6 Facts You Must Know About Miscarriage
The emotional disturbance a woman undergoes after miscarriage is beyond words. It can be devastating times for both man and woman. Pregnancy can be a tricky period for some couples, no matter what they do.
But many people have misconceptions about miscarriage and even though its common and irony is that many women gone through it don’t prefer to talk about it.
So it is important to know the important facts related to miscarriage so that people should move ahead in life and don’t give up.
1. You are not alone: Miscarriages are Common
This one question always pops up even if the real cause is known. A woman might feel why this happened to her only but it’s a misconception. Miscarriages are very common.
- According to a study conducted in five-city which was published in The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India, 32% of the 2,400-odd participants faced spontaneous miscarriage.
- Some people may have a higher risk than other but miscarriage can befall on anyone irrespective of the number of risk factors.
2. Causes are yet to be mastered
The most common reason for miscarriage, especially in the third trimester, is known to be chromosomal abnormalities in the baby.
For recurrent miscarriages, experts believe it to be genetic or from some infections such as tuberculosis or structural defects. But overall, the exact causes are not well understood till date.
3. Treatment might not be necessary
- In some cases, women are advised to wait and let the pregnancy tissue pass naturally from the uterus. This process usually takes up to two weeks.
- Some woman might need medication Cytotec (misoprostol) prescribed by the gynecologist. This drug expels the tissue within a week.
- In other cases, dilation and curettage (D&C) surgery is recommended when heavy bleeding or infection is suspected.
4. No Need for special tests after first miscarriage
Typically it is not necessary to evaluate the situation on single miscarriage. Only when a woman experience more than one miscarriage, the doctor advises for the tests to avoid the risk of future miscarriages.
The test would help the doctor pinpoint the problem hampering the development of healthy pregnancy.
5. Feeling guilt or grieved is normal
Many of the women tend to blame themselves needlessly for the miscarriage and find difficulty in obtaining peace within herself. Though it is completely out of one’s control, feeling numb and shattered is expected after a miscarriage.
In this case, you must give yourself some time and space to overcome that loss. Family and friends support might be very helpful in working you through the heartbreak.
6. You are good to go for the next pregnancy
If you failed pregnancy once or even thrice miscarriages, there still reasons to rejoice as there are ample chances of becoming pregnant again.
If you have experienced multiple miscarriages, talk to your healthcare specialist for chalking out the right plan for you. You might require some treatment before you get pregnant again.
Miscarriage brings both physical and emotional wounds to a woman and the only healer in this situation is ‘time’. So talk to the doctor, take rest and proper care of yourself.