When a woman has a miscarriage, it is an extremely hard time for her to go through, both physically and emotionally. A pregnancy loss is devastating for both the parents, especially for the would be mother. It might take a long time for some people to recover after the loss of a baby. The woman has to take care of herself heal the body and give as much time as possible for the mind to get ready again. You can talk to your doctor about some tips to recover and take care. It also requires emotional support from the loved ones around you. It is advised to wait for sometimes before trying for another baby, and there are many other things to take care of after a miscarriage. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Nithya Ramamurthy, Senior Consultant, Gynaecology, Fortis Malar Hospital, about the effects of miscarriage on a woman and some self care tips to recover.
Post miscarriage effects
Post miscarriage, a woman might experience a lot of problems such as cramps, pain, and bleeding upto 2-3 weeks. It might take a few weeks or months to recover from a miscarriage. This time period is different in every women, some might take a long time. Miscarriage affects a woman both physically and emotionally. As per Dr. Nithya, here are the post miscarriage effects:
Anemia is one of the most common effects of miscarriage. A woman bleeds a lot when she goes through a miscarriage and this can be dangerous for the body. In rare cases, women may have hemorrhaging as a major complication of miscarriage. It is important to get medical treatment for there is too much bleeding.
Depression is also an effect a woman as she goes through a traumatic loss. It can be very disturbing to get over this situation. Even if the miscarriage happens in the initial months, the woman gets extremely connected to the developing baby. There are strong feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt over the loss of a baby after miscarriage.
3. Abdominal discomfort
Lower abdominal pain and menstrual cramps may also occur in most of the women for 3-4 days after having a miscarriage. There are also other issues like breast discomfort, leaking milk, in which ice packs can be of help. You can use a hot water bag to ease the pain and discomfort.
What to do after a miscarriage?
Pregnancy loss can have an impact mentally and physically too. There is also a tendency of losing interest in everything and isolating yourself away from everyone else. But taking care of yourself after a miscarriage is important to recover. A woman's health detoriates after a miscarriage. According to Dr. Nithya, here are some ways to recover after a miscarriage:
1. Take proper rest
The foremost priority for physical recovery is taking proper rest. You have to take a lot of rest and sleep for a good healing experience. You can ask your friends and family to run various errands. You might also have sleeplessness due to the loss, so try having warm milk at night before bedtime as it will help you sleep better.
2. Consume a healthy diet
Iron and calcium intake should be looked after in the this recovery periodsl. There is an essential need to gain the stamina back in your body and refuel it. There is no need to deprive yourself from food whenever you feel hungry or sad. Make sure to consume a healthy diet and have foods that contain proteins, carbohydrates, fibres, fats, and all the other important vitamins and minerals. It is also important to take a lot of fluids and keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water everyday.
4. Avoid sexual intercourse for three weeks
Another tip that is given by many experts is that you should avoid having sex for a few weeks after the miscarriage. There is a lot of bleeding as a post effect so you have to wait to recover. Just wait for the bleeding to stop and the cervix to close. You can talk to your doctor for the next intercourse and planning another baby.
5. Talk to your partner
You should try and talk to your closed ones or your partner. It is important to keep sharing your feeling or if you are having any anxiety. It can be your family or friends. Understand your partner as it is not an individual loss.
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