In the aftermath of a miscarriage, you may encounter emotions you have never felt before and are not sure how to handle. There’s a long healing process ahead of you, and it is your right to take all the time you need going through every step and comprehending it all. Well-meaning people may try to scientifically explain what went wrong or what to do next, but what we most want you to understand is that a miscarriage and everything afterward is all normal.
Understanding the Realities of Miscarriage
During the healing process, it may be helpful to explore the causes and implications of a miscarriage and how it affects you and your body. Between 10 and 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. You are not alone, you are not an anomaly, and there is nothing wrong with you. To help you understand why this happened, what your body is going through for recovery, and what this means for the future you can utilize medical resources, such as the services offered at your local healthcare clinic.
Take Time to Heal Yourself
Loss of pregnancy takes a major toll on a woman’s physical and mental wellbeing. It is imperative that you take all the time you need to recover. Allow yourself to go through the natural stages of grief and give your body the appropriate time it needs to heal. Remember, you shouldn’t expect a wildly dramatic change within just a single day. This is a slow process. Being mindful and recognizing negative thought patterns can prevent your heart and mind from making their homes there. Being sad is normal and it’s perfectly okay, but don’t let it overcome you.
Rely on the People Around You
It is easy to isolate yourself when you encounter the trauma and grief of a miscarriage, but right now is when you need to rely on the people who love you the most. Separating yourself from friends and family during this time inhibits your ability to heal and readjust through this process, and it puts you in a potentially dangerous spot. The people in your life love you and want to be there for you, they simply may not know how. Reach out to trusted friends or family members and lean on them for support.
Talk to Experts
Sometimes it may be painful or uncomfortable talking to friends and family about a miscarriage, or maybe you don’t have anyone close to you. You still do not have to carry this alone. Seek guidance from a professional who has extensive experience, so you’re not going through this process without a guiding hand. You can also reach out to support groups for women dealing with pregnancy loss, so you can walk through the grief process with someone who is dealing with a similar experience.
Your body and your mind go through so much after a miscarriage. It can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do this all on your own. If you have any pregnancy-related questions, please don’t hesitate to give Willow Womens Center a call at (608) 312-2025. We are here to help you get the information you need.