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Miscarriage can be quite heart breaking and depressing. A woman who experiences it feels shattered and also tends to be anxious about getting pregnant again. Medically, miscarriage refers to a pregnancy ending before its 12th week. It is actually a discouraging experience for a couple.
Many women find it hard to cope with the big loss and often turn apprehensive in planning another pregnancy. Miscarriage has a great impact on a woman's state of mind and her behavior. Here let us understand how miscarriage impacts a woman.
There is always a strong emotional reaction to loss of an early pregnancy. There is a stronger link between the mother and the fetus as compared to that of the father and the fetus. Mother feels the greatest intensity of loss during the grieving process. She undergoes an emotional outburst and finds it hard to cope with the loss. She isolates herself from everyone around and lives under a guilt. She may no longer be jovial or cheerful. Her behavior too can experience tremendous changes.
The most common psychiatric effects of miscarriage in cases where the process of grief does not progress to the esteemed resolution include anxiety coupled with depression. This can go up to 10-15% of depression. Under such situations, this rate can be even 22-55% within a period of about 12 months before it can go back to the baseline rate in a general society. The first 12 weeks happen to be the highest risk time for the said depression after the miscarriage. There are also some risk factors that can be associated with development of clinical depression.
Sometimes the emotional reactions of a woman who have had miscarriage may result to be normal grief or even go to full depression. Normal grieves leads to failure feelings, disbelief and search for loss or means. Major depression includes persistent suicidal thoughts, early morning awakening and a strong worthlessness feeling. If the situation persists then the woman needs medical attention. This may also be required if she indicates such behaviors as prolonged terminal insomnia like falling asleep but awakening with a lot of abnormal fear or anxiety before dawn. Others are functioning difficulties in daily routines such as bathing, eating and taking general care of the house. It is quite a process to recover both physically and emotionally from miscarriage.
Getting in terms with reality
Though it's a great loss but the woman has to come in terms with reality. Accomplishing several tasks that work through the process of grieving in a psychologically constructive approach would be convenient in helping the affected victims to heal. However, such process might take a considerable period of time. Accepting the fact that you have lost the pregnancy would really help. In case the miscarriage happens prior to the family and friends knowledge, then it would be good to let them know. This would assist in some commemorative approaches.
Miscarriage is indeed a great loss but that doesn't mean one has to hold on to it for the rest of the life. It's a medical condition and can occur due to several reasons. Lift up your hopes, speak to your doctor and understand what all precautionary measures you can take for future so that it's not repeated. If you want to experience motherhood, you will have to let go of this bitter experience and plan things afresh!