The misunderstood loss


For personal reasons, this isn’t an easy post for me to write. However, as the above image demonstrates 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage; to put it more humanly, that’s a quarter of could-be-mothers losing their could-be-child. And that’s only the reported miscarriages, and the known pregnancies, the actual figure could be a lot higher. It’s a taboo subject, expected mothers don’t wish to offload their problems onto anyone, or perceive themselves to be failures as they have been unable to have a healthy pregnancy (Herz, 1984) and a lot (especially in my case) don’t want the sympathy.
But it’s a fact of life; miscarriages happen and parents are left behind.

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