Have mandatory GP referral check-up's for women between 1-3 months after a miscarriage
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Miscarriage affects one in four pregnancies in the UK, and is defined as the loss of a baby before 24 weeks - although most miscarriages occur before 12 weeks.
In a study, funded by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, the scientists sent the women questionnaires asking them about their thoughts and feelings after their pregnancy loss. The results revealed that three months after the pregnancy loss, nearly four in ten women (38 per cent) met criteria for probable PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by stressful, frightening or distressing events, and causes people to relive the event though nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive thoughts or images that appear at unwanted moments.
The symptoms can start weeks, months or even years after a traumatic event. By having a mandatory GP referral between the first and third month after a miscarriage, GP's will be able to spot signs and symptoms of PTSD much earlier promising for a better recovery through therapies. Although not every woman who experiences miscarriage will experience PTSD, every woman deserves to have her mental and emotional well-being considered after such a big loss.
After my own third miscarriage, the effects PTSD had on my life; the anxiety, depression, flashbacks and lack of sleep stole me of a lot of happiness, it affected my relationships, work and personal satisfaction. Once discharged from hospital, there was never any follow up appointments and I feel as though, if there were, the symptoms could have been spotted much sooner and dealt with more effectively. It is important that we consider the trauma of a miscarriage and the consideration into every woman's mental health thereafter.
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