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Not infrequently a mother can have a strong inner bond with her baby even though she is still in the womb. That's why when a miscarriage occurs, mothers can feel sadness that continues to haunt the mind and may cause depression
Most of miscarriages, especially those that occur in the first trimester, are caused by genetic disorders. This is certainly not the fault of the mother. Even so, the event of a miscarriage always leaves a sense of loss, disappointment, and guilt in the woman who experiences it. This is a very reasonable thing.
However, you are advised not to dwell on sadness for too long after experiencing a miscarriage and slowly try to shift your sadness to other activities. This is so that your sadness does not continue to become depression which will actually make it more difficult for you to get back up.
Recognizing Symptoms of Depression After Miscarriage
Everyone has their own way and time to deal with grief, including grief after a miscarriage. There are women who recover quickly from their grief, but there are also those who are protracted. Not infrequently, prolonged sadness can turn into depression.
Some of the symptoms that can be recognized as a sign of depression after a miscarriage are:
- Often feeling sad or feeling empty
- Easy to get angry or frustrated over simple things
- Not excited
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- No appetite or even overeating
- Difficulty concentrating or forgetting often
- Feeling guilty
- Feeling worthless
- Complaining about pain or physical pain that doesn't go away for no apparent reason, even after treatment
Depression that is left unchecked will also have a negative impact on metabolism, thus affecting the overall he alth of the body. However, the most important thing to watch out for in depression after a miscarriage is the emergence of suicidal thoughts or desires.
How to Overcome Post Miscarriage Depression
The most severe level of depression is usually felt shortly after a miscarriage, and gradually decreases over time. Some ways that can be done to reduce the possibility of this condition becoming prolonged include:
1. Talk with family and partner
Pouring out your heart with family and parents can also make your mind calmer. Ask for their understanding and prayers and support for your current and future conditions.
In addition, it is also important to always communicate with your partner, tell him how you feel and what you want from him to help you rise from sadness. Knowing how your partner is feeling can also be a relief, as you become aware that you are not feeling this all alone.
2. Calm your mind
Give yourself time and space to heal. Don't listen to other people's comments that make you feel cornered. It's only natural that you want to spend more time alone and reflect on what happened.
However, avoid contemplating that can actually make you blame and vilify yourself. Remember that you are valuable and you always have another chance in the future. So you deserve to treat yourself well.
3. Accept sincerely
After your condition improves, prepare yourself to carry out daily activities or for the next pregnancy if you and your partner are ready. This is the time to let go and forgive the past which is a valuable lesson for you and your partner.
4. Schedule counseling
If you are still having trouble dealing with post-miscarriage grief, don't hesitate to ask a doctor or psychiatrist for help. The doctor will help provide answers to any questions that may be troubling your mind.
In severe cases, the doctor may prescribe certain medications. The drug aims to help reduce the symptoms of depression that are felt. Psychotherapy may also be recommended to help manage emotions and moods. These steps are taken so that you can prepare yourself for the many other wonderful things that await in the future, including your next pregnancy.
If you and your partner are ready to plan a pregnancy again, try to consult again with your obstetrician, so that the necessary examinations can be carried out to find out if there are risk factors that might harm your pregnancy.
This will help your doctor to help you prepare for a he althy pregnancy. So, try to always think positive and don't give up, okay