My first pregnancy wasn't planned, but I never expected that at 21 years old, I'd be experiencing a miscarriage. Mine occurred during my first trimester at eight weeks. Before then, I assumed miscarriages were not a common occurrence, especially for young expecting mothers. For me and other women, this misconception is perpetuated because we don't really talk about miscarriages when they happen.
There was uncertainty in keeping my pregnancy, and to have the option taken from me abruptly only added more confusion to the grief that followed. I questioned whether my body was even capable of growing a life, and I wondered if I would face another miscarriage if I decided to have a family in the future.
Navigating the mental and physical tolls after experiencing a miscarriage can take away the joys of family planning. This type of pregnancy loss happens spontaneously, usually before the 20th week, but its effects are felt for some time afterward. Miscarriages can stir up an array of negative emotions, such as guilt, shame, inadequacy and fear of trying again.
Every woman's process of