WHAT TO EAT AND AVOID AFTER A MISCARRIAGE

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WHAT TO EAT AND AVOID AFTER A MISCARRIAGE

A Miscarriage is heartbreaking For any woman or couple. Losing a baby is heartbreaking. Heart-wrenching. There is no way to replace the loss of a baby, no matter what stage of pregnancy it was in.  A miscarriage is hard on the mind and the body. You need to talk about it, it is okay to cry, mourn, to lose ‘it’, you just need to let it out.

Unfortunately, some people still can’t talk about it even today. It is important to talk about it with your loved ones, anyone who loves you and is there for you Outside a doctor’s office. You don’t need to feel alone. Some people grieve for weeks, months, even years. It is okay to let it out.  During this time, you need emotional support, from your loved ones. Surround yourself with family and friends and try and heal.

You not only need emotional support but also physical nourishment too. Losing a pregnancy can leave the body fragile. A miscarriage results in bleeding, dizziness, and leads to weakness, which is why you need to nourish your body in order to get back your strength. It is understandable that food will be the furthest thing from your mind but it is needed. The foods you eat at this time can have a great impact on your health. It is, therefore, very important that you know the foods you should eat and those you should avoid right now. They can, not only help you heal and recover but also help prevent another miscarriage.

Foods to eat after a miscarriage:

  1. Iron-rich foods

After a miscarriage, the best type of iron to consume is heme-iron. This kind of iron is easily absorbed into the body. Due to the heavy bleeding, caused by the miscarriage, the amount of iron in the blood becomes depleted and you may experience anemia and other related symptoms such as feelings of fatigue and weakness which are common.

Source of heme-iron

Consume plenty of it but remember, cook it well. Do Not Fry it.

Sources of Non-heme-iron

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Dried peaches
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark chocolate
  • Molasses
  • Raisins
  • Lentils
  • Sesame butter

 

  1. Calcium-rich foods

Calcium reserves in your body rapidly plummet in pregnancy leaving your body without much calcium. Making it vital that you consume calcium-rich foods.

Sources of Calcium

  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Dried fruits
  • Sardines
  • Milk
  • Dairy products
  • Soya
  1. Fruits and Vegetables

You need ample consumption of these. Not only do vegetables provide iron and calcium but fruits provide Vitamin C which your body needs to fight of any possible infections.

  1. Feel-good foods

Losing a baby can plunge you into depression. It is hard to make peace with the fact, that too with all the hopes and dreams you had. The depression varies among women, some get over it and bounce back pretty easily. Others mourn for months, even years. There are some comfort/feel-good foods that can help you cope with the depression caused by a miscarriage. You need to eat foods packed with magnesium to recover from depression. And apart from that boosts your energy production, improves muscle and nerve function, and even repairs cells.

Sources of magnesium

  • Plain chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Beans

Foods to avoid after a miscarriage

When eating, you do not need to eat everything. The goal here is to nourish your body and sometimes to do that means saying no to some foods even when you have cravings for them.

  • Fatty milk and Meat

Some dairy products and fatty meat can cause inflammation leading to pain and discomfort.

Say no to foods like:

  • Cheese
  • Whole milk
  • Butter
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Sweets

Avoid eating sugary foods with a high index of glycemic. They can cause your blood levels to fluctuate.

Say no to foods like:

  • Candy
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Low Fiber starches

Although carbohydrates are important, low fiber grains/refined grains  can cause blood sugar fluctuations and have adverse effects on your body. It is important to lower intaje of such foods or avoid them altogether.

Avoid:

  • Noodles
  • Instant rice
  • Egg
  • Soy products

There is no doubt that soy is important for your health, but it is full of Phytate which prevents your body from absorbing iron. So limit the intake of them.

  • Junk foods

We all crave junk food but you do not need them right now. It is okay to eat them in moderation but do not eat it all the time. All junk food does is full you up with absolutely empty calories and prevent you from consuming the nutrient-rich foods that you and your body need.

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