It is normal to experience a range of emotions after a pregnancy loss, or to feel no emotions at all. Each person's healing process is unique, and it is important to allow yourself to experience and process your feelings in your own way.
Stages of grief
Miscarriage can be a difficult and emotionally complex experience that can affect the mental health of those who go through it. It is common for people to experience the five stages of grief after a miscarriage: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages are a normal response to a distressing event, but grief after a miscarriage may be more complex as there may be no physical presence of the baby or opportunities for closure, such as a funeral. The process of grieving after a miscarriage can take up to a year, or longer, and it is normal to continue remembering the pregnancy even after the grieving process has ended.
Miscarriage support group
It is important to have support and understanding during this difficult time. Talking to a loved one or a psychologist can be helpful in the healing process. You can also seek support from family and friends, and ask for help with daily tasks if needed. Support groups and spiritual leaders can also provide comfort, and your healthcare provider can refer you to a therapist to help you cope with the loss. It is normal to want to understand the cause of a miscarriage, but in many cases, there is no explanation. It is important to allow yourself time to process the loss and to grieve. It can be especially difficult for people who miscarry after 12 weeks or after a heartbeat has been detected, or for those who have experienced infertility or multiple miscarriages.
Family life after miscarriage
It is common for family dynamics to be affected after a miscarriage. If you have other children, it may be difficult to explain the miscarriage to them in a way that they can understand. It is best to use simple language and explain that the baby was not able to grow. Children can also grieve the loss of an unborn sibling and may exhibit changes in emotions or behavior. For couples, it can be helpful to discuss their future plans, including the possibility of trying to conceive again after a miscarriage. It is important for both partners to be on the same page about their decision to have more children