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					Pregnancy Loss

Very rarely does anyone expect to experience a pregnancy loss, although
pregnancy loss is not uncommon. In fact pregnancy loss occurs in up to
15% of women who are aware that they are pregnant. There are many more
pregnancy losses that go undetected because it happens so early in the
pregnancy that the pregnancy has not even been detected. Even though
pregnancy loss is not a rare occurrence, it is still a very personal
experience for each and every woman and along with the loss, there is
some degree of grief and or trauma, depending upon the circumstances. And
a pregnancy loss can, in some cases be devastating for the woman and her
partner and family.

Pregnancy loss due to natural causes, if it occurs in the first twenty
weeks is called miscarriage. If the pregnancy loss, occurring naturally,
happens after twenty weeks gestation, it is called a still birth. Either
type of pregnancy loss can be devastating for all involved and sometimes
professional counseling or at least involvement in a support group is
called for. There are other forms of pregnancy loss as well.

If a woman finds that she is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and
decides she does not want to carry the baby to term...that she is
unprepared to have a family, then she may pursue a pregnancy termination.
This type of pregnancy loss is not without its negative consequences.
Although a woman may choose this option, she may not be prepared for the
emotional aftermath of her decision. There is considerable research that
shows that this type of pregnancy loss, although voluntary, can cause
what has been identified as Post Abortion Trauma or Post Abortion
Syndrome. There are many emotions activated by both the pregnancy and the
pregnancy loss. Not only does a woman's body undergo all the hormonal
changes when she first becomes pregnant, but after a pregnancy loss, she
will undergo more hormonal changes no matter what the caused the
pregnancy loss and these changes can create psychological issues for the
woman.

Even though pregnancy loss resulting from an intentional choice to
terminate may seem to be a solution to an unplanned, undesired pregnancy,
it will still effect the woman in ways she may not be expecting and she
must cope with those feelings and seek professional help in order to
resolve them. Statistics show that a huge percentage of women who
experience a pregnancy loss due to termination will again become pregnant
with a replacement pregnancy within one year.

Finally, pregnancy loss can be an event that is again chosen, but not
desired, really. There are some pre-natal diagnoses for either mother or
unborn child that result in the difficult choice to terminate the
pregnancy. Pregnancy loss in these cases is, at best, an event that is
filled with ambivalence and unhappiness. There are many women and
families who dearly want to keep the pregnancy and rejoice in the
experience and happily anticipate their new baby, but because of health
reasons or some serious birth anomaly, the family decides that their best
option is termination of the pregnancy. This type of pregnancy loss can
be very sad. Even if there is no reason why the woman couldn't go on to
have one or more subsequent pregnancies and healthy children, this
particular pregnancy loss is still traumatic and may resu lt in feelings
of guilt and grief that must be resolved and may need the support of a
professional health care provider or at least participation in a group
that focuses on grief and loss.