Women Are Calling For the Word 'Miscarriage' to Be Banished For Good

On Wednesday, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared their pregnancy loss on Instagram, and the news has prompted a wave of conversation on social media with some women sharing a call to stop using the word miscarriage for good.

For years women have been led to feel that they are at fault for pregnancy loss—a misplaced blame that medical experts have spoken out about.

In reality, avoiding pregnancy loss is a lot more complicated than creating a stress-free environment or having the perfectly balanced prenatal diet.

“Most miscarriages do not represent a mistaken, wrong, or bad action on the part of a woman’s body; most are caused by spontaneous chromosomal anomalies that render human development impossible and do not relate to inherited genetic problems,” Dr. Gorfinkel wrote.

“I am going to use the term ‘pregnancy loss’ going forward as I personally feel the word ‘miscarriage’ contributes to the lack of empathy and compassion around the issue and implies some kind of failure on the part of the person expecting,” Anne-Marie Tomchak, an editor at Glamour U.K., wrote on Twitter.

Another woman responded, “I also dislike how people insensitively ask or comment ‘you lost the baby?’ Like you played a hand in the loss of pregnancy.

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