Fallen pregnant after a miscarriage? First things first, congratulations!
Your body may have gone through a lot post-miscarriage, but brighter days are ahead. That said, it can be hard to manage your anxiety after a previous loss.
Will the unthinkable happen again?
Will I make it to my 12-week scan?
How can I get excited this time around?
The above questions - and more - may well be running through your mind, and we understand why. So today on the Chemist.co.uk blog, we're offering some tips on how to manage your anxiety as you journey through this pregnancy. Read on...
Remember: this is a new pregnancy
Miscarriage is more common than you think, but more than one miscarriage? That's less common. That doesn't mean to say, though, that if you are unfortunate enough to experience more than one baby loss that you won't get pregnant again.
If you're pregnant after a loss - whether you've had one or multiple - remember that this is an entirely new pregnancy. A new egg and a new sperm. So, try your best to progress through this pregnancy with a fresh a mindset as you can muster.
Take One Day at a Time
If you're feeling anxious after a loss, take this pregnancy one day at a time.
Focusing on the 12-week scan can make the journey seem tougher, as it will seem such a long way off in the beginning. Instead, concentrate on making it through one day and then the next - and go from there.
Google Is Not Your Friend
Don't be tempted to over-Google; just enjoy your pregnancy, one day at a time. You may find yourself hovering over your computer keyboard, ready to type in 'miscarriage statistics' or anything else, for that matter.
Please don't torment yourself; Googling won't change the outcome of your pregnancy - whether healthy or not as healthy. All it will do is make you feel anxious. Step away from Google and instead keep busy with other, more enjoyable tasks. Which brings us to our next point...
If you feel up to it, try to keep your diary as full as possible; the less time you spend thinking about your pregnancy (at least in a negative fashion, anyway) the better.
So, pop out to meet a friend for cake, or go for a gentle swim - anything that will take your mind off how you may or may not be feeling as you progress through your pregnancy.
Speak to Your Doctor
If you are feeling anxious still, speak to your doctor. He or she may be able to offer some advice, or even assess whether a progesterone supplement may help your pregnancy progress and therefore ease any worries you have going forwards.
You can also express any concerns to your midwife at your eight-week appointment, but please don't feel anxious on your own. Open up, if you can, and get the help you deserve.
How did you manage your anxiety while pregnant? Let us know in the comments below and the very best of luck with your pregnancy.
Until next time...
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