What To Do After Miscarriage: Navigating Loss & Finding Confidence

What To Do After Miscarriage: Navigating Loss & Finding Confidence

What To Do After Miscarriage > Miscarriage is a devastating experience that affects countless individuals and couples worldwide. It occurs when a pregnancy ends before the 20th week, resulting in the loss of the fetus. It’s important to understand that miscarriage is incredibly common, with estimates suggesting that up to 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage (Dugas & Slane, 2022). Nearly 20% of miscarriages happen before the mother is even aware of the pregnancy (Ho et al., 2022). If you’ve been wondering what to do after miscarriage, know that you are not alone and that there are answers.

There are various causes of miscarriage, including genetic abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, uterine abnormalities, and maternal health conditions. Nearly 40% of miscarriages are a result of chromosomal abnormalities (Pylyp et al., 2017). Teratergyns, which are specific substances known to cause congenital disabilities, like alcohol, tobacco, and certain medications, can also contribute to difficulties in carrying your pregnancy to term.

The risk of miscarriage also increases with age and becomes more concerning for many women, particularly those over 35. In this blog post, I will highlight the significance and role of your psychological health, especially after a miscarriage. I’ll also give you actionable practices to help you renew your hope in your body and fertility so you are well informed about what to do after a miscarriage.

In my nearly 30-year-long career, I’ve rarely encountered a case of true infertility.  I have had the honor of meeting and helping countless women and families reignite their desire and live their dreams of having healthy babies despite years of struggles, failed treatments, and miscarriages. I am confident in my ability to help you see your dreams through, too. Let’s unpack what to do after miscarriage and explore effective ways to face loss so you can start taking the next steps toward your baby goals.

What To Expect After Miscarriage: Physical Changes & Emotions 

Experiencing a miscarriage can evoke profound emotions, leaving you not knowing what to do after your miscarriage and feeling like you’re not in control of your fertility. It’s vital to understand that most miscarriages do not result from anything the parent did or didn’t do, nor do they define fertility. Keep this in mind: miscarriages happen mostly because something is wrong, and it is a natural process that protects you from potential harm. 

This doesn’t lessen the extreme pain. Giving yourself the space to grieve and acknowledge your emotions is vital in healing from the emotional effects of miscarriage. Remember that your response to this event is unique, and there is no universally correct way to feel or time frame for mourning and healing after a miscarriage. Prioritizing and adequately supporting your physical and emotional well-being during recovery is crucial for your long-term fertility, overall health, and your future baby’s.

To help make deciding what to do after miscarriage easier, I want to share how you can protect yourself and your future baby from miscarriages, chromosomal abnormalities, and several other potentially life-threatening conditions for a developing fetus.

Changes To Expect After Miscarriage

Physically, your body requires time to heal, and it’s vital to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations on what to do after a miscarriage, which may involve rest, avoiding strenuous activities, and adhering to prescribed medications. After a miscarriage, the body goes through several physical changes as it returns to its pre-pregnancy state. These changes can include the following:

Bleeding:

The most common physical change after a miscarriage is bleeding. The amount of bleeding can vary from woman to woman, but it is usually heavier than your average menstrual period and may last for several days or weeks. The average amount of bleeding after a miscarriage is about 4 to 6 weeks. However, some women may bleed for only a few days, while others may bleed for longer,  heavier at first, and tapering off (Promislow et al., 2006).

If you are concerned about experiencing extended bleeding, please talk to your doctor to address any potential issues. If you are uncertain of what to do after a miscarriage or need any advice about your fertility, you can lean on your FPI Team for support.

Cramping:

Another common physical change after a miscarriage is cramping. The cramping is caused by the uterus contracting to expel the pregnancy tissue (NIH, 2017). The cramping can be mild or severe and may come and go for several days. The cramping should subside within a week or two after the miscarriage. However, if you are still experiencing cramping after 4 weeks, it is important to see your doctor. There may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. If you are unsure or have any questions or worries you’d like cleared up about what to do after a miscarriage, please schedule an FPI Fertility & Pregnancy Consultation today.

Mood changes:

It is common to experience mood changes after a miscarriage. These changes can include sadness, grief, anger, anxiety, and an overwhelming numbness (Nynas et al., 2015). It is essential to permit yourself to experience these emotions without self-judgment. Recognize that the healing process is gradual, and it is perfectly acceptable to take as much time as you need to grieve and process what you’ve experienced. Engaging in self-care practices can facilitate this healing journey.

Consider activities like journaling, meditation, or pursuing hobbies that bring you joy. Allow yourself to feel these emotions and seek support from loved ones, a therapist, or your loving FPI Village. Knowing exactly what to do after a miscarriage can become less of a challenging thought when you have the proper support.

Hormonal changes:

During pregnancy, your body produces high levels of hormones, including estrogen, hCG, and progesterone. These hormones help to maintain the pregnancy and prepare your body for childbirth. After a miscarriage, the levels of these hormones drop rapidly (Jukic et al., 2010). This can cause a number of physical and emotional changes, including fatigue, irritability, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, vaginal bleeding, and cramping.

The hormonal changes after a miscarriage can vary from woman to woman. Some women may experience only mild symptoms, while others may experience more severe symptoms. The duration of the hormonal changes also varies. In most cases, the symptoms will subside within a few weeks. However, for some women, the symptoms may last longer. With our Superbaby Nutraceuticals, you can address hormonal imbalances by supporting your nutrient status and nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals known to balance hormones and alleviate, and protect against stress damage.

It is crucial to understand that everyone’s path to recovery varies; there is no fixed timetable for healing, and no one expects you to know what to feel or what to do after a miscarriage. Exercise patience with yourself and allow your emotions to evolve at your own pace. If you discover that your grief significantly impacts your daily life or persists beyond what you expected, do not hesitate to seek support from a mental health professional.

Their expertise can provide valuable assistance during this challenging period. I encourage you to join our unbelievably supportive group – The Art & Science of Getting Pregnant. Surrounding yourself with others who have walked a similar path and share similar experiences to yours and sharing your feelings with those who genuinely relate can benefit your healing process.

Join your FPI Village – The Art & Science of Getting Pregnant today.

I Had A Miscarriage, Now What?

This is probably the most emotionally turbulent point of this experience – “I’ve had a miscarriage, now, what do I do?” After a miscarriage, many individuals and couples may have questions about future pregnancies and family planning. The solutions around pregnancy are vast, making it a challenge to figure out what to do after miscarriage. It’s crucial to have open and honest conversations with your healthcare provider about your options and any concerns you may have. They can provide guidance based on your specific situation and medical history. You can also reach out to your highly specialized FPI Team for sound advice on your options and next steps if you are wondering what to do after miscarriage.

Talk to your highly specialized FPI Team today.

For some, trying to conceive again may be a priority, while others may need time to heal before attempting another pregnancy after a loss as heavy as miscarriage. The chance of having another miscarriage is about 20% (Turesheva et al., 2023). This means that 80% of women who have had a miscarriage before will go on to have a successful pregnancy and healthy baby. It’s important to listen to your body and honor your feelings while healing and discovering what to do after a miscarriage. Remember that it’s okay to take a break and focus on self-care if that’s what feels right for you.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of another miscarriage, your healthcare provider may recommend additional testing or treatments. These may include genetic testing, hormone therapy, or closer monitoring during future pregnancies. It’s important to have open and honest communication with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for you. Your FPI Team can offer you the support and guidance you need to make the best decisions about your next steps.

What To Do After Miscarriage For Your Emotional Well-Being

I want to share an unbelievably liberating exercise from the Primemester Protocol that has been transformational for many Mamas who have been in your position (struggling to figure out what to do after miscarriage), healed, and started their beautiful families. Healing and moving forward from miscarriage is equal parts a physical and psychological process that can not exclude either aspect. The emotional and psychological factors are by far the most challenging and pivotal to shaping the fertility story you dream of. I’m here to help make this part of the journey a little easier.

Before I dive all the way into this practice, I must mention that it is only one of the many life-changing teachings you will find in the Primemester Protocol. The Primemester Protocol is your ultimate resource for achieving your healthiest fertility, pregnancy, baby, and long life, even after years of losses or failed treatments. Learn how to turn your mind and body into an optimal, welcoming environment and so much more with the Primemester Protocol.

This practice aims to help you foster a better relationship with yourself through forgiveness, a pivotal contributor to self-love. When you forgive yourself, life, and others, you empower yourself. It allows you to let the weight of this painful experience go so you can heal psychologically. Remember, your mind is what ignites and stears the fertility outcomes you’ve dreamed of, and supporting its well-being is integral to your reproductive function.

Unpack the intergenerational benefits of the Primemester Protocol here.

1. Forgiveness

When it comes to your emotional state and knowing what to do after a miscarriage, this is where it all begins – and it starts with forgiving yourself. This act of forgiveness is like a powerful remedy, and the absence of it can be like poison (Clabby, 2019). So, begin by forgiving yourself for anything you might think you did or didn’t do that may have contributed to your miscarriage.

Also, forgive life for throwing this difficult situation your way. I’d like to share a modified version of the Hawaiian ho’oponopono prayer that can assist you in forgiving yourself and the challenges you’ve faced. It goes like this: “I forgive myself, I forgive you, I’m sorry, thank you, I love you, I love me.” You can repeat this prayer to yourself whenever feelings of shame or guilt arise to help ease your mind. Forgiving yourself is the key to letting go of the hurt this experience brings so you can heal.

2. Promise

Make yourself the promise to never bear the weight of your emotions alone, especially following a miscarriage. Reach out to someone who knows, loves, and accepts you without judgment, and let them know how you feel. Knowing that you’re not alone and having the support you need is crucial during this time for your healing (Alqassim et al., 2022).

If you think that you won’t find the support you desire from your immediate circle, you can always join our FPI Village and reach out to the loving Mamas. Many of the Mamas in your FPI Village are on a similar path to yours, many with the same dream of becoming a Mama. Many have faced hardships on this path and can relate to your feelings and experiences, and some have even asked themselves the same question- What do I do after a miscarriage?

3. Daily Practice

I talked in detail about the Primemester Protocol and highlighted the life-altering daily mirror practice and fertility affirmations in previous blogs (I encourage you to give them a thorough read to immerse yourself in the healing gems you’ll find). Fostering a positive fertility mindset is vital for reaching the outcomes you desire out of your life, fertility, and future baby (Cascio et al., 2015). These practices aim to help you cultivate and maintain a healthy mindset toward life, fertility, and your future so your body can start welcoming the creation of your healthy future baby. To help you see your fertility’s true and full potential, I invite you to lean on the Primemester Protocol as your guide and all-inclusive solution.

4. Meditation Kundalini Mantra

I want to teach you a mantra I have used since I was 25 and taught to thousands of others through the Primemester Protocol. I’ve watched many families, women, and couples grow and benefit greatly from its power. I like to call it the “Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful Mantra.” Repeat this to yourself as often as needed until you feel it resonate throughout your body and bring you peace. “ I am the light of my soul, I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am bliss. I am. I am. I am.”

I’ve made a checklist for you to make accessing this forgiveness practice easier. It’s important to keep consistent, especially when you experience feelings of guilt, shame, and loss when you feel most unworthy of these words. This will help you counter these thoughts and protect you from their impact.

Miscarriage: What To Do After

Wondering what to do after a miscarriage can be an incredibly vulnerable position. Many women feel like they are not in control of their fertility and are at the mercy of fate after a miscarriage, along with a debilitating sense of loss. It’s important to know that you are not alone and that this moment in your life, though significant, is not the end of your fertility journey. Your dream of becoming a Mama is still valid and possible, and I’d like to tell you one of the ways you can achieve it.

Miscarriages are incredibly taxing on the mind and body, and supporting your whole self is crucial for your future well-being and the healthy development of your baby through the primemester, the 120-day window of magic before conception, pregnancy, postpartum, and full life, with our Superbaby Nutraceuticals range of female fertility supplements. They are thoughtfully created to support each individual phase of your fertility, your baby’s development, health, and long life. With our Extra Neural Tube & Chromosomal Care, you can actively protect your developing baby against neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, miscarriage, autism & related autism spectrum disorders. 

Prime Pre-Pregnancy & Prenatal helps shield your baby from fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, and an increased risk of chronic diseases in later life. The Superbaby Nutraceuticals range offers much more for you and your partner or donor, benefiting your whole family.

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Dr. Cleopatra

Dr. Cleopatra, President & Chief Scientific Officer of The Fertility & Pregnancy Institute (FPI), is a passionate fertility strategist on a mission. With over 27 years of experience, she has developed the Primemester Protocol, a data-driven approach that empowers women globally. Her mission is to reverse reproductive aging, facilitate quicker and easier pregnancies, reduce miscarriage risks, and fulfill dreams of welcoming a superbaby™.

Dr. Cleopatra’s journey began at the age of 18 when she embarked on scientific research at the University of Miami. Her determination led to groundbreaking concepts like the Primemester™, offering a unique pre-pregnancy window to enhance future generations’ genetic quality. With her studies spanning 18 countries and six continents, she continues to empower women worldwide to biohack their superbabies.

FAQ’s:

  1. Q1: What should I do after a miscarriage?

    A1: After a miscarriage, it's essential to prioritize both your physical and emotional well-being. Physically, follow your healthcare provider's recommendations, which may involve rest and medication. Emotionally, allow yourself to grieve and process your feelings at your own pace. Seek support from loved ones, a therapist, or online communities like our FPI Village. Remember, there's no set timeline for healing.

  2. Q2: Why did I have a miscarriage, and what can I do to prevent another one?

    A2: Miscarriages can result from various factors, including genetic abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, and maternal health conditions. To prevent another miscarriage, consult your healthcare provider for guidance based on your situation. Our FPI Team can also offer support and advice tailored to your needs.

  3. Q3: What physical changes can I expect after a miscarriage?

    A3: Physical changes after a miscarriage may include bleeding, cramping, mood swings, and hormonal fluctuations. The duration and intensity of these changes can vary. If you have concerns about prolonged bleeding or persistent symptoms, consult your doctor or reach out to our FPI Team for guidance.

  4. Q4: When can I try to conceive again after a miscarriage, and what precautions should I take?

    A4: The timing of trying to conceive again depends on your physical and emotional readiness. Some women may try again soon, while others may need more time. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice. Our FPI Team can also assist you in making informed decisions about your next steps.

  5. Q5: How can I support my emotional well-being after a miscarriage?

    A5: Emotional healing is a crucial part of recovery. Practice self-forgiveness, seek support from loved ones and our FPI Village, and consider self-care activities like journaling and meditation. The Primemester Protocol includes daily mirror practices and fertility affirmations to foster a positive mindset.

  6. Q6: Are there supplements that can help support fertility and reduce the risk of miscarriage?

    A6: Yes, our Superbaby Nutraceuticals range offers female fertility supplements designed to support each phase of fertility and your baby's development. These supplements can help protect against neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and more. Consult with our FPI Team to explore these options further.

  7. Q7: What should I do if I'm struggling emotionally and need professional help after a miscarriage?

    A7: If your grief significantly impacts your daily life or persists, don't hesitate to seek support from a mental health professional. They can provide valuable assistance during this challenging period. Additionally, our FPI Village offers a supportive community of individuals who have experienced similar challenges.

  8. Q8: How common is it to have a miscarriage, and can it happen without knowing you're pregnant?

    A8: Miscarriage is common, with estimates suggesting up to 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Nearly 20% of miscarriages occur before a pregnancy is detected. It's essential to understand that miscarriages happen for various reasons, and you are not alone in experiencing them.

  9. Q9: Can age affect the risk of miscarriage?

    A9: Yes, the risk of miscarriage increases with age, particularly for women over 35. However, many women in their 30s and 40s go on to have successful pregnancies. It's essential to consult with healthcare providers or our FPI Team to discuss your unique situation and options.

  10. Q10: How can I nurture my fertility and increase my chances of a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage?

    A10: To nurture your fertility and improve your chances of a successful pregnancy, consider following the Primemester Protocol, which includes practices like the daily mirror practice, fertility affirmations, and the “Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful Mantra.” These practices help create a positive mindset and support your reproductive function. Consult with our FPI Team for personalized guidance.

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