Pregnancy loss is the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. It can shatter all the dreams partners set for their unborn child. Grieving parents need support in such situations. When a miscarriage occurs, couples think that it is the end of the world for them. But that is not the truth. With support from others, they can overcome the grief and look to conceive again. Every year, so many miscarriages happen all over the world. So, it is important to stand up together and support these grieving parents for their loss. Keeping this cause in mind, Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day began on October 15, 2002.
How Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day Started
The Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day
was first observed in the year 2002. It happened as a result of the movement by
Lisa Brown, Robyn Bear, and Tammy Novak. However, observing Pregnancy and
Infant Loss Awareness Month in October began with a proclamation from then US
president Ronald Reagan in 1988. In 2020, 20 states signed the proclamation out
of 50 states. Due to the efforts of the trio, Concurrent Resolution 222 was
passed that supported the idea of observing National Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Remembrance Day in the US House of Representatives. In 2016, all the 50 states
in the US agreed to the proclamation and observed October 15 each year as
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
How Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day is Observed
Here are some of the ways to
celebrate Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day;
Candles: Not only on October 15 but also in the whole month of
October, grieving parents light up candles to remember their lost child. Also,
some communities observe the occasion by lighting up the candles. The light
from the candles makes the occasion memorable and beautiful.
Word: A lot of people in society are still unaware of the
Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. However, you can spread the word by publishing
press releases. Also, you can distribute them to nearby communities. It will
make people aware of the Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day.
Ribbons Around Trees: You can gather with your near and dear ones and find
out trees where everyone will tie ribbons. These ribbons will commemorate the
day and tell people the importance of observing Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day.
Importance of Celebrating Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day
Here is some of the significance of
observing Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day;
Grieving Parents: Pregnancy loss is a devastating thing. It can destroy
parents mentally. In such situations, it is important to provide mental support
to such grieving parents. It will provide them the will and support to handle
such situations wisely.
Easy To Communicate
The Support: At times, people in the community want to convey their
support. But, they fail to do so due to the lack of medium. This Pregnancy Loss
Awareness Day can work a perfect medium to communicate the support a community
wants to provide to the grieving parents.
Respect To The Family Member: You need to realize that the
infant died due to miscarriage was still a family member of that couple. So, it
is important to pay tribute to the lost family member. While paying tribute,
the supporters should understand the trauma the parents of the lost infant
faces and support such parents accordingly.
Parents should gather knowledge of
miscarriage. Being aware of miscarriage can help them to avoid it. Miscarriage
happens when a child dies in the womb of the mother with the 20th week of the
pregnancy. A significant number of pregnancy cases end in miscarriage. Also,
some pregnant women miscarry the child without even knowing it.
Symptoms of Miscarriage
Certain symptoms will indicate
miscarriage for a pregnant woman. But, you should know that even after having
symptoms for miscarriage, many women deliver healthy babies. However, if you
see these signs and symptoms, you must consult with your doctor immediately.
Here are some of the symptoms of miscarriage;
Severe to mild pain the back
Severe pain or camp in the abdomen
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Causes of Miscarriage
Here are some of the causes of
miscarriage you should know;
Improper eating habit
Drinking too much alcohol
Suffering from thyroid or diabetes
Problems with maternal hormones
Taking illegal drugs
Here, you should know that the
majority number of miscarriages occur due to the imbalance in maternal
Tips to Prevent Stillbirth
Here are some of the ways to
Go for regular checkups with your doctor
Create a healthy eating habit
Create an active lifestyle
Sleep on the side
Inform the doctor about the medications you take
Stop consuming alcohol
Finally, Pregnancy Loss Awareness
Day is a wonderful initiative to give support to grieving parents who suffered
the loss of their child. Not every country observes Pregnancy Loss Awareness
Day. But, the countries should adopt this special day to support the parents
who suffered miscarriages. It will be an excellent way of providing support to
grieving parents all over the world.