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    Coping with Miscarriage

    By Darlene Zagata     

    Miscarriage can be a traumatic event in the life of any woman. Also referred to as spontaneous abortion, miscarriage is the end or premature termination of pregnancy in which the fetus is not developed enough to survive. Although there is no particular cause of miscarriage there may be several contributing factors. Such factors may include disease, infection, poor nutrition, abnormalities of the uterus, alcohol and/or drug use and physical trauma.

    Symptoms of miscarriage can include a brownish discharge, light to heavy vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps and back pain. A piece of whitish tissue may pass through the vagina along with the bleeding. A woman that experiences pain or bleeding should consult her physician immediately. Any remaining material must be removed following a miscarriage to prevent infection. This is done by a surgical procedure called a D and C (Dilation and Curettage). It consists of scraping the residual material from inside the uterus.

    Miscarriage commonly occurs in the early stages of pregnancy and may occur shortly after the first period has been missed before the woman even has any confirmation of pregnancy. Although there are usually no lasting adverse physical effects from miscarriage, the emotional trauma can be more devastating particularly the further along a woman is in her pregnancy. To know there is a life growing within your body and then suddenly it is gone is quite an emotional blow.

    Many women suffer from depression following a miscarriage. This is normal when dealing with loss. But in the event that the depressed state worsens or tends to be prolonged professional help should be consulted such as a grief counselor or other trained professional.

    Subsequent healthy pregnancies can occur after miscarriage. As long as the physician finds the woman to be healthy and capable of carrying a pregnancy to full-term, there is no reason why she should not try again. Many women who have miscarriages also have perfectly normal births and deliver beautiful, healthy babies.

    You see I know women that have a miscarriage can still have normal births and healthy children because I had two miscarriages but I also have four healthy children. My mother was told that she would probably never be able to have children but then she gave birth to me.

    Sometimes nature works in mysterious ways. A miscarriage may occur with no apparent physical cause but nature may know best even if we donít. At times a fetus may be defected or deformed in some way that goes undetected. Miscarriage may be natureís way of saving a child from a lifetime that would be miserable and painful. As mothers, we donít want to hear excuses. We would choose to have our child live and care for him or her no matter what that care involved. But this is where we would need to think of the child and what he or she may have had to endure had the child survived. Remember that everything happens for a reason even if we canít understand.

    Take care of yourself and donít give up hope.

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