Miscarriages are woeful and dreaded by every mother as well as families. A miscarriage is known as the loss of pregnancy, occurring within the first 20 weeks. As there are social constraints and taboos related to a miscarriage, the term itself is only whispered around our society, for many reasons, including that of it being considered inauspicious on many records. However, no matter how much the talk of miscarriages can be suppressed, the problem is real, and people, especially women need to understand and know more about the same to face an unfortunate day if it has to come.
It is essential to confront the issue, rather than move away from it, as this is not something connected to problems with the women itself, but a rather unfortunate event in their lives. Miscarriages are common and happen in almost 25% of pregnancy cases today. To understand the problem better, we have laid out a few facts every woman needs to know about miscarriages. The idea is to confront the issue head-on, and possibly take precautions if one can connect to the facts presented here.
Bleeding and Cramping
Bleeding and cramping are one of the most common symptoms of miscarriage during pregnancy. May women experience small amounts of bleeding, cramping or both. If these exist while you are pregnant, a doctor’s visit is must and promptly. Usually, the first steps from a doctor are to do a physical examination as well as ultrasound, blood tests to measure hormone levels, and only after that will they be able to give a definitive diagnosis.
You can get pregnant again after a miscarriage.
A miscarriage does not mean you cannot get pregnant again. On the contrary, most women have gone on to become pregnant again after a miscarriage. On the other hand, the child born through this pregnancy is always otherwise healthy.
Grieving is normal and healthy
Grieving is a natural human process when they lose a fellow human being. In the cases of miscarriage, it still a loss irrespective of the week of pregnancy it occurred in. Grieving will not have any psychological effects on women and their health, especially in the idea of a future pregnancy prospect. In fact, the whole process is a healthy one and helps people get over the loss psychologically.
It is not your fault
Often, due to social constraints, in India or many other places, Women tend to blame themselves for the loss. The whole picture is painted in a way that they see themselves or in many cases external factors are pointing the finger at the unfortunate mother for the miscarriage. Contrary to that belief, it is not the fault of the carrying woman. Miscarriages are factors related to the health of the child as well as that of the mother, which could change drastically without a moment’s notice. A guilt feeling, however, is still expected to come from the women as well as external sources, but it’s imperative to get over it and move on.
A single miscarriage is no risk
Many prospective mothers feel there could be a risk of conceiving another child after a single miscarriage. In the aftermath, they opt to do tests and many other evaluations, which may not be necessary. As we mentioned earlier, miscarriages are pretty much familiar worldwide, and if it happened once, there is no need for any individual tests. The risk factor, however, is after two or more miscarriages, and this could increase the risk of future events. This risk rises significantly after three miscarriages.
Let’s talk about miscarriages
Often the problem post miscarriage is that people who have experienced it, be it, mothers or families, they refuse to talk about it, and the issue flies away in whisperings. Miscarriages sure are unfortunate, but its a human process after all. Not talking about it could lead to psychological damage, while expressing the sadness or the problems associated with it could help the person get over the unfortunate event and get back on track for the future.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are prime examples to this point. They happily announced the news of them having a baby, but did not refrain from publishing in the event of a miscarriage, three of them to be precise.
Post Miscarriage treatments
There are many treatments offered for women after they experience a miscarriage. All the procedures mentioned below are, and there is always a choice to go for the most appropriate one.
- Doctors advice the patient to wait and let the pregnancy tissue that would still be present inside the uterus pass naturally, a process that takes about two weeks.
- The next option for the doctor is to prescribe medications, after approvals from a gynaecologist. This medication is usually known as Cytotec, which helps in expelling the tissue out of the uterus within a week.
- The last option is to undergo a surgical procedure to remove this tissue. The doctor only advises this procedure if the woman is experiencing heavy bleeding or has a suspected infection as an aftermath of the miscarriage.
Miscarriages, as unfortunate as they can be, does not diminish the chances of having a baby in the future. That said, this event needs confrontation and the myths associated with it and many societies of the world needs to be abolished. Consult a doctor, if you face any problems during pregnancy. Your physician can also give particular advice or tips to correct issues that could help avoid a potential miscarriage.
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