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Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death Paperback – October 1, 1999
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After a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or the death of an infant, well-meaning friends and family often advise, "You can always try again". But for a woman who has experienced such a heartbreaking loss, conceiving another child can be fraught with mixed emotions. Along with joy and hope come worries, questions, and often, renewed sorrow at the memory of her previous pregnancy. This guide, filled with up-to-date medical information and written by a woman who herself experienced a successful pregnancy after the loss of her first baby, can help. It offers guidance for women asking such questions as:
-- Why did it happen -- and how can I make sure it doesn't happen again?
-- Will my next pregnancy be considered high risk?
-- How long should I wait before getting pregnant again? And once I'm pregnant, should I put off sharing the news with others?
-- Should I keep the same doctor, go to the same hospital, use the same baby things?
-- What can I expect at prenatal exams?
-- How can I cope with my anxiety?
-- Will I ever be able to love another baby as much as I loved the one I lost?
Pregnancy after a loss can be a time of great emotional upheaval -- but also, a time of healing and hope. With this sensible guide, you can ease your anxieties -- and learn to look forward to the future as you make peace with the past.
About the Author
Carol Cirulli Lanham has been a journalist for the Associated Press, Reuters, Newsweek, and Vatican Radio. She suffered a pregnancy loss in 1994, and has since given birth to two healthy sons.
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i haven't even started TTC again since we lost our baby 6 weeks ago (emma was stillborn on 3/18 at 25 weeks), but bought this book after reading the amazing reviews on it. i read "empty cradle, broken heart" and it didn't even compare to this book. it's very thorough and goes over every possible reason for losing a pregnancy, reasons i hadn't even considered. it gave me lots of ideas of what to ask the doctor and what tests to ask for. reading the stories of women who have gone on to have healthy pregnancies and bring home a baby after suffering a loss (or multiple losses) gives me so much hope. i tore through this book in 4 days which is a record for me. i just wanted to keep reading and soaking up all the information. i'll probably end up rereading it once i actually get pregnant again. it really covers so much and gives me so much comfort to know i'm not alone. HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has lost a baby or pregnancy.
I found it surprisingly thorough on the problems that had caused our baby to die. Giving both discriptions of the problems and what could be done about them next time around.
The book follows the timeline of pregnancy from the perspective of the reader who has had a loss, and gives information and suggestions for both medical and emotional issues. It starts out with dicussing the problems of the last pregnancy (with a warning not to read those sections that don't pertain to you!), and moves onto recommendations for second opinions and then into the trimesters of pregnancy.
It give specific descriptions of tests and therapies that the doctor might prescribe. It is most helpful when discussing options with your doctor that you know the meaning of all the jargon before you start.
Because of this book, I have been much more savvy in dealing with my health care. I have gotten second opinions that my doctor didn't think to recommend. It has also prepared me more fully for my next pregnancy, which, I now realize, will be a lot more difficult emotionally than the first.