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.
Tips & Tricks
Prunes and dates are known to strengthen the uterus muscles and ease child delivery. They also reduce chances of bleeding that might occur after delivery.
Methi (Fenugreek) induces and eases the child birth during labor by stimulating uterine contractions and reducing the labor pain. However, excess intake during pregnancy could be counter active as it increases the risk of miscarriage as well as premature childbirth.
One of the ways to tell a false labour from a true one is to time the contractions. False labour contractions are irregular and die down with time, while true labour contractions come at regular intervals and are persistent.
Make a checklist of all things you need to take to the hospital and pack them in your bag so that it’s all ready when you need it. Remember to pack the baby’s stuff too like clothes, nappies, blankets, booties and mittens.
To soothe labour pain, place a hot water compress bag (take care not to fill it with boiling water) on the aching areas and massage your back gently.