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What causes miscarriages? An expert explains why women shouldn't blame themselves

Feelings of guilt often compound the grief that follows miscarriage. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What causes miscarriages? An expert explains why women shouldn't blame themselves

Feelings of guilt often compound the grief that follows miscarriage. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What causes miscarriages? An expert explains why women shouldn't blame themselves

Feelings of guilt often compound the grief that follows miscarriage. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What causes miscarriages? An expert explains why women shouldn't blame themselves

Feelings of guilt often compound the grief that follows miscarriage. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Pregnancy loss can be mentally and physically taxing. Women often have feelings of sadness, anger, isolation and guilt. Often, women blame themselves for the loss, which may lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression.

Feelings of guilt often compound the grief that follows miscarriage. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Rochanda Mitchell, University of Virginia

Mother’s Day is a happy day for millions, but for those who have experienced a miscarriage, the day can be devastating. As many as one in four recognized pregnancies result in miscarriage.

Pregnancy loss can be mentally and physically taxing. Women often have feelings of sadness, anger, isolation and guilt. Often, women blame themselves for the loss, which may lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression.

I am a fellow in maternal-fetal medicine, and I have seen firsthand the emotional upheaval that many women experience after miscarriage. Caregivers and loved ones can help by understanding a woman’s feelings and helping her know that this loss was not her fault. I know that having honest dialogue about the incidence and cause of early pregnancy loss may foster a community of support and make the topic of pregnancy loss less taboo.

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