Although everyone’s experience is different, some women encounter difficult emotions after having an abortion. These feelings can interfere with day-to-day life and make it challenging. For others, abortion can be a source of trauma that is hard to work through.
It’s important to seek professional help if you find yourself struggling. You deserve to have healing and peace in your life!
What is Trauma?
According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is an emotional response to an event. It may cause “unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.”
Anyone can experience trauma, and no two journeys are the same. Healing can occur quickly, or it may take some time.
If you are struggling with trauma following an abortion, it is important to reach out to a trusted health professional.
What Are the Signs of Trauma?
You may experience a variety of symptoms following a traumatic event. According to Medical News Today, you may feel any of these emotions, either alone or in combination:
You may also experience physical symptoms of trauma. These may include:
- Racing heart
How Can I Find Healing?
If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is important to reach out to a trusted medical professional to seek support. The path to healing is different for everyone, and for some women, it is a long journey.
In addition to speaking with a professional, there are other things you can do during your healing journey:
- Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
- Get enough rest and create a sleeping schedule.
- Talk to others about your feelings.
- Engage in physical activity.
- Consider self-care activities such as a massage, relaxing, or treating yourself to dinner..
How We Can Help
If you would like to speak to someone about abortion-related trauma but are unsure of where to begin, contact us today. We are here for you! You are not alone.