Coping with Miscarriage

Coping with a miscarriage is never easy. It is natural to be overcome with feelings of sadness, grief, guilt, loss, and anger. If it all gets too much for you to take, it may be a good idea to ask your doctor about miscarriage counseling. There are several support groups that you can join to help see you through this tough time. Hospital social workers and therapists can also provide counseling and information on coping with a miscarriage.

The most important factor in recovering from a miscarriage is talking about your feelings. It is not unusual or terrible to feel jealous about other mothers or resent pregnant women or babies. What is harmful is denying these feelings and pretending all is ok. There is no right or wrong way to deal with a miscarriage. It is a difficult time for a woman and her partner and each will accept and cope differently.

Coping with miscarriage also entails planning for your next pregnancy. This is not an easy decision for some couples and it is ultimately a personal choice. Some people prefer to try immediately while others prefer to wait. Some experts suggest you wait for a minimum of one cycle before trying to get pregnant again. No matter how long you do wait, keep in mind that your next pregnancy will not necessarily end in a miscarriage. In the meantime, you can take certain steps to improve your reproductive health such as taking folic acid, following a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly.

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