A miscarriage or loss can be difficult to cope with for those trying to become parents. There are so many emotions involved that often leave the individual or couple with feelings of hopelessness, grief, or even anger.
It’s the reality that 1 in 4 pregnancies will result in a miscarriage. This statistic can be daunting, especially for those undergoing fertility treatment as they are working towards creating the family of their dreams. Still, it’s important to know that miscarriage is usually due to chromosomal abnormalities and nothing you have done.
Many people go on to have healthy pregnancies and does not indicate a higher risk for recurrent miscarriage, we know that it can be challenging to go through and cope with miscarriage at any stage in your journey toward parenthood.
Ways to Cope with Miscarriage
It’s important to remember that a miscarriage or pregnancy loss can happen to anyone. It’s not typically associated with anything the pregnant person does wrong and in most cases, is due to chromosomal abnormality.
A chromosomal abnormality results from having an incorrect number of chromosomes (having too few or too many). This is secondary to the number of chromosomes found within the egg or sperm at the time of fertilization.
Coping with miscarriage and loss may involve a grieving process for some. It’s not uncommon to feel isolated or alone in your feelings but leaning on your support network is important during this time.
For those without support, groups and organizations like Uniquely Knitted can put you in touch with others who have also gone through miscarriage or loss.
Connecting with a therapist or counselor is also another great resource that can offer you support during a miscarriage or loss. They can also offer valuable tools to help you navigate and cope with all aspects of your fertility journey.
Doctor Followup After Miscarriage or Loss
Coping with miscarriage or loss may also include wanting to know what to expect and how the next steps may look for you in your fertility journey.
A follow-up appointment where your doctor can answer your questions and explain the process may be helpful. This is also a great time to communicate any reservations or feelings about taking the next steps and moving forward.
For our patients at OC Fertility, we want you to feel comfortable and aware of your options and next steps. We’re also here to support you and understand if that means taking time away from the process.