Pregnancy demands a lot from your body, as does a miscarriage. Yet, where do you start to heal after a pregnancy loss? Experiencing miscarriage is very, very hard on so many levels. Nourishing your body with the foods you eat is the best first step. It’s important to work on healing emotionally, too. This article shares recommendations on ways to nourish yourself after a miscarriage.
Food is Nourishment!
You may not feel like eating much, but following a natural Fertility Diet will help replenish nutrients and support your body in its natural recovery process.
1. Make sure to cover the basics every day: quality protein; essential fats; fresh fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed, whole grains. Try healthy takeout options or quality prepared foods if you’re not up for cooking.
2. Choose organic, nutrient dense foods with vibrant colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) for the fastest recovery. Include plenty of:
- Vitamin C foods. Vitamin C can help decrease bleeding, support collagen production and promote tissue healing after a miscarriage. Choose: cherries, guava, mustard greens, papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, cauliflower, kale, elderberries, spinach, tomatoes, and citrus fruit.
- Iron-rich foods. Irons builds the blood and helps fight anemia related to miscarriage bleeding. Choose: beets, blackstrap molasses, organic dulse (a seaweed), dark leafy greens, legumes, organic eggs, organic grass fed beef, and organic liver.
3. Resist the temptation to fall into unhealthy patterns like skipping meals; or overdoing junk foods, alcohol, caffeine or sugar. Fight the urge to overmedicate or overeat to ease emotional pain. Fertility Smoothies are an easy way to nourish and can be quick!
Nourish Your Mind and Heart Too!
Give yourself time to heal mentally and emotionally. Some ideas include…
- Take some time off if it feels right for you.
- Practice mind-body therapies like aromatherapy, art, journaling, or guided meditations to decrease stress and improve mood.
- Schedule some time with a trusted friend, or get away with your partner.
- Honor Miscarriage Through Ritual for closure.
- Look into counseling with a therapist experienced with loss if your grief is profound and long lasting.
Be Kind To Yourself
Struggling with feelings of pain, sorrow, anger or guilt is very real and common. Be kind to yourself! Having a miscarriage is not your fault! Your mind and body need extra care during this tough time. Ask for help when you need it. A Fertility Consultation can be a good choice for support after miscarriage and fertility challenges. Whatever path you choose, know that you’re not alone. It’s okay to start your healing process now.
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- Barton-Shuster, D.. (2018). D&C (Dilation and Curettage): Natural Preparation and Recovery. Retrieved from: https://natural-fertility-info.com/dc-dilation-preparation-recovery.html