6 Things To Do After A Miscarriage To Get Ready For Another Baby
Dec 18, 2019
When we think of having a baby, we want three things to happen; a conception, holding onto the baby, and nourishing the baby to term. Sometimes holding onto the baby is difficult and the pregnancy ends with a devastating miscarriage. About 2% of women will experience a second miscarriage and 1% will experience a third which is called recurrent miscarriage.
While having one miscarriage is not all that uncommon, having two or more is, but the good news is there are steps you can take to give your body the best chance of holding onto a baby.
- Give your body a chance to heal – don’t rush into another pregnancy. Take some time to let your hormones stabilize and prepare your body for another baby. Make sure you are eating real food, getting plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals.
- Get a full thyroid panel – this should be common practice, but unfortunately it isn’t. Most doctors will do a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test but you need a full panel to really know what is going on with the thyroid. Your TSH can be normal but you can still have a thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism increases your chance of miscarriage so you will want to heal any thyroid issues before getting pregnant again. You may want to look for a functional medicine doctor who specializes in thyroid health.
- Get an iodine loading test – if you don’t have enough iodine, you won’t have enough thyroid hormone. Iodine is also essential for proper brain development in the baby. This is a urine test. You will be given 50 mg of iodine and collect your urine for 24 hours. You can find this test at hakalalabs.com.
- Check your cholesterol – you want cholesterol to be at least 150 mg/dl. Cholesterol is important for estrogen and progesterone production and for a healthy placenta.
- Check your iron status – if you are anemic, make sure you are including iron rich foods in your diet such as red meat, liver, dried fruit and leafy greens. You may need to take a supplement to get your levels up, however, sometimes anemia can be corrected with B vitamins so it can help to work with a knowledgeable practitioner.
- Take inventory of any toxic exposure – you want to minimize exposure to toxins like plastics, Teflon cookware, nail salons/polish, dryer sheets, and GMOs. For more help removing toxins, download my free guide here.
Taking some time after a miscarriage to heal, correct any nutritional deficiencies, and make sure your thyroid is functioning well will give you the best chance of having a successful pregnancy after miscarriage. If you’d like to learn more, you can follow me on social media @themommymaker.