Care and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

Whether your pregnancy is terminated in the 8th week or the 20th week, it is a traumatic experience for the entire family. Not enough having to cope with the loss, it is physically as well as emotionally painful.

So What Exactly Happens During a Miscarriage?

Most miscarriages happen in the first three months of pregnancy, and very rarely after 20 weeks. One of the first signs of miscarriage is bleeding. Initially the bleeding could be light and then get heavy. It is usually accompanied by cramps. Some women experience pain, while some don’t.

For Pain Relief

Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken for relief from cramps. Sex, swimming, douching, and vaginal medications are to be avoided for at least a week or two until bleeding stops.

When to Call your Doc?

If the bleeding gets severe (soaking a sanitary pad in an hour), or show you any signs of infection (such as fever, achiness, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge), or feel excessive pain, call your practitioner immediately. If the heavy bleeding makes you feel weak and dizzy, you may be going into shock. In this case, rush to hospital immediately.

What are the Chances of Another Miscarriage?

It is natural that you may have apprehensions of another miscarriage. But according to fertility experts there’s nothing to worry with a single early pregnancy loss, if everything else has been normal.

However if you’ve had two successive miscarriages, your practitioner may ask you to get special blood and genetic tests. Some parishioners wait until you’ve had three continuous losses. In certain situations, such as if you had a second trimester miscarriage or an early third trimester premature birth from a weakened cervix, you might be referred to a high-risk specialist after a single loss.

When Can I Try To Conceive Again?

Normally, it is considered safe to try after your first period – post-miscarriage (It takes about four to six weeks before your period can resume). However, your practitioner will advice you on how long you have to wait before you can start trying to conceive again.

But do remember, your body may be ready but your mind may really not. So don’t be in a hurry. Wait till you completely recover. Take your time and if possible, get some counseling or find support groups. This could help you overcome your grief and bounce back faster.

 

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