Taking Care of Yourself After a Miscarriage

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A miscarriage happens when a pregnant woman loses her baby due to natural causes. Often times, our patients come to us not expecting to be pregnant and not always happy about being pregnant. But sometimes, they end up having a miscarriage and are struggling with physical and emotional symptoms. We understand that this is completely normal. Being sad and experiencing a mix of emotions following a miscarriage is to be expected, even if the woman carrying the child did not necessarily want to be pregnant in the beginning. Here are just a few symptoms typical after a miscarriage as well as some helpful tips to take care of yourself following a miscarriage.

Physical Symptoms

  • Bleeding, heavy or light lasting 1-2 weeks.
  • Cramping lasting 1-10 days.
  • Low-grade fever.
  • Unusual vaginal discharge.
  • Breast Tenderness.
  • Nausea.
  • Diarrhea.

These symptoms can all be normal. However, if you are uncertain about any of your physical symptoms, it is always best to contact your doctor. After a miscarriage, it can be helpful to take a few days to rest and allow your body to physically recover. Your body has just undergone a difficult transition and your hormones are likely out of balance; you’ll need some time to adjust and heal.

Emotional Symptoms

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Disbelief
  • Anger
  • Numbness

These symptoms are also completely normal to feel after a miscarriage. You have suffered a loss. Again, even if you really did not want to be pregnant in the beginning, you have now lost your child. It is good to take some time to grieve and process through your emotions.

Take some time to rest, allow yourself to cry, and reach out to trusted loved ones for support. It is okay to ask for help, especially when you are grieving a loss. Talk with a friend to help release your emotions, ask a family member to come to help you clean your house. You will be okay, healing takes time. Ask for help. Be honest with your doctor. Take care of yourself and you will be okay again in time. Each day it will get a little easier to get up and keep moving forward.

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