I find it amazing how our physical bodies and our minds are so connected. I’ve always been someone whose body reacts strongly to stress, stomach pains, headaches, but I didn’t realize how strong the connection was until my third child was born.
My first two pregnancies were smooth sailing. Both of the children were born early, my labors short, and while there was pain, it wasn’t t anything out of the ordinary. Between pregnancies number two and three, I had an early miscarriage, between the 7-8th week, which was identified by the lack of heartbeat during a routine ultrasound.
It was an emotionally difficult experience made harder as I had to deal with a number of medical professionals who were unclear about how to proceed. Should I wait for my body to expel the fetus through bleeding or make an appointment to have a D&C? Being yelled at by an ER gynecologist did not help make the process any easier. Perhaps the most difficult part was the lack of control I had over the whole situation.