‘I kind of felt I’d failed’: When pregnancy goes wrong

For some parents-to-be, pregnancy and childbirth complications can leave them feeling overwhelmed and traumatised

“The first ultrasound is a real milestone. If a pregnancy is identified at eight weeks on ultrasound and is a normal size, the risk of miscarriage drops to 2-3 per cent.” Photograph: iStock

“The first ultrasound is a real milestone. If a pregnancy is identified at eight weeks on ultrasound and is a normal size, the risk of miscarriage drops to 2-3 per cent.” Photograph: iStock

Pregnancy is usually a time of huge excitement and anticipation as parents-to-be look forward to meeting their little bundle of joy after, hopefully, a non-eventful nine months. But while pregnancy is a straightforward affair for many, there are those who experience complications and stressful times and who are left feeling bereft and traumatised by their unpreparedness.

“Many parents find themselves utterly overwhelmed by parenthood and unprepared for all that is involved in pregnancy, delivery and caring for a newborn,” explains Prof Fionnuala Breathnach, consultant obstetrician gynaecologist and associate professor at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin.

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