A rainbow baby is a baby born to after the loss of a subsequent pregnancy. The term “Rainbow” is used to signify the passing of a storm.
While having a rainbow baby can be a very joyous time in a woman’s life, it can also be a time of ambivalence.
Anxiety in the Rainbow Pregnancy
Having a rainbow baby can cause anxiety for a woman who has experienced a previous loss. Woman can feel guilty to tell her friends and family over fear of another loss. Woman who carry rainbow baby tend to wait longer to establish their pregnancy before making their announcement.
What are the chances of having another miscarriage?
According the the American Pregnancy Association, at least 85% of women who have had one loss will go on to have a successful pregnancy the next time, as will 75% of those who have experienced two or three losses.
Symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy
Worrying in pregnancy is natural for all woman. However woman who have suffered a loss, experience even more anxiety regarding their pregnancy.
Symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy are;
- Inability to focus on concentrate on things such as reading.
- Inability to sleep
- Thinking excessively about the health of the baby
- Constantly feeling excited
Coping with anxiety in a rainbow pregnancy
It is important to see your health care provider if you are experiencing anxiety, whether pregnant or not. Medication management may be an option for you that can only be recommended or assessed by a licensed physician.
Here are some ways that woman can combat anxiety in a rainbow pregnancy;
Finding someone to talk to: Woman and men grieve differently. Sometimes a woman may need to vent to someone who’ve experienced the same loss. Finding another woman who has experienced a miscarriage alleviates the barrier of understanding between the two. Find support groups to help combat anxiety for woman who have experienced a miscarriage.
Click here to find an pregnancy and infant support loss group in your area.
Journaling: Keep a journal helps to help alleviate anxiety. Writing about your concerns may not only help a woman to relieve her anxiety but can also help a woman to express herself.
Breathing: Deep breathing is helps with anxiety. The American Institute of Stress recommends deep abdominal breathing for 20-30 minutes a day.
If all else fails, and you cannot seem to resolve your anxiety, please consult with a licensed physician.