It has been said, “time heals all wounds.” I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
-Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
I was recently interviewed for two different podcasts and was surprised that the same topic came up in both: grief and loss after a miscarriage . I was speaking personally in both interviews about my own miscarriage, and how my personal journey eventually lead me to become perinatal mental health certified (PMH-C). As with most professional endeavors, for many of us, there’s often a personal piece that goes along with it as well.
So, why is therapy so important after a miscarriage?
- It gives you a safe place to process your feelings around this shocking and devastating loss.
- It gives you a space to simply be with and feel your emotions without worrying about how your partner, kids, or anyone else is doing.
- It can help you process your fear surrounding getting pregnant again in the future.
- It can help you keep your anxiety lower if and when you do get pregnant again.
- It can help you work through the pain of losing one baby, so you can be in a good, healthy place to parent your future baby/babies.
- It can help you navigate the often tricky and emotionally filled interactions with those around you, especially people who haven’t been in your shoes and just doing seem to get it.
If you (or someone you know) has experienced a miscarriage, please reach out for help and support from a trained therapist today!