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There are many things that can go wrong with a pregnancy and lead to a miscarriage. Just like any other loss, a miscarriage can be very emotionally overwhelming for a woman. In fact, it comes with mental trauma and physical distress.
That’s why it very important to take care of a few things right after a miscarriage to ensure faster recovery for the body and mind. We got in touch with Dr Surabhi Siddharta, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital, to tell you some measures women need to take after a miscarriage for the sake of your health.
1. Rest for a week if you had a miscarriage in your first trimester
Unfortunately, if you were in your first trimester when the miscarriage happen, you need to take rest for at least a week. “To regulate the bleeding it is always advisable to stay at home,” says Dr Siddhartha.
2. You’ll need bed rest if it happened between 6 to 8 weeks
Dr Siddharta suggests that complete bed rest for one-and-a-half months in this case. She also recommends consumption of iron-rich food and multi vitamins for faster recovery.
3. Avoid doing household chores
“Lifting things or doing heavy-duty household tasks might lead to more discomfort, so avoid chores as much as possible,” she warns.
4. Don’t skip medication
According to Dr Siddharta it is very important to take the medication prescribed by your doctor on time and complete the entire course so as to avoid infections.
5. Avoid sexual intercourse
Right after a miscarriage, the uterus is very sensitive therefore she recommends avoiding sexual intercourse completely until the bleeding doesn’t stop. “I recommend a gap of at least six weeks from the miscarriage for sexual intercourse to avoid complications,” Dr Siddhartha says.
6. Don’t douche
“Douching after a miscarriage is a complete no-no. Plus the woman should also avoid using vaginal washes during this time,” she says.
7. No intense workout sessions
This is the time when you should take rest to recover from the physical trauma of a miscarriage. Dr Siddharta says: “Gyming, weight training, HIIT, etc are not recommended right after a miscarriage. If you want to exercise then you can opt for yoga and some breathing techniques. They will also keep you stress free.”
Being in touch with your gynaecologist during this time is important
“Until 20 weeks a miscarriage can happen and you need to be in constant touch with your doctor untill you are fully recovered,” explains Dr Siddhartha. Also, you need to watch out for complications like heavy bleeding, foul smell from your vagina, fever, and severe abdominal pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, rush to the hospital immediately.
“Miscarriages are normal these days due to stress and our lifestyle. So even if it happens then you should not worry because, after a couple of months, you can start planning your family again,” she concludes.