It’s never ever easy to go through a miscarriage or even to see a loved one have to go through one.
While most of us understand what a miscarriage is, we don’t fully understand the emotional ramifications of one or why they happen exactly.
Here’s a breakdown of the whys and hows of miscarriages.
What It Is Exactly
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before twenty weeks.
To put it in perspective, for every ten pregnancies – 1 in 8 of those will end in a miscarriage.
Why It Happens
Your body expels the fetus because there is an abnormality of sorts within the developing embryo.
It could be a number of things that cause this, such as the fetus has a chromosome that isn’t developing correctly, or your uterus and/or cervix is incompetent in that it’s misshaped or weak.
Oftentimes, we never know exactly why our bodies miscarry our child but tests can be done to determine if there are any problems with your uterus or cervix and you should absolutely have them done to rule out that particular factor.
What Are The Signs
Because every woman is different, that means no two women will miscarry the same.
But there are some similarities in the symptoms that we can look out for.
Signs that your body is miscarrying can include bleeding, cramping, spotting, and lower back pain or pressure.
What To Do
The best way to be proactive about your pregnancy is to call your doctor immediately if you feel that anything isn’t right.
There are never any dumb questions or concerns when it comes to your health and that of your child’s.
When in doubt, call your doctor.
What To Expect
Again, while there are similarities in the nature of a miscarriage, no two are alike. Therefore you may or may not experience all or some of these symptoms while the miscarriage is occurring.
You can expect to feel cramping, see blood clots that range in size, and have bleeding episodes that can range from heavy to light.
Your doctor may or may not prescribe medication during or after the miscarriage since every instance is different.
What Happens After
Your healthcare provider will make sure that your body has expelled everything correctly. If they feel you haven’t then they will discuss other options with you.
Your emotions will be varied depending on how you deal with things. You should listen to yourself and your body and take time to heal both physically and emotionally.
Stay true to yourself – if you need help, ask for it. If you need to rest, then get some sleep, if you feel like you want to be alone, take the time.
Do whatever you feel necessary for you to accept what has happened. It may be beneficial to talk to others who have gone through similar situations.
You know you best – so put yourself first, recover physically and emotionally, and grieve in the way that’s most appropriate for you.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.