Miscarriage is the term used to refer to a spontaneous loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks. The majority of miscarriages occur because the foetus isn’t developing properly. Sometimes the foetus’s chromosomes or genes encounter errors as the embryo divides and grows, and it’s not related to any sort of problem inherited from the parents. However, sometimes a woman’s health condition such as uncontrolled diabetes or undiagnosed problems with the uterus or cervix could be the cause.
- Between 10 and 20 percent of all pregnancies ends in miscarriage, but this figure could actually be higher.
- Many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant yet.
- The risk of miscarriage increases significantly from around 35 to 39 years of age, and again from 40 years old.
- Miscarriage is usually a one-time occurrence, with around five percent of women having two consecutive miscarriages, and one percent having three or more consecutive miscarriages.
What happens to a woman’s body after miscarriage?
Pregnancy hormones are powerful, and after a miscarriage it can take anywhere between four and twelve weeks for a woman’s hormones to get back to normal. If the miscarriage occurred later in the pregnancy the recovery time can be even longer.
The hormones that are triggered during pregnancy aren’t the only ones that need to be reset after a miscarriage. Losing a baby is a stressful and upsetting time, and levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, will also be running high in a woman’s body post-miscarriage.
Cortisol is a powerful hormone that can actually block the hormones you need to be pregnant again, so it’s important to manage the pain and sadness properly. Group therapy or one-to-one counselling can help you to move past the pain, lower your stress levels, and encourage your body to stop producing high levels of cortisol.
Experiencing a miscarriage and the associated grief can also throw many women off their otherwise-healthy routines, causing them to make poor diet and lifestyle choices. A healthy diet and lifestyle goes a long way towards helping to keep your hormones in balance.
Trying to conceive after a miscarriage
Statistically speaking, a woman who miscarries once is likely to conceive again and carry a healthy pregnancy to full term. However, this isn’t always the case in practice. Too much stress after a miscarriage can impact the levels of cortisol, progesterone, and thyroid which are all crucial hormones in a woman’s ability to conceive.
In addition to grief and stress, there are other factors that can also prevent hormones from readjusting properly. A woman’s age can affect her progesterone levels, causing them to not rise as needed in order to support a pregnancy. Consuming too much caffeine or alcohol can also knock your oestrogen out of balance; and progesterone and oestrogen levels need to be in harmony to carry a healthy pregnancy.
How can TCM HealthCare help post-miscarriage?
Here at TCM HealthCare we specialise in treating a variety of fertility problems, including those faced after a miscarriage. Our treatment typically involves prescribing a course of herbal medication over several weeks, avoiding the menstrual period.
Using Chinese medicinal treatments means that we tailor everything to your particular needs in order to get the best result. In addition to herbal medication we may also recommend acupuncture to help rebalance your hormones and reduce your stress levels.