Miscarriage or early pregnancy loss is more common than most people imagine, with as many as one in every four pregnancies ending this way. It is a significant and very painful loss for those who experience it. Often referred to as 'invisible grief', miscarriage is not widely spoken about and usually occurs before the woman has told anyone but closest friends she is pregnant. As with any type of distressing life event, different people will deal with the news in different ways.
Understandably, some people are reluctant to talk about this upsetting experience. Some wish to put the setback behind them as quickly as possible, while others need to process the feelings more slowly. Talking about what has happened in a confidential and safe environment can help.
A miscarriage is the term used to explain the loss of a pregnancy in the first 23 weeks. Later loss is known as a stillbirth. For many women, it is a one-off event and a healthy pregnancy follows.If you've been affected by miscarriage, speaking to a therapist can give you an opportunity to express and accept your feelings about what has happened, in your own time.