Dieting after a Miscarriage

Having a miscarriage can be a traumatic time in the life of any woman–and often, doctors are not able to give a definite answer as to what caused the miscarriage. Some women are recommended to lose a bit of weight in order to have a healthy future pregnancy, but how do you diet while still including the products needed for good health? This article discusses three foods that should be included in the diets of all women who have recently suffered a miscarriage:

Protein

The most important thing for women who have just experienced a miscarriage to include in their diets is protein. During your miscarriage, you more than likely lost large amounts of blood–and with this blood came iron, which is important to help the blood clot (and also helps treat and prevent fatigue, nausea, and other dangerous conditions). Iron is typically found in high amounts in meats, beans and leafy green vegetables. Leafy green vegetables are, therefore, a great option for women who have experienced a miscarriage.

If you are interested in getting your iron through meats and beans, it is important to make choices that are low in calories in order to ensure diet success. Fish and chicken are typically low in calories compared to beef and pork; however, it is important to remember that the method of preparation also plays a big role in the number of calories and fat grams. Look for meats that are grilled or boiled verses fried for a healthier protein source.

Calcium

After a miscarriage, it is also important to increase the amount of calcium you are getting in your diet. During pregnancy, research has found that much of the calcium women consume goes towards the growing fetus instead of the support of their own teeth and bones–and therefore, it is important to increase intake in order to return to prior levels. For healthy sources of calcium, look for dairy products that are made from low or nonfat milk. These items will be lowest in both fat and calories, and therefore will be helpful in your quest to lose weight. In addition, leafy green vegetables also contain high amounts of dietary calcium. Include them in your diet if you have a lactose intolerance or are vegetarian.

Fruits and Vegetables

Finally, while eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is a good rule of thumb for all people, it may be especially important for women who have just suffered a miscarriage. Getting enough vitamins and minerals in your system will help treat the damage caused by the miscarriage, and will strengthen the body for any future pregnancies. For best results, try to “eat across the rainbow”–this means to eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables that come in many different colors.

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