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15 Jan 12:05pm

Readers on the pain of miscarriage: ‘In my head I was already a mum and then suddenly I wasn’t’

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According to a new study, a third of women experience PTSD after losing a baby in early pregnancy. Guardian readers describe their experiences I had three miscarriages in 2018, all under 12 weeks. I became very anxious to the point that it was impacting every area of my life. It affected my sleep and I had very negative thoughts. I spent a lot of time crying and kept having flashbacks to the third, most traumatic miscarriage – I had such severe bleeding that I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance – particularly when I was trying to sleep or relax. My family struggled to understand the impact it had on me. Only one friend, who had also had a miscarriage, seemed to get it. The professionals who dealt with me when I was admitted were clearly ill-equipped to cope with any mental health implications, which was not their fault. It was only when I self-referred for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) months later that I was able to get the support I needed.
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