Miscarriage and baby loss can understandably be very upsetting and traumatic, both the physical effects and the emotional impact. It can take some time to heal. And for you (and your partner) to grieve for the baby and the future you had imagined together. It’s important to remember to reach out if you need support, whether that’s to family, a friend, colleague, or a healthcare professional. There are also several charities where you can seek advice and support from people, often with a shared experience (see below for details).
Miscarriage is defined as the loss of a pregnancy in the first 24 weeks; after this point it’s called baby loss, or stillbirth. It’s unfortunately a lot more common than people realise. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.1 Age can be a factor, with the risk of miscarriage rising from 20% at 35 years, to 40% at 40 years and 75% 45 years plus.2
Going through a miscarriage can feel very lonely, as in some cases you may not have even told anyone that you were pregnant. As well as dealing with the physical impact on your body, you may be experiencing lots of different emotions fuelled by the hormonal changes still occurring. You might not realise it, but you’ll probably know women who have experienced a miscarriage but have not spoken about it. You aren’t alone, and that’s why we want to help normalise talking about miscarriage as part of women’s health.
For more information on what to do if you think you’re having a miscarriage contact your midwife or GP, or visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage