Anxiety and Miscarriage Effects
Apart from the physical symptoms, anxiety has a prominent role in miscarriage effects, and may not be immediately obvious. Studies showed that anxiety was more common and intense at 12 weeks after the miscarriage. A 2007 study also observed that anxiety was more evident at 1, 6, and 13 months after miscarriage, compared to depression.
Moreover, the uncertainties that women face following a miscarriage contribute to a high level of anxiety. As a result, this may pose a greater psychological burden than depression. Some of the notable concerns involve:
- Waiting for menstrual cycles to return
- Wanting to conceive after the traumatic event
Risks of recurrent miscarriage and doubts about reproductive abilities are also taken into consideration.
According to Diamond, a woman may experience an unexplainable trauma in that she may indulge in what is referred to as “retroactive bargaining.”
Through this, they will spend most of their time and energy trying to explain what happened. Oftentimes, it ends up in a cycle of guilt and blame. They may speak words like “if only I had not done this or that, it would not have happened.”