Sadly, many women in our society experience miscarriages both in early and late stages of pregnancy. Yet, it’s a topic that seems to be swept under the carpet in social circles, infertility included. More women should be encouraged to share their experiences, supporting each other in the process while they heal.
Today’s post touches on important steps a woman should take to recover from a miscarriage. Perhaps you came across this post after a sudden incident of your own, or you know a loved one who has experienced such loss. Please read on to learn more about the recovery phase and consult a doctor for further guidance:
First, what is a miscarriage?
In technical terms, WebMD defines a miscarriage as the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.
How long does it take to heal?
Healing can range from a few weeks to months, the length depending on how far along a woman was into the pregnancy.
Steps to recovery
Let yourself grieve
It’s absolutely normal to feel intense grief after such a difficult ordeal. This may last for days, weeks or even months, but an emotional release is important no matter what. Having a support system, a community, is also vital, with loved ones on-hand for comfort.
Be wary of infections
The following safety precautions can go a long way in preventing infections:
– Wearing sanitary pads instead of tampons till the next period cycle begins
– Douching should be avoided
– Don’t go swimming or dipping into hot tubs and Jacuzzis
– Avoid sexual intercourse for the first weeks
Refuel your body
Eating balanced meals frequently is a must at this time. Your body needs all the nutrients it can get to restore lost tissue, from proteins and carbs to vitamins and minerals. So give it some tender loving care. Remember to stay hydrated also; eight glasses of water a day will go a long way in this process.
On trying to conceive again…
Discuss when is the best time to have a baby after a miscarriage with a doctor. Some will recommend waiting for about three months when all symptoms are definitely gone. Contraceptives can be taken in the meantime.
Fact Sources: Web MD, NHS UK, Parenting.com