How To Support Someone Going Through Pregnancy Loss

Your girlfriend, sister or coworker has just texted you the news of her pregnancy loss. Maybe you’ve known she was pregnant from the beginning, and had been excitedly walking with her every step of the way until this setback. Maybe this is the first news you’re getting that she was even pregnant in the first place.  No matter what the situation, it isn’t always clear what you can do to help a person going through it, say experts who specialize in supporting women through pregnancy loss. While every person will have unique needs, there is one rule of thumb, according to Kate Metten, a birth and postpartum doula from Louisville, Kentucky: Think of ways you would naturally support your loved one if she was going through either a death and a recent birth.  “It’s important to understand the mom is still going through a postpartum period, just as if she had given birth to a live baby,” said Metten, who has herself experienced three miscarriages. “That recovery process, [and] the hormonal changes and things that are happening in that postpartum mom are an important part to pay attention to.”  That advice rings true for Olga Verschoore, who at 28 years old experienced a miscarriage at 10 weeks after one in vitro fertilization cycle and two rounds of frozen embryo transfers. She remembers sitting at her desk at the office a week after her loss and remarking that she was having a “crappy” day. Her co-w...
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Source: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother Source Type: research
Antiabortion activists and politicians have kicked their decades-long agenda to ban abortion in America into high gear through a series of increasingly radical and dangerous state-level laws. Between January 1, 2019 and March 20, 2019, 304 abortion restrictions were introduced in states across the country.
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Authors: Liu Z, Yu X, Tong C, Qi H Abstract Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) incidence is increasing worldwide. In the present study, the effects of metformin on high fat diet (HFD)‑induced renal dysfunction were investigated in GDM mice. In addition, the molecular mechanisms underlying metformin function were examined. GDM was induced by feeding pregnant mice a HFD, and mice were treated with two different doses of metformin (300 and 600 mg/kg/day) or PBS between embryonic day 11.5 (E11.5) and E17.5. The pregnant mice at E18.5 were utilized to analyze the effects of metformin on renal dysfunction. Renal ...
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Authors: Hong SH, Kim SC, Park MN, Jeong JS, Yang SY, Lee YJ, Bae ON, Yang HS, Seo S, Lee KS, An BS Abstract Female sex steroid hormones, including estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4), serve significant physiological roles in pregnancy. In particular, E2 and P4 influence placenta formation, maintain pregnancy and stimulate milk production. These hormones are produced by ovaries, adrenal glands and the placenta, of which the latter is a major endocrine organ during pregnancy. However, the mechanism of hormone production during pregnancy remains unclear. In the present study, the regulation of steroid hormones and s...
Source: Molecular Medicine Reports - Category: Molecular Biology Tags: Mol Med Rep Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease - Category: OBGYN Tags: Benign Vulvovaginal Disorders Source Type: research
You couldn’t get pregnant easily, and needed fertility treatments. You had a miscarriage. Or several. You developed complications during your pregnancy. You delivered your baby preterm. Every single one of Parijat Deshpande’s clients feels like their bodies have betrayed them because of the above reasons. Deshpande, MS, is a perinatal mind-body wellness counselor and high-risk pregnancy expert, who helps women navigate stress so they can manage pregnancy complications and give their baby a strong start to life. Psychologist Julie Bindeman, PsyD, works with women struggling with reproductive challenges, depressi...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction General Grief and Loss Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress Women's Issues Betrayal Fertility miscarriage Parenthood Pregnancy Source Type: blogs
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