If the unexpected happens when you’re expecting, know that you will get through it. Whether you just recently experienced a miscarriage or are currently going through it, there are several steps that you can take to help with physical recovery. While it may seem easy to slip into a depressed state where you don’t feel up to caring for yourself you need to try. This holds especially true if you plan on trying to get pregnant again.
Here are some steps to help with caring for yourself after a miscarriage:
- Get plenty of rest. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you just went through a traumatizing experience. Your mind and body need time to heal.
- Stay hydrated. You just lost a significant amount of blood, probably more than you even thought possible. Be sure to drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacing drinks such as coconut water, Gatorade or Pedialyte.
- Eat healthily. Continue to eat just as healthily as you would have if you were still pregnant and be sure to increase the amount of calcium, vitamin C, and iron rich foods that you eat. You might be low in iron due to blood loss.
- Have pain relievers handy. You might experience some discomfort and headaches after the miscarriage, so it’s a good idea to have Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen on hand just in case you need it.
- Have red raspberry leaf tea. Historically women have taken RRLT throughout their pregnancies for general discomfort, cramps, and morning sickness. This can be used after a miscarriage for similar relief and healing.
- Have plenty of sanitary pads. For during and right after the miscarriage, you’ll want extra overnight super heavy ones. Then you’ll want to have regular as well as panty liners for when it is just light bleeding and spotting. You DO NOT want to use tampons.
- Talk with your doctor. If you miscarried naturally, you’d want to be sure to schedule a checkup with your healthcare provider to make sure that everything passed. Otherwise serious health complications can arise.
- Talk with your significant other, family, friends or a counselor. It is normal to feel raw, sad, angry, confused, and alone, but try not to shut yourself off from the world, and especially your significant other. Know that your hormones are out of whack, and cut yourself some slack – you are allowed to grieve your loss.
No one ever forgets a miscarriage. If you experience a miscarriage try to keep in mind there are many other women out there who know exactly what you are going through. Women endure situations like these, commonly and repeatedly. By not opening up about a miscarriage we aren’t doing each other any favors.
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