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Books to Read After a Miscarriage

6 helpful guides for coping after a loss.

Dealing with a sudden pregnancy loss can leave you feeling devastated and completely alone, but besides surrounding yourself with family right now, it’s also important to remember that there are resources out there to help you cope. Here are some helpful books that can hopefully answer all of your questions, inspire you to move forward, and remind you that you’re definitely not alone in this.

Our Stories of Miscarriage: Healing With Words


Author: Rachel Faldet
Best for: Words of comfort
Both men and women contribute to this touching collection of journal entries, essays, and poems written by 50 different people who’ve suffered miscarriages and dealt with the aftermath. Amazon, $15

Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss

Author: Ann Douglas
Best for: Moving on
Wondering how soon is too soon to start trying again? Douglas examines the confusing time between the loss of your baby and when to know if you’re ready another. Amazon, $12


About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope
Author: Jessica Berger Gross
Best for: Learning to cope
Written to spark a more open and honest dialogue about pregnancy loss, this book will encourage you to talk about your experience with others without feeling like you have to keep anything a secret. Amazon, $10

Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother

Author: Peggy Orenstein
Best for: Getting inspired
Orenstein’s witty memoir shares the story of how she overcame breast cancer, infertility, and numerous miscarriages before finally welcoming her daughter Daisy into the world. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most importantly, you’ll connect with her amazing journey for baby. Amazon, $6

Surviving Miscarriage: --You Are Not Alone

Author: Stacey McLaughlin, PhD
Best for: Getting the facts
This helpful guide allows you to heal by answering the big question mark in your mind right now: “Why did this happen to me?” Get the facts on what you’ve gone through, what you’re going through now, and where you’re headed afterward. Amazon, $13

A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies
Author: Tim Nelson
Best for: Helping DH cope
Even though your husband may not have been carrying your baby, that doesn’t mean his loss doesn’t run just as deep. This guide shows fathers how they can get through the days following a loss, while still being a source of strength for their partner. With all the resources out there for moms, we think this book’s a must for dads. Amazon, $4

-- Amy Stanford

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