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How Does Nutrition Play A Role In Promoting Miscarriage Recovery?

Introduction

In Malaysia, loss of a pregnancy in the period of less than 22 weeks of gestation or a foetus weighing less than 500g is considered as miscarriage.

Symptoms of miscarriage

  • Vagina bleeding
  • Cramping and pain in lower abdomen
  • Not to worry much if there is light vaginal bleeding during the first 3 months of pregnancy which not necessarily means a miscarriage (please consult doctor).

 

Nutrition For Recovery (Mini-confinement)

Well-balanced nutritious meals are crucial to support mother’s recovery after miscarriage.
Foods high in certain nutrients should be emphasized to speed up the healing process.

 

Protein-rich foods

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Amino acids are required after miscarriage to recover and heal the wound.

Examples: Chicken, Fish, Pork, Egg, Tofu, Milk, Cheese, Beans, Peas, Tempeh

 

Vitamin C-rich foods

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Vitamin C is needed to synthesize collagen, strengthen immunity and fights body inflammation. 

Examples: Capsicum, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Tomato, Red Dates

 

Iron-rich foods

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Iron helps to replenish blood loss from miscarriage as well as to improve “Qi” of body. 

Examples: Pork, Egg, Oysters, Peas (Black-eyed peas, Chickpeas, Green Peas), Green Leafy Vegetables (Spinach & Kale), Red Dates, Gojiberries

 

Magnesium-rich foods

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Magnesium may help to reduce post-miscarriage stress and anxiety. 

Examples: Meat, Milk, Egg, Nuts (Cashews, Almond), Beans, Peas, Tofu, Spinach

 

Omega 3- rich foods

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Can take days after miscarriage for anti-inflammatory effects & heart health.

Examples: Mackerel, Salmon, Oysters, Walnut, Flaxseed, Chia Seed

 

Water

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Drinking enough fluid is also important to hydrate the body in supporting body healing.

Examples: Plain Water, Nourishing Soups, Fruit Juice, Tea

 

SUMMARY

Having a well-balanced nutrition-dense meal and hydration would help to speed up post-miscarriage recovery.

 

Article written by:
Foo Kai Li
Nutritionist
Registered Member of Nutrition Society Malaysia (NSM)

 

REFERENCES

  1. NHS (2018). Overview Miscarriage. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage/
  2. MyHealth Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (2019). Miscarriage. Retrieved from http://www.myhealth.gov.my/en/miscarriage/
  3. Villines, Z. (2021). High iron vegetables for vegetarians and vegans: 10 of the best
  4. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/high-iron-vegetables
  5. Hjalmarsdottir, F. (2019). 12 Foods That Are Very High in Omega-3. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-omega-3-rich-foods
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