Miscarriages are a problem that many women experience whilst trying to conceive. One in five women suffers a miscarriage, which most often occurs in the first trimester (the first 12 weeks). Although not uncommon, miscarriages can be incredibly distressing and disheartening for both you and your partner, while also taking its toll on your body. Here are some tips to take care of yourself to recover after experiencing a miscarriage:
Get plenty of rest in the first week, particularly in the first 24 hours immediately following a miscarriage, as this gives your body time to adjust to its new condition and recover from the loss. If you find it difficult to sleep, try drinking warm milk. The warm fluid will relax your body and help to induce sleep.
Abdominal cramping and pain are common after a miscarriage – especially in the first few days. Consult with your doctor before taking painkillers like ibuprofen. The pain of the cramping should reduce naturally over time. If the pain increases with time, please seek medical attention, as there may be more tissue left in the uterus that will need to be removed.
3. Monitor your temperature
For the first five days following a miscarriage, take your temperature in the evening. Any temperature over 37.60 degrees C should be reported to your doctor, as a fever after miscarriage may be a sign of infection in your uterus or elsewhere.
4. Maintain Proper Hygiene
Use cotton sanitary napkins when you bleed after miscarriage, and change them every 4-6 hours. Do not take baths or enter public swimming pools. Do not douche or use disinfectants to clean your vaginal area as it may lead to infections.
5. Stay Hydrated
Your body requires water to recover from the loss. So, drink at least eight glasses of water every day. You can try including herbal teas (mint or chamomile) and warm broths. Stay away from cold drinks and caffeinated drinks.
6. Eat Healthy
Following a healthy diet is essential after a miscarriage, as healthy foods will help the body to heal itself and allow it function normally. Make sure your meals contain healthy portions of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, and essential minerals and vitamins. And also consume calcium-rich foods such as milk, dairy products, dry fruits and soya to increase your calcium intake.
Just remember avoid raw (including raw veggies) and cold food for the first 1 months following a miscarriage.
7. Avoid Sex
Doctors usually suggest sexual intercourse should be avoided until bleeding has stopped to prevent the risk of infection. We advise to avoid having sexual intercourse for the first 1 months following a miscarriage, which gives the vagina time to heal.
Once you begin having sex again, it is recommended that you use contraceptives because there is an increased likelihood of becoming pregnant again before your normal period is due (usually one month to six weeks after the miscarriage).