In October, we lost a baby in miscarriage. It was our second miscarriage, though this one was very different than the first one. It was much less emotionally difficult, but much harder physically. You can read that story here if you are just joining us.
I found that I really slipped through the cracks, medically. The midwives didn’t seem to want to oversee things for me, referring me onto my doctor. My family doctor, a wonderful sweet lady, has a very busy practice and was also in the middle of a family emergency. At the best of times, it is extremely difficult getting in to see her and impossible to get information over the phone. So, I decided to go it alone. I formulated a plan in my head and went on my way. My plan was to rest intensely for three days, to take an iron supplement at a higher rate for a week and then taper off to a normal amount for a month or so.
Within a week, I found this was not working. I was exhaused and I woke up with awful headaches every morning. I realized I needed some help and I contacted my naturopath, whom I should have contacted as soon as I found out the baby had died.
She informed me that I was still severely anemic and needed a lot more rest than I had taken. She sweetly and respectfully chuckled at my 3 days. Here was the plan we came up with for me:
- Receive a vitamin b12 injection at the office, which often helps with energy levels.
- Take the custom ‘After Miscarriage’ tincture made for me by Judy at Judy’s Organic Herbs, 1/2 t. three times a day until the bottle is finished. The tincture contained the following: Angelica (Don Quai) for strengthening and balancing uterus and hormone regulation, Hawthorn to dilate blood vessels and mend brokenheartedness, Yarrow to stop bleeding and cramping, Vitex (chasteberry) to regulate hormones and St. John’s Wort to help with stress and nerves.
- Drink Comfrey (healing of damaged tissue) and Nettle (iron rich) tea several times a day.
- Rest for another 10 days even if I feel up to doing more. After that, listen to my body.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water (or if I drink a litre of herbal tea in a day, drink 1 litre) . She thought this would help a lot with my headaches as well as help return my blood pressure back up to a normal level.
- Take the homeopathic ‘bellis perenis’ 200ch twice a day for two weeks to help end the bleeding.
- Take 15ml of Floridix iron supplement and 1 capsule of Thorne’s Ferrasorb twice a day for two to three months. This was big for me, as I would have stopped supplementing my iron at this level within days.
- Take iron with a vitamin c source.
- Be very mindful of including iron-rich foods every day: beef, spirulina, dark beans, blackstrap molasses, dates, prunes, etc.
- Let her know if my headaches and bleeding hadn’t completely stopped within 10 days.
- Have my HgB levels and Ferritin levels rechecked at 2 weeks after the miscarriage.
- Return for another visit in a month.
- Avoid pregnancy for at least two cycles after the miscarriage.
With the last recommendation, I exclaimed what a terrible hassle that would be, to which Dr. Sarah laughed out loud for a good half minute: Hahahaha…for you, it is more trouble NOT to get pregnant than to get pregnant! Hahahaha! I didn’t think it was that funny. I was going to not take her advice and just try avoid pregnancy for one cycle, but then I realized that if I was to get pregnant this month, it would mean I was due right in the middle of canning season next year. That wouldn’t be good, so she can have her second month. I’ve hauled out the charts and dusted off my thermometer. What a pain in the neck.
The other thing I would add for anyone who has had a D & C would be to take a good probiotic for awhile. I didn’t think much about this until I started to have symptoms of a yeast infection and remembered that the OB in the hospital said she had given me some IV antibiotics.
I am feeling so much better than I was a short while ago. I did find that my first period went on and on. Not heavy, but just lingering for about 10 days or so.
For those of you who have had miscarriages, is there anything else you did to heal physically? I would love to hear from you. I am hoping to be able to refer others to this post for help and your suggestions would be fantastic.