It goes without saying that miscarriage for any woman is extremely sorrowful. Though surviving a miscarriage is difficult and can take a toll on your body. But focusing on your health should be the first priority during these difficult days. You feel terrible, grief- stricken and completely shaken by the loss of your child. But this can affect your physical and mental health. Amidst all this, your body also goes through the process of recovering. Your recovery depends on a number of things like nutrition, positivity and mental health. Time is a great healer and proper support from the family and adequate rest can heal your body.
Top 5 tips that can help you deal with miscarriage:
1. Adequate rest:
Your body needs time to heal as goes through a tough and traumatizing phase. So proper rest is extremely important.
2. Proper hygiene:
Generally, after miscarriage women bleed. So try using sanitary napkins rather than tampons for your bleeding post miscarriage. The risk of vaginal infection can increase if you use tampons. Also, try taking a shower or bathe once or twice a day.
3. Sex after miscarriage:
Avoid sexual intercourse in the first two weeks after miscarriage as your body takes time to heal. You can consult your doctor before having a sexual intercourse again.
4. Stay hydrated:
Drink adequate water throughout the day so that your body replenishes its water. You can opt for other fluids as well like have fruit juices, coconut water, herbal tea and warm broths.
5. Regular check-ups:
Make sure you go for regular check-ups to your doctor after the miscarriage. This will help ensure that don’t have any STD’s, bacterial infections or other problems that can stop you from getting pregnant again.
After miscarriage, it is common that women bleed from the vagina. This is very similar to period bleeding, and may last for a long time. You may even feel pain in your lower abdomen. This pain is also similar to the one you experience during period cramps. Therefore, a healthy diet is extremely essential and can help your body recover easily. According to the Delhi-based nutritionist, Pooja Malhotra, ” Miscarriage can cause great emotional trauma besides a physical drain on body reserves of nutrients. The diet post miscarriage should help recovery, rebuild nutrient reserves and also help to prepare the body for future pregnancy as most women would attempt to conceive again.”
Nutritionist recommended some diet tips:
A lot of iron gets lost due to the bleeding further leading to anemia. So include iron rich foods like poultry, seafood, egg, green leafy veggies, lentils, beans, nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds etc.Calcium too is lost with the fetus. So one should regularly consume calcium rich foods like dairy products especially curd, paneer etc, green veggies, fish, nuts etc.Folic acid is needed at the time of conception. It’s a must if you are planning to conceive again in the near future. Folate is found in leafy veggies like spinach, lettuce, broccoli, lentils, peas, lady finger, seeds, nuts etc.Vitamin C is essential for absorption of iron so include citrus fruits, Amla, lemon, guava etc on a daily basis.Body is in a catabolic state. Good quality protein is essential for recovery, so include eggs, pulses, milk, cheese, curd, seafood, beans, poultry etc
Foods you should avoid:
Junk food which is devoid of fibre and high in fat and sugar interferes with healing and is devoid of nutrients that aid recovery.
(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)
Fruit and Vegetable Juices That Enhance the Immune System
Everyone knows that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that offer a wide range of benefits for the mind and body. Certain fresh produce help enhance your immune system, making it possible for you to easily avoid various infections and diseases. Juicing the following allows you to boost your immunity in a truly refreshing and delectable way:
The sweetness of carrot juice makes it loved by kids and adults alike. Carrots get their characteristic bright orange color from its rich supply of beta carotene, a nutrient converted into vitamin A for sharper vision and better eye health. More importantly, vitamin A is an essential nutrient for a stronger immunity.
Vitamin C in lemons makes these citrus fruits excellent boosters of your immune system. Vitamin C is a well-known powerful antioxidant that protects the body from colds, cough, flu and others. Lemon juice may be acidic, but it has an alkalizing property once ingested, helping to restore optimal pH balance in the body.
Other than vitamins and minerals, apples also contain plenty of insoluble fiber. This type of carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the body works as a broom that sweeps out toxins along the intestinal tract. With all of those accumulated poisonous substances out of your body, your immunity is in top-form.
When it comes to fruits, some of the best sources of vitamin C are kiwis. Other than this super antioxidant, kiwis also contain vitamins A and E, both of which are necessary for a stronger immune system. Insoluble fiber and potassium in these fruits are also highly favorable for your cardiovascular system.
Cranberry juice is admired for its ability to bolster the urinary tract system. However, it also contains plenty of vitamin C that helps safeguard you from illnesses brought about by invading microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.
A vegetable that makes for an excellent immune-boosting juice is broccoli, thanks to its rich supply of beta carotene and vitamin C. Every glass of broccoli juice also provides your body with sulphur, a mineral with powerful antimicrobial properties. Sulphur promotes healing as well because it detoxifies the body at a cellular level.
What makes beet juice capable of supporting the immune system is its long list of vitamins and minerals. Some of them include vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. When juicing, it’s a good idea to mix beets with other fruits and vegetables of your choice due to its strong, earthy flavor.
Reduce asthma symptoms with Omega-3
A new study has found that consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is linked to fewer childhood asthma symptoms which are triggered by indoor air pollution.
The study published in ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’, lays out that families and health care providers may be able to protect children from harmful effects of indoor air pollution by serving a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids while reducing foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids such as soyabean oil and corn oil.
“Our group is working on ways to reduce the levels of indoor air pollution in Baltimore City homes,” said lead author of the study, Emily Brigham. “Results are promising, but we don’t want to stop there,” Brigham added.
The study found that for each additional gram of omega-6 intake, children had 29 per cent higher odds of being in a more severe asthma category.
Conversely, with each 0.1-gram increase in levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, researchers saw 3 to 4 per cent lower odds of daytime asthma symptoms.
Indoor air pollution, from sources including cooking, cleaning activities and cigarette smoke, is a known trigger for asthma symptoms.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found abundantly in fish and certain nuts and seeds, are considered healthy as they are known to reduce inflammation.
Omega-6 fatty acids, primarily found in vegetable oils (including corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower), as came out in other studies, have mixed effects on health, but have the potential to promote inflammation.
The researchers, however, noted that it doesn’t prove the relationship between fatty acids and asthma severity.
“Among populations known to be disproportionately affected by asthma, we may find that improving diet and air pollution together has the greatest impact on health,” said Brigham.
New cell that can heal hearts discovered
Researchers have discovered a previously unidentified cell population which could lead to new treatments for patients with injured hearts.
The cell, described in the journal Immunity, was discovered in the pericardial fluid found in the sac around the heart of a mouse with heart injury. The researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada found that a specific cell, a Gata6+ pericardial cavity macrophage, helps heal an injured heart in mice.
The same cells were also found within the human pericardium of people with injured hearts, confirming that the repair cells offer the promise of a new therapy for patients with heart disease. “Our discovery of a new cell that can help heal injured heart muscle will open the door to new therapies and hope for the millions of people who suffer from heart disease,” said Paul Fedak, a professor at the University of Calgary.
“The possibilities for further discovery and innovative new therapies are exciting and important,” said Fedak. Heart doctors had never before explored the possibility that cells just outside the heart could participate in healing and repair of hearts after injury, researchers said.
Unlike other organs, the heart has a very limited capacity to repair itself which is why heart disease is the number one cause of death in North America, they said. “We always knew that the heart sits inside a sac filled with a strange fluid,” said Fedak. “Now we know that this pericardial fluid is rich with healing cells. These cells may hold the secret to repair and regeneration of new heart muscle,” he said.