A British and US study has claimed that the psychological impacts of miscarriage
can last up to several years. Women who have lost a baby are at more risk of
mental distress like depression and anxiety during a subsequent pregnancy. About
1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriages.
The depression and anxiety that
mothers suffer might continue even after they have a healthy baby. This report
has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
13,000 women were part of the study.
While assessing the risk of depression, researchers studied the past
miscarriages a woman had. Past studies have shown that women who have had a
miscarriage are more likely to experience anxiety and depression when they
conceive again. However fewer studies have been carried out to find whether
these symptoms fade following the birth of a healthy child. Researchers found
that this depression continued nearly 3-years after the delivery of a healthy
One of the researchers and Professor at the University of Bristol, Jean Golding,
said, "This study is important to the families of women who have lost a
baby, since it is so often assumed that they get over the event quickly, yet as
shown here, many do not. This has implications for the medical profession as
well as the woman and her family."
The research also underlines the
need for midwives to spend time with pregnant women to discuss their worries.