What to Do After a Miscarriage

Give yourself time and space to grieve and heal. Take it easy on yourself and know that one day you will be a mama too.

By Lauren Manaker, RD

Miscarriage sucks. There is no other way to put it. I have been there and know the gut-wrenching feeling of a dream being taken from you. Give yourself time and space to grieve and heal. Take it easy on yourself and know that one day you will be a mama too.

So what do you do now?

First, know this: 70% of human conceptions do not survive to live birth. And the vast majority of first trimester miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities. Miscarriage is unfortunately very common, and the chances of it occurring because you didn’t take a certain supplement or eat an apple that wasn’t organic one day is very extremely slim. It is likely due to things out of your control. Know that many women who have experienced a miscarriage do become mamas. It is hard to not know the cause of it, but often nothing “caused” it.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to become the healthiest version of yourself

  • If your prenatal vitamin contains folic acid, talk to your doc about whether you should switch to one that provides the methylated folate instead. Up to 25% of the population has a variant of the MTHFR gene (MTHFR 677TT) that significantly impairs their ability to metabolize folic acid.

There are some tests that may help support your pregnancy goals

  • Getting your Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D levels checked by your OBGYN or fertility doctor is a good way to know if you should be supplementing these nutrients. Don’t go gangbusters with supplementation if you don’t have a known deficiency. If you do need supplementation, make sure you choose Vitamin D3 and Methylated B12. Follow recommended dosage that your doctor provided.

If you have had two or more miscarriages, it’s time to see your OBGYN or a fertility specialist. Your OBGYN will be able to order basic blood work and discuss the common causes of pregnancy loss. If you are 35 or older, or your pregnancies took more than six months to conceive, it may be advisable to go straight to a fertility specialist to discuss a broader range of treatment options. Read more about recurrent miscarriages in our Q&A with Dr. Meera Shah.

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