Understanding Longitudinal Post-Traumatic Stress After Pregnancy Loss
Early unplanned pregnancy loss is common. Between 10% and 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage—that is, the loss of a fetus prior to the twentieth week of pregnancy.1 An additional 1%–2% of pregnancies are ectopic, which means they are implanted outside the uterus, and are terminated because they represent a serious health risk to the mother; it is the leading cause of first-trimester maternal mortality.2 Women who endure a non-viable pregnancy may understandably experience a range of negative emotions related …
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