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Tips for Planning Pregnancy After Miscarriage

Updated on October 4, 2014
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Natasha Pelati has published three books of poetry and writes on real-life experiences with the help of psychology.

Tips for planning a baby after miscarriage
Tips for planning a baby after miscarriage

A miscarriage is the worst thing that can happen to an excited mother to be. You have prepared yourself for the baby, told everyone you know and have been shopping for baby clothes and things for your little gift to come into the world only to loose your pregnancy and all you are left with are the emotional scars after the pregnancy symtoms go away.

It is possible to fall pregnant and have a healthy baby after a miscarriage.

Don't continue to ask yourself why it has happened, don't think of what you did wrong and don't obsess about it because the longer you keep on thinking about the miscarriage, the longer it will take for you fall pregnant again.

Recovery After a Miscarriage

After you have had a miscarriage and have been to have a D and E (Dilation and Evacuation) or a D and C, you need to take time to rest.

Depending on how far your pregnancy was is how much time it will take to recover. So if you were three months pregnant then it will take three months to get your body back to normal.

You will have pain and bleeding for one to two weeks after the operation and you will still have pregnancy symptoms like hot flushes, tender breasts and nausea.

Ensure that you rest, avoid lifting anything and avoid bathing for about twenty days because your uterus is not fully closed yet. Showers are fine but do so cautiously to avoid infection.

If you are going to be sexually active, wait at least three weeks and use a condom to avoid infection but also note that you are very fertile and you could fall pregnant while you are not ready.





Physical Preparation

Take folic acid supplements and eat vegetables that contain folic acid three months before you want to conceive. Folic acid prevents birth defects and makes for a stronger embryo.

Foods that contain folic acid are: green vegetables, beef, eggs, berries, avo, grapefruit, oranges and bran flakes.

Add green vegetables to your diet that contain selenium ( a mineral that protects your body from bacterial properties that can do damage to the DNA.

Foods that contain selenium are: asparagus, brussel sprouts, celery and broccoli.


Don't Do!!!!!

Smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs can destroy your chances of falling pregnant so avoid these at all costs!

Stopping these will increase your fertility and prevent another miscarriage from happening!

Reduce your intake of caffeine for higher chances of conception.

Exercise

It is important to find a daily routine to prevent potential complications in pregnancy.

It doesn't have to be something extreme but find an exercise routine that will suit you and your lifestyle. Don't overdo it but do something regularly at least three to four months before you think of conceiving again.

If you are overweight or obese be sure to consult a doctor before you start exercising.

Don't do anything drastic as this will create stress for your body.


Three Month Preparation

Avoid an kind of stress and find an outlet for it. Listen to music and take time out for yourself to keep stress levels down and your energy levels up.

Just put into your mind that it will take three months for you to prepare your body for a pregnancy.

Eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol, smoking and anything that could destroy fertility levels.

Find a suitable exercise regime and stick to it regularly.

Get enough sleep.

Avoid stress.

Take your folic acid.

Consult your doctor.



Music
Music
Exercise
Exercise
Laughter
Laughter

Mental Preparation

Miscarriage can happen to anyone and it is not about your age or what you did wrong, just think of it as it was not in God's plan for you then.

It helps to talk about what has happened to you and how you feel about it but don't take too long.

Get rid of the hospital arm band and discard anything that reminds you of your miscarriage and whilst doing this say goodbye to it for good and once it's gone you must put into your mind that you will now be ready to try again.

Clear your mind and FORGET about the miscarriage and understand that it will take you three months to prepare for your pregnancy so you need to be healthy both physically and mentally.

Don't think of what can go wrong just think of doing all the right things in order to get yourself pregnant.

Concentrate on your eating plan and exercise routine and think of nothing else but health.

Listen to music, watch comedies (lots of them!) and you will be on the road to recovery.

By the time three months are up you will be ready to fall pregnant because you will be healthy and know that you have done everything you can to prepare physically. The rest is up to God and all you can do is live your life knowing that it will happen soon!


Scream
Scream
Cry
Cry
And get strong!
And get strong!

Shout, scream, cry and get it out of your system in order to become mentally stronger for your next pregnancy.

Don't be scared because it could happen to anyone and unfortunately it happened to you but you have a second chance and for that to happen you have to put the past behind you and forget about the nightmare you have just been through.

Get your body back on track by exercising, eating healthy and taking your folic acid and the next thing you know YOU WILL BE PREGNANT!

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Actually, I wrote this article after my miscarriage and I have been through the experience and it was not a pleasant one, in fact, it is still very difficult to cope with because every opportunity you get to want to fall pregnant gives you a secret fear of losing the baby again. The best advice I can give is to get back on track emotionally by exercising and not going into a depression by eating the right foods to keep you healthy, and yes I took folic acid but I still lost the baby. It is a heartbreaking experience and one that many women cannot get over because the experience and hospitals etc are horrific and daunting. The best way to want to try again is to ENSURE that you are healthy by exercising, quiting smoking, drinking and preparing yourself mentally and physically way before you try again.

      The stress of having a miscarriage is something that you can't explain to someone that has not been through this, but those that have will know that it is POSSIBLE to fall pregnant and you do need to be healthy.

      There is nothing patronising about this article and for many there are other issues that do not allow them to fall pregnant the traditional way, however anything is possible and I have many people that have been through the most shocking procedures to try to fall pregant, the possibilty is there and you do need a positive outlook, support system and a good gynae to help you.

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      Lex 3 years ago

      What a patronising article. Clearly not written by someone with a heart or experience of this matter - "get your body back on track by exercising, eating healthy and taking your folic acid and the next thing you know YOU WILL BE PREGNANT!" Sadly not for a lot of women - articles like this hurt people you know.

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      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Not a pleasant topic but hopefully helpful

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Informative hub. ^