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October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

If you have experienced a miscarriage, lost a pregnancy or child, we are so very sorry! You certainly know the experience was far from easy. You know the feelings and emotions experienced that day just don’t go away. You may not know this, however, to lose a child (even in early pregnancy) is known to be the #1 most stressful event a person can go through in their life. This is why seeking support is so important. We are here for you!

Pregnancy and infant loss are experiences accompanied by overwhelming emotions – fear, worry, sadness, anger, denial, guilt, grief and even depression – and often cause parents to question themselves and their choices – Why did this happen to me? What did I do wrong? etc. Many understand and acknowledge this emotional aspect, yet need to consider a holistic return to wellbeing by addressing both emotional health and the physical impact pregnancy loss has on the female body.

Many of our client’s pregnancy loss(es) or miscarriage(s) can often be linked to their preconception fertility health. To battle infertility and not be able to conceive as easily as you thought you would or had hoped, and then to lose a child adds an additional layer of overwhelming emotions. This is why a holistic return to wellbeing by addressing both emotional health and the physical impact pregnancy loss is so important.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Facts

  • An estimated 10 to 20% of pregnancies are known to end in miscarriage shares the Mayo Clinic.
  • 50-75% of all miscarriages may be chemical pregnancies – pregnancy losses or miscarriages occurring very early in pregnancy often before a woman realizes she is pregnant – notes the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
  • “For women in their childbearing years, the chances of having a miscarriage can range from 10-25%, and in most healthy women the average is about a 15-20% chance.” ~ AmericanPregnancy.org
  • “Stillbirth affects about 1% of all pregnancies, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Perhaps the most troubling part about miscarriage, pregnancy or infant loss is that sadly most often the cause is unable to be identified.

Types of Pregnancy and Infant Loss:

threatened miscarriage
incomplete miscarriage
complete miscarriage
missed miscarriage
recurrent miscarriage (RC)
blighted ovum
ectopic pregnancy
chemical pregnancy
molar pregnancy
infant loss
still birth
birth defects
problems with the placenta
problems with the umbilical cord
chromosomal abnormalities
infection
SIDs
other causes

Natural Fertility Info Resources For Pregnancy Loss

We have compiled in the guide below, a wealth of miscarriage resources – from ways to naturally decrease the likelihood of miscarriage to support through the miscarriage recovery process.

Miscarriage Resources – From Prevention to Recovery

Because we know you may already be overwhelmed, go there first. If you wish to approach your recovery and wellbeing naturally, or if you are thinking about naturally preparing for conception again, this is your go-to guide. If you’d like guidance and help in knowing the best natural therapies for your specific needs, we would appreciate getting to work with you through our Fertility Consultation program.

Join Others on Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Everyone is invited to be a part of a continuous Wave Of Light on October 15th. At 7 pm in all time zones, all are invited to light one candle and let it burn for one hour so there will be a Wave Of Light across the entire World. This is a ritual to honor families who have lost, created by Robyn Bear, founder of www.october15th.com and mother who has experienced 6 first trimester miscarriages.

References

  • Bear, R. (n.d.). Remembering Our Babies. Retrieved from http://www.october15th.com/
    Miscarriage. (2016, July 20). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/home/ovc-20213664

  • Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention. (2017, May 02). Retrieved from http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/miscarriage/
  • Early Pregnancy Loss. (2015, August). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Early-Pregnancy-Loss
  • Facts on Stillbirth. (2017, March 07). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/stillbirth/facts.html

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