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On top of having a well-balanced and nutritious diet, avoiding certain foods and taking care of your mental health is essential in supporting your post-abortion recovery too. This guide suggests a basic direction that you can follow. In fact, the food you eat can greatly affect your recovery and how quickly your wound heals. For this reason, it’s always wise to pay attention to the food not to eat after abortion or miscarriage. Generally speaking, the dietary habits that you should avoid after an abortion or miscarriage are dietary habits that may cause constipation or promote inflammation.
If you are wondering what constipation has to do with your recovery, constipation can add unnecessary stress on your incision site and make you feel more pain, so it is important that you avoid any foods that are likely to slow down your bowel movement. On the other hand, inflammation can delay healing and may result in increased scarring. In serious cases, long term inflammation can also lead to a long list of health complications, like arthritis and heart disease.
The foods that often lead to constipation generally cause inflammation as well. Unfortunately, these are also the foods that many find too tempting to stay away from. So if you feel the urge to binge on your favourite foods for the next few weeks, watch out if they are one of these:
Refined Carbs and High Sugar
Refined carbs like plain white rice, white bread, sweet desserts, pastries and drinks are normally found to be lower in fibre content. Adequate fibre and fluid intake are essential to lower your risk of constipation. Besides that, fibre from whole grains — which is absent in refined carbs — supports a healthy gut microbiome that produces anti-inflammatory byproducts which are essential for good health. Therefore, having refined carbs often may lead to the growth of inflammatory gut bacteria subsequently increasing the risk of inflammatory bowel disease later in life.
When cooked at high temperatures, processed meat formed more advanced glycation end products (AGEs) compared to other meats, which are known to cause inflammation. Also, processed meat is often high in sugar and fat with little fibre, making you more prone to constipation.
Snacking on foods like potato chips, prawn crackers, salted crisps are normally giving you empty calories with no nutrients. It is normally high in salt and fat content. It is also normally deep-fried. A diet that is high in saturated fat and trans fat promotes inflammation and interferes with a smooth recovery.
Excessive alcohol intake can slow down the rate of blood clotting and makes your blood thinner, which ultimately makes it longer for your incision site to heal. You will also face a higher risk of infection as alcohol may also weaken your immune system.
Confinement Food For Post-Abortion Care
With your body still under recovery, constantly paying attention to what you should eat and the food not to eat after abortion can be stressful. Wouldn’t it be great if you have a dietitian to help you plan your daily meals? Tian Wei Signature confinement food catering service is here for you. With the guidance of our in-house dietitian, we serve nutritious and nourishing confinement food to support your recovery. Our menu features a wide range of fusion and traditional Chinese confinement meals, so you don’t get bored with having the same food every day.
Depending on your preference, you also have the flexibility to leave out certain food ingredients in your meals. For example, you may opt-out lactogenic ingredients, chicken, eggs, herbs, or any other ingredients that you do not wish to have.
We offer a convenient daily lunch and dinner delivery service to your doorstep. Your daily meals are served in thermal flasks, biodegradable packaging and a thermal bag, so that you enjoy warm and fresh meals every time. Interested to learn more about our service? You can always reach us at +65 6727 5599 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
Caring For Your Mental Wellbeing After An Abortion
Abortion affects you in more ways than what is visible to the eyes. The truth is, going through an abortion is just as strenuous for the mind as it is for the body. So remember to pay attention to how you are feeling emotionally too. Here are some self-care tips that you may consider:
1. Give Yourself Time to Recover Emotionally
Feelings of hopelessness, guilt or shame may overwhelm you, and it’s ok to slowly take your time to feel like yourself again. Take a break from your usual errands, and try to talk about your feelings to your loved ones. This can help relieve any stress or anxiety that you may be having, and don’t be afraid to seek their help and support when you need it.
2. Find A Support Group
If you feel comfortable about sharing your feelings with people beyond your existing social circle, consider joining a support group with people who have also been through the same thing as you. You may consider joining a platform that offers support to people who are affected by abortion. Sometimes, having the support and guidance of those who have been through similar experiences can help you feel more reassured and at ease.
3. Get Enough Sleep
We understand how your emotions may be keeping you up in the night during this transition stage in your life. Take all the time you need to recollect your thoughts and heal emotionally. Meanwhile, try to get sufficient, good quality sleep too. Apart from good nutrition, sleeping well is also important for your recovery as it helps you regulate your hormones and restore a good hormonal balance. Some ways to improve your sleep quality include limiting your caffeine intake to 200 to 300mg per day, and make your sleeping environment more comfortable if needed.
A Final Word
This is definitely not an easy stage in your life, and everything that you feel right now may seem like they are going to last forever. To move forward, restoring your health and wellbeing is the most important thing you should focus on right now. So do take care of your diet, get support from the people around you, and most importantly, treat yourself with more patience, kindness and empathy.