How Miscarriage Could Change Your Experience in the Delivery Room

I try to live my life without regrets. That doesn't mean I jump on every opportunity or wake up every morning ready to seize the day. Mostly it means I try not to parse apart the past looking for things I could've done better; instead I take the lessons I've learned and apply them practically to the future. Which is exactly why I hate studies like this one that says miscarriages and abortions may pose risks in subsequent pregnancies.

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A study out of Israel finds there may be a link between miscarriage and abortion and certain labor complications, such as the need for medical induction or a C-section delivery, as well as placenta retention after giving birth. 

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At first I thought this was nothing more than a way to further stress out pregnant women, but the information has struck a chord in the wake of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan sharing the news of their experiences with miscarriage, as well as Sam and Nia's viral videos. And they aren't alone -- as many as 20 percent of women experience a miscarriage or abortion before carrying a baby to term for the first time.

What I love about the report was the complete lack of shame around the data. The study notes that the increased risk of complication was equal in those pregnancies terminated "spontaneously" (miscarriage) or "intentionally" (abortion). In fact, all the commentary around the report suggests that only a woman's doctor should be concerned with these findings so that he/she knows what to look for during labor and delivery. This is NOT information that should add an additional burden to expectant mothers.

Dr. Jeffrey Ecker, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies from Harvard Medical School, told Reuters:

Most women would prefer not to have a miscarriage or be in a situation where they are choosing abortion, but they should not worry about their reproductive health if they have been in these situations once before.

So moms, put away that guilt and Monday Morning Quarterback analysis and enjoy what you can during the nine months of pregnancy. Before you know it, the baby will be here!

 

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