This information is for people who are pregnant after a neonatal loss. We have information for you if you are trying to get pregnant after a neonatal loss.
Pregnancy can be emotionally challenging for many people. But if you have lost a baby before, it can make it much harder.
Your healthcare team are there to support you and you will have extra care during this pregnancy.
You will get more support in this pregnancy
Any pregnancy following the loss of a baby shortly after birth will be described as ‘high risk’, even if you had a straightforward pregnancy before. This term can sound frightening, but it just means that you will have extra care during your pregnancy.
The type of care you get will probably depend on what happened in your last pregnancy.
Your healthcare team will monitor your health, and your baby’s, very closely. You will probably have extra appointments and scans. You will still have your routine appointments with a midwife, but your care will be led and overseen by a specialist doctor (obstetric consultant) and may also be supported by a specialist midwife.
Some parents choose to be looked after at a different hospital because they feel like going back to the same hospital would be too painful. If this is what you want, you can speak to your GP about a referral, or you can self-refer on your chosen hospital’s website.
Coping with anxiety during pregnancy after loss
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone feels anxious sometimes, but some people find it hard to control their worries. Some people with anxiety also have panic attacks, which can be very frightening.
The fear of losing another baby can be overwhelming and it’s natural to feel anxious about this.
Talk to your GP or midwife about how you feel so they can help you find a way to manage your symptoms.
You may be referred to a specialist mental health team for pregnant women. You may also be offered therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness or applied relaxation with a professional therapist. You may also be offered medication, such as antidepressants.