A miscarriage is the sudden end of a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive independently from the mother. This can be a very traumatic experience with both physical and psychological effects.
Many questions will be asked after a miscarriage has happened. Below are some of the most common questions with answers that may hopefully help in understanding and coping with the experience.
Why did I miscarry?
Sadly, this is a common occurrence, with approximately 1 out of 4 pregnancies ending in miscarriage. Though this does not, by any means, justify such an incident, it also shows that it can be difficult to predict and pinpoint an exact reason as to why it happened. It is also important to remember NOT to blame yourself for a miscarriage.
Sadly, once a miscarriage starts to happen, there is very little that can be done to stop it.
Some “possible” causes of miscarriage are:
- Genetic: the fetus does not develop correctly in the early stages of development
- Hormonal: An irregular period can affect both conception and pregnancy
- Immunological: Problems with blood vessels can affect the placenta, which keeps the fetus alive while it is in the womb
- Infections: Serious infections such as German Measles
- A weak cervix may open when the fetus becomes heavier
- Irregularly shaped uteri leave little space for the fetus to grow
- Ectopic Pregnancies, wherein the fertilized egg grows in the wrong area
- Molar Pregnancy, wherein the tissue that normally becomes a fetus becomes an abnormal growth
Is depression normal after a miscarriage?
Though some women may recover faster than others, the experience still brings a lot of emotional and physical stress on a person. The loss of a child will always bring feelings of sadness and grief.
These may manifest in everyday life through the following examples:
- Constant crying
- Loss of interest in everyday life
- Too much or too little sleep
- Loss of or less interest in intimacy
- Jealousy toward other pregnant women
What happens to the womb after a miscarriage?
In some cases, the womb will empty itself naturally. In other cases, though, some tissue may be left, so the doctor may recommend a small operation called Dilation and Curettage (D&C) to remove the remaining tissue
How long is the bleeding?
Even after a miscarriage, bleeding may still be experienced for as much as two weeks.
How long should we wait before trying to have another baby?
Doctors usually suggest waiting until the woman has had one period since miscarrying, though getting pregnant before the period does not bring the risk of another miscarriage.
Will a miscarriage affect the chances of having a baby in the future?
Many women go on to have normal pregnancies after one miscarriage. Even after several miscarriages, there is still a good chance of having a baby.