Healing After Miscarriage
Miscarriage is clinically defined as the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. For you, miscarriage is much more. It’s the loss of control, of trust in your body, of a great expectation and a sweet dream. It’s the loss of your baby.
Suffering a miscarriage can be quite traumatic. While your body may recover relatively quickly, the emotional healing may take much longer. You may not want to face your feelings after a pregnancy loss but working through the pain will help you emerge a stronger person.
These ideas may help you grieve in the early hours, days and weeks after your loss.
- Name your baby – you can write your baby’s name and date in a favorite book or family Bible.
- Plant a tree in memory of your baby – and create a special place that family members can visit and remember your baby.
- Make a garden stone in memory of your baby.
- Make or wear a special piece of jewelry in memory of your baby.
- Write down your feelings in a journal.
- Write a letter to your baby.
- Take care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise – grief is a physical, mental and spiritual process, and it can take a toll on your mind and body.
- Educate yourself on your loss; communicate with your providers.
- Learn about the grief process to help you find better ways to cope with your loss.
- Allow yourself to grieve and give yourself plenty of time. There is no time limit: Grief can be a long process and it is life changing. You will never forget the baby that you have lost.