miscarriage ptsd

While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is inextricably linked in the public consciousness with military service or time spent in combat zones, miscarriages are one of the leading causes of PTSD. In fact, they are responsible for tens of thousands of women experiencing PTSD symptoms every year.

Losing a baby at any stage of a pregnancy is an extremely traumatic and emotional experience and can have profound physical, psychological, and social implications for women. With prompt psychological support, women can work their way through the process of losing their unborn children.

But a lack of support is causing many women to develop PTSD, and many suffer in silence, and their symptoms progress and become debilitating in some cases.

How Miscarriages Often Lead to PTSD

It’s already apparent why miscarriages often lead to PTSD. The emotional trauma of losing a baby is immense and can be overwhelming for some women.

The physical pain and stress that miscarriage can place on the body are also factors in developing post-traumatic symptoms, especially if a woman has experienced an ectopic pregnancy. In some cases, expectant mothers are told not only have they lost their foetus but that they will lose the ability to conceive children full stop.

Miscarriage trauma is further complicated by the way in which it’s often portrayed in our culture. Miscarriages are often blamed on the mother’s “weakness,” leading to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation.

Concerning symptom onset, for some women, the symptoms of PTSD may manifest shortly after the miscarriage or pregnancy loss occurs, while others may experience delayed reactions in the weeks or months following the event.

Risk factors that can increase a woman’s chance of experiencing PTSD after a miscarriage include experiencing multiple miscarriages, having experienced past traumatic events, and feeling a lack of social support from friends and family.

miscarriage ptsd

How Early Psychological Support Can Help To Keep PTSD at Bay

Recent studies have shown that not only is it essential for women to get prompt psychological support after experiencing miscarriages but that it can be extremely beneficial for their long-term recovery.

By working through the grief and trauma of losing a child, women can rebuild their sense of self-worth and heal from the experience rather than potentially developing mental health disorders such as PTSD.

However, as many as 45,000 women are slipping through the net each year and find themselves developing symptoms of PTSD, which can be extremely debilitating if left unaddressed.

What Action Can Be Taken to Help Those Who Are Experiencing PTSD Symptoms Post-Miscarriage?

If you or someone you know has recently suffered from a miscarriage, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD so that appropriate support can be sought as soon as possible. By seeking help, women can get back on the path to healing and recovery after miscarriage trauma and start to rebuild their lives.

If you are struggling with Miscarriage Trauma, don’t hesitate to reach out for help, as PTSD can be incredibly debilitating without support. At Sole Survivor, we provide a judgment-free space for those living with PTSD to share their experiences through peer support meetings, one-on-one sessions, and other resources.

We also provide support for loved ones so that they can better understand and support those affected by PTSD brought on by a miscarriage.

For more information on our PTSD support services, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team on 07903 544585 or arrange a call at a time that suits you best by emailing info@ptsdsupport.co.uk.