7 Helpful Tips After a Miscarriage

7 Helpful Tips After a Miscarriage

Sometimes there isn’t an explanation for a miscarriage and it makes it even harder to accept.  After a year of trying to get pregnant, I had given up thinking motherhood wasn’t for me.  The following month, I realized I was over a week late for my period and I took a pregnancy test.  To my surprise, it was positive!  I was thrilled and told my mom immediately!  I went to the store and bought the cutest booties I could find and told my husband we were going out after work.  I presented him with the booties at dinner and I could see the expression on his face go from disbelief, excitement, and fear!  We were having a baby! 

Our excitement ended the very next day.  I started bleeding at work and I called my husband crying.  He picked me up from work and we went straight to the Emergency Room.  I still remember when the doctor came in and told me it was likely that I was miscarrying.  It was an awful feeling.  

I am fortunately to have found Mary Echols, this week’s guest blogger.  Mary is an RN and her blog is all about pregnancy.  I feel she is especially qualified to talk about miscarriage and the steps to healing we may need after experiencing one.  If you’ve ever had a miscarriage or maybe you may be going through it right now, try these 7 tips by Mary that can help you heal in more than one way.

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What to Expect After a Miscarriage

Pregnancy is journey that is filled with many twists and turns from the moment of conception until delivery. Unfortunately, this journey can end abruptly in miscarriage. Miscarriage is defined as a loss of a pregnancy during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.  What few people realize is that Miscarriage is not only the end of pregnancy, but also the end of dreams and hopes for that baby and family you imagined.  After a miscarriage, you may often feel you are alone and it was your fault.  

I want you to know: it is not your fault and you are not alone.

Experiencing a miscarriage can cause you to feel lost and trying to begin again and decide the new normal for you and your family. It can be difficult to know what to do after a miscarriage and what to expect.  I have listed 7 helpful tips that will help you through your miscarriage.

7 helpful tips after a miscarriage
7 Helpful Tips After a Miscarriage
  1. Guilt – As difficult as it may be: know the miscarriage is not your fault.
  2. Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment – Speak with your doctor/midwife about a plan. Your miscarriage may be diagnosed through an ultrasound or when fetal heart tones are not heard.
  3. Ask Questions – Questions your doctor may ask:
    • Did you have vaginal bleeding?
    • Did you experience any cramping?
    • Did you pass any blood clots?
  1. Testing – Expect to have several ultrasounds and your blood drawn several times.
    • Your blood may be drawn several times to test for HCG
      • HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which is a substance made by the developing placenta and found in your body during pregnancy. Your blood may possibly be drawn until the level is low and does not show any signs of pregnancy
  1. Possible Medications and Procedures –  Prepare yourself after speaking with your doctor/midwife
    • Your provider may offer a D&C
      • D&C (Dilation and Curettage) is a surgical procedure to remove pregnancy tissue
    • Your provider may offer medication to help you pass the pregnancy tissue
    • You may experience heavy amounts of bleeding, cramping, diarrhea and nausea (Speak with your provider on what is normal and when to go to the emergency room.)
  2. Take Things One Day at a Time – Expect to feel sad. Allow yourself to grieve. This is the loss of your baby. Give yourself permission to mourn this child. Know it is okay to love your baby and allow yourself to miss the child you love, even if you have never met them.
  3. Support Groups – I cannot express how important it is to surround yourself with people who have experienced what you have experienced and understand your thoughts and feelings. It is important for you and your family to discuss everything you are feeling. Remember there is no shame is discussing how you are coping with miscarriage. Support groups on-line or in person can be helpful.  Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc (www.nationalshare.org) list local support groups and offer online resources that helps with grief and healing, (ACOG,2015).

*You may have other concerns over your miscarriage experience and I encourage you to speak with your doctor/midwife about all concerns you have regarding your miscarriage.  

Miscarriage is a sad experience. It is the loss of your baby, your hope and your dreams. It can be difficult to navigate the journey. I want you to know, you are not alone and it is not your fault. It does not mean you will never conceive or carry a baby to delivery again. Speak with your doctor about what to do and what to expect. Give yourself time to grieve and acknowledge this baby and know hope is always there.


About the Author: Mary Echols

My name is Mary Echols,and I ‘m the
creator of The Adventures of Pregnancy. I am a wife, mother,
Nurse and ‘Champion of all Pregnant Women’ !

Connect with M. Echols,RN,BSN,MSN Website | Instagram

 

 

 


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  • Kelli A

    A miscarriage is so hard on a family. Knowing positive ways to support those who are hurting through the process is one of the best tips there is..

  • http://adukeschulist.com Aduke Schulist

    What a hard subject to discuss. Miscarriage is not easy, and society treats it as a taboo. I think it’s so important for these women to know they aren’t alone.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    This was such an important post to write. We suffered 3 miscarriages and it was awful. In retrospect, I wish I would have found a support group. It was hard to deal with on our own.

  • http://clementinecounty.com Melanie Walsh

    I was so grateful others had shared their stories online when I had a miscarriage. It provided the information I needed but reminded me I wasn’t alone.

  • Stephanie Pass

    I have been lucky to not experience this. But, it can be so devastating. These are good tips to remember.

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