some women after miscarriage may elect less medical intervention; you may require higher attention from your doctor. For example, the doctor (or you) may request more check-ups for this pregnancy.
- Private Classes – After you have miscarried, you may feel out of place at traditional childbirth classes. If you choose a group class, inform your instructor about your experience. Your instructor may be able to help you find other couples who’ve had a similar experience. Statistics show that one in every five pregnancies end in miscarriage, so you are not alone in this journey.
- The Internet – Although the Internet shouldn’t be your go-to for medical information, there are various miscarriage support groups, such as chats, message boards, and emails that may restore the confidence necessary for your current pregnancy.
- Formal counseling – Many women find formal counseling by a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other mental health professional to be helpful during the pregnancy after a pregnancy loss.
Carnegie Imaging for Women blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!