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We are sorry that something so heartbreaking happened. If you’re here, chances are you are looking it up for yourself or someone dear to you who has gone through a miscarriage.
Did you know that, while it may not look like a lot in statistics, miscarriage is unfortunately quite common among pregnant women? In Singapore, a rough estimate suggests that 10 to 20 out of every 100 pregnancies end in a miscarriage.
Many women resume their pre-pregnancy lifestyle immediately following a miscarriage. While they may feel fine doing so, this should not be the way to go about it. Someone who has been pregnant, regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy, should be treated and looked after with the same care and attention as someone who practices confinement.
The reality is that your body is undergoing a huge transformation. A miscarriage may affect one in more ways than meets the eye. It may also take a toll on your body, depending on how far along you were when it occurred.
Post-miscarriage symptoms may be remarkably similar to postpartum symptoms. In fact, just like the confinement period, the physical effects of a miscarriage may take up to six weeks to be treated. This is to be expected as your body has already adjusted and adapted itself to becoming a home for a growing baby. Hence, it is encouraged that you plan a healthy diet similar to one intended for recovering from childbirth, such as that of a Chinese confinement diet.
So, the main question is: what to eat after a miscarriage for fast recovery? Let’s dive right in with the list of foods for miscarriage recovery:
- Food to replenish blood
- Food to boost blood production
- Food to repair body tissues
- Food to give you energy
- Food to decrease milk supply
- Food to lift your mood
- Food to replenish blood
To increase your red blood cell count and blood production in your body, you will need to increase your intake of iron and Vitamin B12.
The best part is that there are many delicious iron-rich foods available, including red meat, fish, and leafy greens like spinach and kale. All of these are prominent sources of iron, which work in your red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body.
Eating nutritious foods that are high in iron can also substantially reduce your risk of anaemia and prevent fatigue. Additionally, try to drink blood nourishing drinks like red dates tea on a daily basis.
Food to boost blood production
Blood nourishing drinks can also help replenish your ascorbic acid or Vitamin C levels, which are known to effectively aid the body’s absorption of iron for better blood production. Also, if your hormones have caused breakouts during your pregnancy, Vitamin C will help to improve the condition of your skin.
Additionally, blood loss can cause dehydration, which can affect your complexion. This is where Vitamin C plays the biggest role, as it can hasten the formation of collagen and heal your wounds.
So, increase your intake of foods rich in Vitamin C like cauliflower, papaya, and broccoli. Even though citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits are the most well-known sources of Vitamin C, you may want to avoid them for a while if citrus flavours tend to irritate your stomach.
Food to repair body tissues
Miscarriage confinement food includes food to repair body tissues. Here’s why.
After a pregnancy loss, your womb expels tissues that may resemble a foetus or a fully formed baby – depending on how far along you were. As this occurs, your body will continue to work on repairing and building more tissues, which you could assist with the right foods.
Protein is among the best. In fact, it is good if your protein portion is the largest on your plate. Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and soy products are excellent sources of protein. Just make sure to remove the fats and skin from the meat you’re eating so that you’re getting mostly protein and not the extra fats.
Food to give you energy
Even if you have plenty of time to rest, it will not be enough to recharge your batteries. That is why carbohydrates are also on your list of foods to eat.
The main function of carbs is to provide energy to your body, which you truly need after what you’ve been through. If you deprive your body of its main source of fuel, you may be too weak to carry out your daily routine.
However, if you want to avoid refined carbs like white flour, white bread, white rice, and sweets, you can substitute them with whole-wheat pasta. If you want to add more variety, some starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn, also make good sources of carbs.
Food to decrease milk supply
If you were already far along when it occurred, you might still lactate after the loss.
So, to alleviate the aches in your breasts caused by blocked milk ducts and to prevent engorgement, you can eat more lactation-boosting foods like salmon and oatmeal. If it progresses to the point of inflammation, you can treat it with anti-inflammatory foods such as fatty fish.
On the other hand, if you have an overabundance of breast milk supply and you would like to reduce it, foods like parsley and peppermint are known to help a lot.
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Food to lift your mood
Last but not least, food to lift your mood, also known as “comfort food.”
Miscarriages are always more difficult to cope with emotionally. That is exactly why you should eat foods that can boost the production of feel-good hormones. One such food is chocolate.
According to research, there are also other foods like oats, bananas, and salmon that are claimed to be susceptible to low mood.
One thing to keep in mind is that, aside from carefully planning your diet, you should also treat yourself with the utmost care. This includes not lifting heavy items. Even in the early stages of pregnancy, your body undergoes big changes, from morning sickness to overwhelming fatigue.
So, no matter where or how your pregnancy ended, it is important that you prioritise your recovery above all else. And that starts with knowing what to eat after a miscarriage.
If you need more ideas on what to eat, you could always look through our menu or talk to us at Tian Wei Signature!