What is a Period Like after a Miscarriage?
One of the most devastating things in a woman’s life is to experience a miscarriage. However, dealing with the aftermath of the miscarriage can also be difficult to handle.
If you are faced with the difficult task of moving on after a miscarriage, you may find yourself searching for answers regarding what to expect and how to get on with your life.
A miscarriage is classified as any pregnancy that terminates on its own. This is something that happens regularly before 12 weeks and many women do not even realize that they have experienced one because they may not even know that they were pregnant in the first place.
However, for those women who do realize that something has happened, you likely want to know what to expect next. It is important to note that every woman’s body reacts differently to a miscarriage so it may be difficult to predict exactly what you should expect after a miscarriage. While some women bleed regularly after, some do not see any sign of bleeding for several days or months following a miscarriage.
Many women see light or heavy bleeding for several days or weeks after losing the fetus. It is possible for it to leave and return after a few days, but if spotting stops and does not return for 20 consecutive days, this is now considered your first period following a miscarriage.
It is during this time that your body flushes out your uterus of any toxins that have been built up and begins the process of returning to normal. Your first period may arrive somewhere between four and six weeks after the miscarriage.
For your first period following a miscarriage, you may notice significant changes between this and your normal period. For example, if you are used to have lighter periods, this one may prove to be much heavier. This also happens in the opposite manner as well. Many women see blood clots during this time as well.
Because of the differences that women see, it is extremely difficult to predict what each individual woman should expect after a miscarriage. In general, our menstrual cycles are fairly unpredictable and we can see many changes just on a month to month basis.
If you were trying to get pregnant, it is important that you allow your body to have the time it needs to heal before trying again. Your body needs time to recover and repair itself before being thrown into being pregnant once more. By getting pregnant too soon, you may also be increasing your chances of another miscarriage as well.
Having a miscarriage can be an emotional event, but it is important to take care of yourself as you are recovering. Make sure that you are getting plenty of rest and eating the right foods to stay healthy. You should also continue to take your prenatal vitamin so that your body can replace the nutrients that it lost during the miscarriage.
If you do have a miscarriage, you should talk to your doctor and allow him to complete a physical in order to determine if there are any underlying causes of your miscarriage.
At times, women have a treatable medical condition that has caused the miscarriage, but other times the cause remains unknown. While you are recovering from a miscarriage, it is important to report any severe symptoms to your doctor right away.
Some serious medical conditions may be present that need to be addressed and you will need to have an examination immediately. The most important thing to remember when you have a miscarriage is not to blame yourself. Miscarriages are very common and there is nothing that you can do to prevent them in most situations.
However, you should be sure that you take good care of yourself while you are pregnant in order to lower your chances of having a miscarriage. Some women who have had miscarriages in the past should be certain that their doctor is monitoring them carefully through their pregnancy.
These women are usually considered high risk patients and need additional medical treatment in order to keep their pregnancies healthy and deliver a full term baby. With proper treatment and monitoring, it is possible to have another baby after a miscarriage, but you should first begin the process of healing before you try again.
Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.
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