Despite miscarriage being a common occurrence -10 to 25% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage- it still is a taboo in our society. The loss of an unborn child can be a significant trauma with lasting effects for the person who lost the baby and her family. In the process of grieving, one can experience deep sadness and hormone fluctuations can further intensify emotions and mood swings.
The trauma of the loss can manifest itself both physically and psychologically. Physical cramping, pressure and pain, even months and years after the loss are not uncommon. Depression may set in and the woman and family members may notice a decrease in mood and ability to participate in once-pleasurable activities. Relationships may suffer, as both partners and their family members may feel a sense of helplessness and hopelessness, not knowing what to do to improve or fix the situation.
A psychotherapist can help with the healing process through counseling and validating the mourner’s feeling, and offer individual or family support.