Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I am having a miscarriage?

When contacting your midwife or OB, they'll ask questions to grasp your pregnancy situation. Note when symptoms began, including cramping and bleeding (its color and intensity), and their duration. While certain bleeding, like implantation bleeding (typically occurring between days 7-10), is normal, other instances, such as cervical bleeding from polyps or intercourse, and breakthrough bleeding around menstruation, warrant attention.

How long do you expect to bleed?

The most intense bleeding occurs in the initial days but gradually diminishes thereafter. It's typical to bleed for up to two weeks, akin to a moderate period, with bleeding lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Should you notice indications of significant blood loss, like saturating two heavy full-sized pads within 30 minutes, along with symptoms such as dizziness, faintness, fever exceeding 101 degrees, weakness, fainting, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, or pallor, seek immediate emergency medical attention.

What medicine can I take for the pain?

The Womb Ease Tincture has some of the best herbs to help with cramping, pain, and blood loss. Use the womb warmer from the Solace box, a heating pad or hot water bottle to help with cramping. Ibuprofen is an appropriate over the counter option to help relieve pain if needed.

Best ways to support blood loss?

Should I keep the tissue to do genetic testing?

Preserving tissue from a pregnancy loss could provide valuable insights through genetic testing. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

What herbs are best to help me heal?

After a pregnancy loss, certain herbs like yarrow and raspberry leaf can aid in healing by providing fortification and support. Additionally, chlorophyll and spirulina can help prevent or treat anemia, a common concern post-loss.
Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm are known for their calming properties and can assist in emotional recovery after a pregnancy loss. These herbs may help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of peace and comfort during a difficult time.

How will I feel after?

We want you to understand that following pregnancy loss, you will still go through a postpartum period, which is crucial to acknowledge and care for. Hormonal changes may trigger feelings of postpartum depression and anxiety, making everyday tasks feel overwhelming. It's okay to seek help from outside sources during this time. If you don't have a support system, your midwives or OB can assist in connecting you with postpartum resources. Remember to prioritize rest, lean on your trusted support network, and nourish your body with healthy foods and fluids. Don't hesitate to confide in your partner or a supportive person if you're experiencing sadness, despair, or thoughts of self-harm.

How to find a practitioner or resources to help?

These are some online resources that provide information as well as in person/online  support groups.

How long until I have a normal cycle again?

The return of menstrual cycles post-pregnancy varies greatly among individuals. While some may experience the return of their cycles within a few weeks, others may find it takes longer, possibly up to six weeks or more. The duration can be influenced by factors such as the length of the pregnancy.

When can I start trying again?

Allow yourself the necessary time to recover holistically—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Typically, it takes a minimum of three months for your menstrual cycle to normalize and for the uterus to prepare for another pregnancy. The timing of conception varies among women; some may conceive relatively quickly after a miscarriage, while others may not. This period presents an opportune moment to engage with holistic practitioners to prioritize your overall well-being. Consider consulting with naturopaths or acupuncturists to optimize your health for future pregnancies. Structural preparations can be made through massage, chiropractic care, and pelvic floor therapy, while therapy sessions can provide support on a mental and emotional level. If and when pregnancy occurs again, it's normal to experience feelings of anxiety or fear of another miscarriage. Stay connected with your developing baby every day, embracing the joy of new life. Share your pregnancy journey with loved ones and cherish the moments spent nurturing this growing life.

Should I get my labs and hormones tested before trying again?

Prior to pregnancy, it's beneficial to ascertain any potential hormonal imbalances or nutrient deficiencies. We recommend scheduling a preconception visit with your midwife, nutritionist, or naturopathic doctor to address these concerns proactively.