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A miscarriage is one of the most challenging things that may happen to an expecting mother, regardless of trimester or month of pregnancy.
It can be difficult to heal from such an experience and you will require all of the help you can get. It is also critical that you physically heal from the miscarriage.
In our article today, we will be looking at foods and fruits that you can eat after a miscarriage that may boost your recovery.
We understand that this is not something easy to recover from. On top of a balanced diet, a lot of emotional support, and even more rest will be required for a full physical and mental recovery.
A proper diet, on the other hand, is necessary for physical healing. This is because your body will be in a vulnerable situation following a miscarriage and will require sufficient food to recover fully. This article sheds some light on the foods that can help you recover swiftly from a miscarriage, as well as those that will not…so you know which to avoid.
It should be noted that post-miscarriage and postpartum circumstances are rather similar in that the physical effects may take up to six to twelve weeks to be treated. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that you plan a healthy diet similar to that of a Chinese confinement diet especially during your initial postpartum to support recovery.
What to Eat?
The question now becomes – what should you be eating after a miscarriage to boost your recovery?
We recommend the following list of food types:
Iron Rich Foods
Along with iron, you also need foods that are rich in Vitamin B12, Folate and Vitamin C. Having such foods will help to improve your red blood cell count and blood production in your body.
The great part is that there are many tasty iron-rich foods to choose from, such as red meat, and leafy greens like spinach and kale. All of these foods are high in iron, which helps your body to build new red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body.
Consuming iron-rich meals can significantly minimise your chances of anaemia and weariness. Additionally, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, blood-nourishing beverages such as red dates tea on a regular basis may be helpful too.
Pairing your iron rich foods with foods that are rich in Vitamin C are very helpful. Such foods help to increase the absorption of lower bioavailable iron rich foods like spinach, kale, amaranth, sweet potato leaves and more. Besides that, Vitamin C will also aid in wound healing, building collagen and promoting skin health. Some examples of vitamin C-rich foods include cauliflower, papaya, capsicums, broccoli and tomatoes would help your body along this journey.
Protein Rich Foods
Food to mend bodily tissues is included in miscarriage confinement food. This is why.
Your womb expels tissues that may resemble a foetus or a completely developed baby after a pregnancy loss, depending on how far along you were. Your body will continue to mend and grow additional tissues as a result of this, which you can help with the correct nutrients.
Protein is one of the most important nutrients. Protein can be found in lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans, and soy products. Simply remove the fats and skin off the meat you’re eating to ensure that you’re only getting protein and not excess fats.
Even if you have a lot of spare time, it won’t be enough to recharge your batteries. That is why carbohydrates should be included in your diet.
Carbohydrates’ primary role is to supply energy to your body, which you desperately require after everything you’ve been through. Regular carbohydrate intake also helps to regulate energy levels and insulin levels in the body. Insulin regulation is not only beneficial for regulating energy levels, it also regulates oestrogen levels too.
Refined carbs like white flour, white bread, white rice, and sweets are some of the examples of carbohydrates that have lower fibre content. Such carbohydrates are easily digestible, thus causing blood sugar spikes and dysregulated energy levels. If you’re unable to cut refined cold turkey, it’s always a good idea to start minimising it. One good tip is to try mixing your white rice with some wholegrains and gradually increasing your wholegrains from there as you tolerate more. Other complex carbohydrates you can also consider mixing with your white rice are starchy vegetables, such as pumpkin and maize as an extra variety.
Omega 3-DHA Rich Foods
Last but not least, “comfort food,” or food that lifts your spirits.
Miscarriages are always more emotionally difficult to deal with. That is why you should eat meals that promote the release of feel-good hormones. Omega 3-DHA rich fish is one of these foods. Omega 3-DHA has anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers find that mothers with adequate intake of Omega 3-DHA are associated with lower prevalence of postpartum depression or anxiety. This is probably due to how adequate intake of Omega 3-DHA helps to reduce inflammation caused by depression.
One thing to bear in mind is that, in addition to properly arranging your food, you should also take excellent care of yourself. This includes not lifting anything too heavy. it’s critical that you put your healing first and knowing what to eat after a miscarriage is the first step.
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