Miscarriage is a difficult experience that many people face. Before a baby is born parents experience much joy as they plan for the birth of their child. Losing a child is very difficult.
Miscarriage is a pregnancy loss that occurs before week 20 of a pregnancy. A pregnancy that reaches full term lasts 40 weeks. Many are surprised to find out that it is estimated that 15-25% of pregnancies end with a miscarriage. It is important that you connect with a doctor as soon as you believe you are pregnant and contact your medical provider if you experience difficulties. Most of the time the cause of a miscarriage is unknown.
It can be difficult to imagine until it happens to you, but grief after a miscarriage is very real and often very painful. You may experience one or more of the following:
Most people who experience a miscarriage also experience one or more of the above grief symptoms. Be patient with yourself.
When you are grieving:
If you are struggling, reach out for support for your grief from family and friends (some of whom may also have experienced a miscarriage), to your doctor, to a priest or deacon, or to one of the groups below.