The impact of pregnancy and infant loss on mental health
The experience of losing a child, whether it be in pregnancy or infancy, can have profound and lasting effects on mental health. Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among women who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. On the other end of the spectrum, some may feel numb and completely detached from emotion as a result. These conditions can also impact the experience of any future pregnancies.
Parents who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss are prone to nightmares and flashbacks. In addition, the mothers often tend to blame themselves for what happened and wonder if there was something they could have done differently to prevent it. This takes a significant emotional toll and often leads to anxiety and fear if they become pregnant again.
Having someone to help you process the grief that comes after pregnancy or infant loss can help tremendously and prevent any mental health symptoms you’re experiencing from becoming worse.