What You Need to Know After a Miscarriage
There’s no doubt the loss of a pregnancy impacts you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether it’s your first or you have suffered multiple miscarriages, our Austin natural fertility practitioners are here to help you understand what has happened and support your recovery from what is often a devastating experience. Here are some things you need to know in order to cope and get your life back on track.
It often takes a few weeks for your hormones to return to normal, so you could experience fatigue, light spotting, abdominal cramps, and other symptoms during this time which are normal. If you have excessive bleeding, chills, fever, or abdominal pain that is severe, seek medical attention.
Feelings of grief and depression are often experienced by both partners following a miscarriage. Anger and hopelessness are common as well and it is important to know that you do not have to suffer in isolation. There are professional counselors who specialize in reproductive loss who can help. While they aren’t pleasant, strong emotions are normal and appropriate to have when grieving the loss of a baby.
Following a miscarriage, you may wonder how long you should wait before trying to conceive again. In most cases, fertility returns after one normal menstrual cycle but it is often recommended to take a few months to regain your strength. Your practitioner can advise you further if you have concerns about trying again too soon.
What are some of the conditions that could increase your risk of recurring miscarriages? Diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), abnormalities in the uterus, autoimmune disorders such as lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, inflammatory conditions like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and advanced maternal age are just a few.
The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help in many of these areas from balancing hormones and alleviating depression to increasing energy and enhancing fertility. Acupuncture is a natural, non-invasive treatment that helps ameliorate many underlying conditions while promoting reproductive health. From the physical impact of a miscarriage to the emotional and spiritual aspects, our Austin and Round Rock fertility specialists can help.