Miscarriage is hard for any woman to go through.
When you lose a baby, you may feel isolated. Alone. Sad. Scared. Angry, but can feel especially painful for women who have been actively trying to get pregnant. If, after all the trying, a miscarriage occurs, it can be hard to take.
But even though a miscarriage is an emotional process, it’s also more common than many people think. One in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, unfortunately – and miscarriage statistics only grow more grim as women age. For women over 45, the chance of a miscarriage grows as high as 50 percent.
Sadly, there can be a stigma around talking about losing a baby that makes many women feel very alone, even if they have support. Questions women have about trying to conceive following a miscarriage may go unanswered – and common wisdom may not be valid. (For example, doctors have urged women to wait at least three months before trying again…but new studies show that this might not be necessary.)
In the next few months, we’ll be talking about conception, miscarriage, and what you can do if you’ve experienced a miscarriage but still want to conceive. We’ll talk about things like:
- Trying again after miscarriage
- Tips for conception following a miscarriage
- Tests and procedures that may help identify causes of miscarriage
- Emotional support after miscarriage
Recognizing that you’re not alone, and that there are resources and information out there, can help make a miscarriage after difficulty getting pregnant a little easier. If you can, finding a doctor who understands your story and can help you get early prenatal care (when you’re ready to try again) can be useful. Those who understand your difficulty conceiving may make a good support system if you feel lonely and want to talk about your experiences.
We want to help end the silence and offer support to those who have experienced the tragedy of a miscarriage. Check back over the next few months as we discuss miscarriage and pregnancy. Looking for a good place to start? We spoke with Franchesca Cox last week about miscarriage – you can see her interview on our blog.