Salisbury mum opens up about PTSD after miscarriage

Salisbury mum opens up about PTSD after miscarriage

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:45pm 15th January 2020.

Nearly a fifth of women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after early pregnancy loss.

Researchers have been looking at the psychological impact of early-stage pregnancy loss, in what's the largest study to take place.

Scientists at Imperial College London and KU Leuven in Belgium spoke to 653 women.

The study found one month on nearly a third (29%) suffered PTSD while one in four (24%) experienced moderate to severe anxiety.

Whilst almost a fifth (18%) of women are plagued by the mental health condition for nine months after.

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A fifth of women suffer long-term PTSD following miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

AMY'S STORY:

One woman from Salisbury who experienced PTSD after a miscarriage in 2017 wants women in a similar position to know they are not alone.

29 year old Amy Newson was ten weeks pregnant when she lost her baby and describes what happened after a scan confirmed there was no heartbeat.

"We were taken to a quiet room where I remember looking at my husband and saying "I'm sorry".

I was overcome with a feeling of guilt, that I had done something to cause this.

Following further examinations, I was handed some leaflets on "what to expect" and was sent home.

I had entered the hospital pregnant and was going home with the knowledge that I would never meet the baby we had such hope and dreams for."

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Amy and he husband decided to try for a baby after getting married.

Amy says in the days and weeks that followed she was "consumed with grief, anxiety and depression"

"I was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and had no idea.

The health professionals had told me what to expect physically, but nobody had warned me what to expect and how to cope mentally."

Amy took six weeks off work to recuperate due to her physical and mental health and says she was "in a very dark and lonely place."

Amy would also have panic attacks at the thought of leaving the house.

MISCARRIAGE ASSOCIATION:

One night I found the Miscarriage Association online and saw that they had online forums.

Seeing other women in the same situation made her feel "less alone, less isolated and less crazy."

Amy fell pregnant again three months after the miscarriage but struggled with anxiety and PTSD.

Amy says while her midwife was fantastic there was no extra support offered to me for my ongoing anxiety and fears.

"I now have a one-year old son who is amazing.

He has helped to fix me, however still to this day I occasionally have flashbacks to the day I found out I was miscarrying."

Amy Newson
Amy went on to have a 'rainbow baby' after her loss.

Amy says she's still affected by her first loss.

"The feeling of sadness still catches me unaware sometimes. To anyone going through a miscarriage or dealing with PTSD following a loss - please know you are not alone."

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