First of all, I am so sorry if you are reading this because you recently lost your pregnancy. It is the most devastating experience that changes your life.
In Eastern holistic medicine, miscarriages are known as “small deliveries.”
After a miscarriage – whether you pass the baby naturally or have a D&C – you experience symptoms that are very similar to the ones you go through after a live birth, such as weakness due to blood loss, trouble walking due to loosening of pelvic muscles, and disruptions in hormonal balance.
Convalescence period after miscarriage
Kampo practitioners advise a 3-month focused convalescence period after a miscarriage, suggesting that if a woman’s body does not get full rest and care during this important period, she may experience long-term health consequences, including future fertility problems.
I did not have this knowledge when I had a miscarriage, and I do think that complicated my recovery. For months after miscarriage, I suffered dull pain in the lower back. And for nearly a year after miscarriage, I suffered symptoms of estrogen dominance. So I hope that you will take your convalescence period seriously.
Here is how kampo suggests you should recover:
First 10 days after miscarriage:
- Complete bed rest.
- Refrain from all work, including housework.
- Dress warmly and adjust air conditioning appropriately to stay warm and improve blood circulation.
- Go to sleep by 10pm everyday.
11 days – 1 month after miscarriage:
- Start easing back into daily routine, but whenever you feel pain or fatigue, you must rest.
- Refrain from intense exercise and travelling. Dress warmly and adjust air conditioning appropriately to stay warm and improve blood circulation.
- Go to sleep by 11pm everyday.
1 month – 3 months after miscarriage:
- Slowly adjust back into the routine.
- Continue to keep warm and go to sleep early.
How to nourish yourself after miscarriage
What you eat during the convalescence period drives how fast you recover physically from your loss. Your body needs warming, nutritious, and easy-to-digest food after a miscarriage. Think of having your wintery, soupy comfort foods.
What you should have frequently – Food with “warming” properties, most notably:
- Chicken soup or stew, made with bones
- Leek / spring onions
What to avoid – Food with “cooling” properties, such as:
- All types of cold food and beverage
- Fatty food
- So-called summer vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce)
- Tropical fruits
- Refined sugar
I hope this helps.