It is something nobody likes to talk about. Really, it’s not. Who wants to think about the possibility of losing their baby? However, it’s important to talk about on so many levels. Something I have noticed is that there isn’t a lot mentioned about what you can do to support your body during and after a miscarriage.
The physical aspect of a miscarriage isn’t one that should be ignored. For me, I know that I started exhibiting signs of my autoimmune disorder after my second miscarriage and it took almost two years to get a doctor to diagnose it!
I never knew that miscarriage was something that could last for weeks and could feel like actual labor. I’ve had three miscarriages, each different but each involved a time period that my body needed to physically heal.
It’s important to rest if your body feels like it needs rest. Don’t feel guilty for taking the time to put your feet up and nap if you need to. If you have little kids at home, sit on the couch with a pile of books near by and spend the morning reading and cuddling.
Drink lots of water. Water will help your body flush toxins as well as keeping you hydrated.
Support your liver! During a miscarriage you will be flushing a lot of hormones through your body in sometimes a short amount of time. Milk thistle is great because it’s gentle but will help with the excess hormones. Adding lemon to your water is also another gentle liver support.
Cramping is quite common with miscarriages. Most times for me, Red Raspberry is enough to help. Red Raspberry is also good to tone the uterus and can help the miscarriage along. Cramp bark is also good for cramping. But, don’t be afraid to take something over the counter for the pain if needed.
Excess bleeding is also another common issue for a miscarriage. It is something to be watchful of and to know when to seek help. Cayenne and Shepard’s purse ( I like to get my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs) are great herbs to have around as they will help stop bleeding.
If you tend to be on the anemic side, taking an iron supplement is a good idea during this time. Yellow dock is a great herbal iron support. I have friends that swear by it. I also really like Floradix.
Cell salts are also something that is helpful at supporting the body during times of stress. The cell salts don’t provide the body with minerals but help your body use the minerals that are already there. During one of my miscarriages I had horrible leg cramps and restless leg. I was already taking lots of magnesium but it didn’t help. The cell salts helped balance the magnesium and the cramps and the RLS stopped with use of them.
Overall, just be good to yourself. Try to eat healthy, nourishing foods but don’t forget that comfort is important too. Even if you find comfort in a bag of doritos…they’re gluten free, right?
Miscarriage can be a tough physical process, don’t be afraid to ask for help or take the time you need to heal.
What has helped you during a miscarriage?