Pregnancy Complications: Help After Miscarriage
The British Journal of Psychiatry reports that anxiety and depression can be common among women who have suffered a miscarriage and other pregnancy complications.
Some of the emotions you might feel after pregnancy complications such as miscarriage can include: disbelief, grief, sadness, anger and guilt. You may feel like the miscarriage was your fault, or you may feel confused because you thought you had done all the right things during your pregnancy, including taking neonatal vitamins and getting extra rest. Your emotional response can also cause physical symptoms, such as fatigue and loss of appetite.
Other people may not be as emotionally supportive as you'd like them to be. The father may not have had a chance to bond like you have, and so may not appear to be as sad about the miscarriage. Well-meaning friends, family and even health professionals may say insensitive things, such as "You can have other babies."
Tell people that you would like time to grieve, and ask them to respect your feelings. Suggest ways they can help, such as taking you to the doctor for a follow-up visit for pregnancy complications, or cooking a meal for your family while you heal.
You can also get support from HAND (Helping After Neonatal Death). Their resources and recommendations on what to do, what to say and not to say can help grieving parents survive... one day at a time.