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Physical considerations after miscarriage

Physical considerations after miscarriage


After a woman miscarries, it can take many days, or even many weeks, for her to physically heal and recover. Exactly how long this will be is very individual for each woman and will often depend on:

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  • How advanced the pregnancy was.
  • How heavy the bleeding was.
  • How the miscarriage unfolded and if there were any complications.

If the miscarriage has left you feeling physically unwell, possibly because you lost a lot of blood or required an operation (particularly for ectopic pregnancies) then it may take you a while to feel strong and back to full health. Try to rest as much as possible, take time off work or study if you can, have someone help with other children if you have them and eat regular, nourishing meals. Your doctor may ask you to have a medical check up about 3 to 6 weeks after the miscarriage to make sure you have recovered.

Some women will be anaemic after their miscarriage. Anaemia is a low haemoglobin (or low red blood cell count) that can cause feelings of excessive tiredness, lethargy, irritability and physical weakness. Your caregiver may recommend an iron supplement and possibly some dietary changes to help with this. You can read more in iron and iron supplements.

You may wish to consult with your natural health practitioner about some supporting remedies. Homoeopaths may suggest Arnica, Ferrum metallicum or Calcarea phosphoricum. Herbalists may recommend nettle, as well as things like vitamin C, Echinacea and garlic to boost your immune system. You may find acupuncture helps in balancing your hormones and general health.

Most women have questions about their physical health, and what to expect during the time following their miscarriage. The most common issues that come up include:

Bleeding and infections

Sexual intercourse

Conceiving again

Milk coming in

Bleeding and infections

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