A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy during the first 20-23 weeks. The most telling symptom is vaginal bleeding, which may also be accompanied by cramps and a period like pain. About 15% of pregnancies experience miscarriages. They can be caused by different factors like:
- Non-vital fetus
- Blighted Ovum (Undeveloped fetus)
- Poor Health Condition
- Drinking, Smoking and/ or Drugs
But in most cases of miscarriage, an actual cause is very difficult to determine and single out. This is why it is very important for the parent/s to understand that it is rarely their fault and there has been any form of neglect to cause a miscarriage.
After a miscarriage though, what would be the next step?
For starters here are some suggestions that the parent/s can DO:
• As a reiteration, the parent/s should understand that she/ he did not cause the miscarriage
• Talk to your doctor and go through some examinations to see if there may be any signs of infection, and other possible issues with regard to your reproductive health
• Attend counseling, if needed
• Let yourself heal emotionally and physically
• Adopt a healthier lifestyle. This will not only benefit your baby, but yourself as well. Eat healthy food and follow moderate exercises. You can also ask your doctor if there are any multivitamins that you can take to help you further with your pregnancy
And the following are some of the things that you should NOT DO, after a miscarriage:
- Do not keep your emotions in. Talk to someone, cry, paint, go on a trip. Just make sure that you are able to release the anger, sadness or disappointment that you may be feeling.
- Do not think that one miscarriage means that you are more prone to having one again
- As you may still bleed for some time after a miscarriage, do not use tampons for this, but opt for pads, instead
- Avoid bathing in tubs, swimming in pools or hot tubs right after to avoid infections
- Avoid vaginal sex until your doctor says that it is okay
- Do not be afraid to try again for a baby. Many women who have gone through miscarriages go on to have successful pregnancies. Generally, the female reproductive organs may be ready for conception again after 5-6 weeks, but your doctor may also advise you as to when you can begin trying again.
These are just some suggestions for parent/s after they have gone through a miscarriage. Every individual case though, may also have its specific need/s.