Often the grief you are experiencing can be overwhelming. You may feel
alone, isolated and disoriented in the early hours and days. Know that
you are not alone—that others have felt similar pain and there are
common feelings after such losses. You should also know that there are
things you can do for yourself to help you cope with this situation.
Below is a list of helpful suggestions you might consider.
Care for every part of you—body, emotions, and spirit—because
every part of you is grieving. Eat balanced and nutritious
meals, get adequate rest, and exercise regularly.
Trust yourself and your judgment about what you need to do.
Find a loving support system.
Ask for help when you feel the need for it. Don’t think that you
must go through this grief on your own.
Allow yourself to experience the pain and emotion. This helps
you to move through the grieving process.
Realize that your partner and family might not react to this
situation in the same way as you do. Each person is unique and
responds differently. Be patient and try to understand and
accept their perspectives.
Cherish the memories of your pregnancy and your baby. Just as
with any other loss, those memories will sustain you over time.
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