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Recovering from a Traumatic Pregnancy or Birth

Pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful, awe-inspiring experience, and although for most women it is, sadly it’s not always the case. A lot of women suffer serious problems during pregnancy and birth; things like prolapse, gestational diabetes, subconjunctival haemorrhages and serious injury to their babies. All of these things can all leave women feeling traumatized and even suffering from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, avoidance of sex and a reluctance to get pregnant again.

If you are currently suffering from the effects of a traumatic pregnancy or birth, here are some things you can do to help with the recovery process:

Talk to Your Spouse

Talking to your spouse, letting him know how you feel and how you’ve been affected by your experience will not only help you to unload and get things off your chest, but it will help him to understand where you’re coming from so that he can better support you.

See a Counsellor

Talking to your spouse is a good starting point, but in order to get better, you might need the structured support of a professional counsellor. If you can’t afford this, you may be able to find a charity willing to help, or if you were traumatized due to medical negligence that harmed you or your baby, you might be able to get compensation to help you. So, don’t give up if you think it could help.

Review Your Birth Records

Some women, especially those suffering from PTSD after the birth of their child, find that reviewing their medical notes, specifically, those covering their labor, can help. This is probably because a lot of women block out the details and although they’re hurting, they don’t really understand why. Some even end up remembering things wrong, and that ends up making them more afraid than they need to be. Reading the notes can set things straight and help to kick start the healing process.

Join a Support Group

Joining a support group either on or offline can be a great source of strength when you’re recovering from a difficult birth. Just being able to talk to people who have been through the same thing as you, and perhaps come out the other side, is a great support and a good way of remembering that things can and will get better.

See a Solicitor

It isn’t for everyone, but if you believe your bad experience was caused by medical negligence, and you’re having trouble getting past the fact that the people who were supposed to care for you didn’t, hiring a solicitor to get justice through the legal system, and compensation to support you through this tough time, might be worth looking into.

Although all of the above may help you to recover from a traumatic pregnancy or birth, what you really need is time. It’s only natural that, after such a harrowing experience, you’ll be angry, scared and depressed, but with a little time and a lot of TLC, you will get through it, trust me!

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