How to Take Care Of Yourself after a Miscarriage

A miscarriage can be a very difficult experience for a woman, both emotionally and physically.  The tiredness and depression that often occur after a miscarriage can sometimes make it difficult for a woman to take care of herself after a miscarriage.  However, there are some things that you can to to be sure that you are taking proper care of yourself after a miscarriage.

The first thing that you should be aware of is that you may feel a variety of emotions after a miscarriage.  Many women experience one degree or another of grief after a miscarriage.  Some of the symptoms of grief can include unexpected tears, disturbing dreams, disturbed sleep patterns, disturbed eating patters, and mental confusion.  An important part of taking care of yourself after a miscarriage is to take these feeling of grief and try to address them, rather than hiding them, or feeling ashamed of having them.

You also might feel some degree of guilt after a miscarriage.  An overwhelming number of women who have miscarriages wonder if there was something different that they could have done to avoid having had the miscarriage.  The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of miscarriages are not caused by anything that the woman could have done differently.  Taking care of yourself after a miscarriage means working to overcome these sorts of feelings of guilt.

Physically, there are some things you need to do to take care of yourself after a miscarriage as well.  If at all possible, you should try to take some time off of work.  If you can’t take time off of work, make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night, and make sure that you are getting enough rest.  You should also pay attention to your bleeding.  The bleeding should become lighter and lighter, and stop within seven days.  If it does not, something is probably wrong, and you should consult with your health care provider.  While you are bleeding, you should not take a bath or use a swimming pool as you are particularly vulnerable to infections (although a shower is fine).

Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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