Is Pregnancy Loss a “Real” Loss?

Pregnancy loss generally includes miscarriage, stillbirth, and neo-natal (death occurring in the first 28 days of life) death. Society is starting to understand the impact of grief on an individual, but, when it comes to pregnancy loss, if the loss is even acknowledged, it is often minimized. Pregnancy loss is a real loss! Those who have experienced a pregnancy loss experience the same symptoms and intensity of grief as any other type of loss. In addition, there are some unique grief issues that accompany pregnancy loss which are not present with other types of deaths. Concerns range from subsequent pregnancies to relationship issues. These and many other issues can complicate one’s grief journey. If you or someone you care about has experienced a pregnancy loss, use this discussion group to express your feelings, find support, and learn more about this subject.

Is Pregnancy Loss a “Real” Loss?

Postby BobB » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:53 am

Many people feel that pregnancy loss is not a “real” loss. Therefore, many bereaved parents do not receive the support that is needed for a successful grief journey. Also, even if society does acknowledge the loss, it is often minimized. This may be in part because society generally feels that attachment to the baby does not start until after the delivery has occurred. My observations have been that attachment to the baby starts as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed. This attachment is not only physical in nature, but, emotional as well, as all of the dreams and planning that occurred prior to conception are now being realized. For those who have experienced a pregnancy loss, the grief reactions and intensity of grief are just as visceral and painful as all other deaths. Every aspect of one’s life, the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual components are dramatically affected as with all deaths. So, the answer to the above question is YES. If you have had a pregnancy loss, you are experiencing a, “REAL” loss. Has your grief been validated or minimized?
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