A pregnancy loss can be a very difficult experience to go through. You may experience a roller coaster of emotions as well as physical symptoms as your body recovers. It takes a few weeks to a month to recover from a miscarriage. The recovery will depend on how far along you were into the pregnancy.
Physical changes after a miscarriage
After a miscarriage, your body may go through the following changes :
- Vaginal bleeding similar to menstrual pain. This may last up to a week after a miscarriage.
- Spotting or light bleeding
- Lower abdominal pain similar to menstrual cramps with may last up to 2 days after a miscarriage .
- Normal period should resume between 3 to 6 weeks depending on your cycle.
- Breast discomfort, engorgement or leaking milk. Ice pack and supportive bra may relieve this discomfort . This discomfort usually stops within a week.
- Some pregnancy hormones remain in the blood for one to two months after a miscarriage.
How can i prevent an infection after a miscarriage ?
- Do not douche .
- Instead of using tampons, use sanitary pads. Wait until your next period to use tampons again.
- Do not have sexual intercourse .
- Take showers instead of baths .
- Do not go into hot tubs or swimming pools.
If you doctor prescribed antibiotics for you, it is every essential to take the medication exactly as prescribed even if the symptoms improve after taking the antibiotics.
When can i go back to normal activities?
You can resume normal activities as soon as you feel able. However it is important to ask your doctor for more specific instructions regarding any vigorous exercise after a miscarriage.
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Miscarriage. March of Dime.https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/miscarriage.aspx. Accessed December 26th, 2020