Nausea & Miscarriage

Some studies suggest that as many as 2 out of every 10 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. The vast majority of miscarriages will occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant to begin with. While a woman of any age can miscarry, miscarriage is most common in women over the age of 35. There are many potential side effects of miscarriage. In some cases, miscarriage can lead to feelings of loss and depression. Some women experience a variety of physical effects as well, such as stomach cramping, uterine contractions, and even nausea.

It is not uncommon for a woman who has had a miscarriage to experience nausea. The rapidly changing hormone levels are partly responsible for this. In addition, the trauma that her body undergoes during the miscarriage process can often interfere with normal digestive activity. While more research needs to be done, there is some definite evidence to suggest that nausea and miscarriage can be related.

For the most part, nausea after a miscarriage should diminish within just a few days. Nausea that is long-lasting after a miscarriage is usually a sign that something else is wrong. Any number of other things can cause nausea to follow a miscarriage. It may be that you’ve picked up a flu bug. It could be that the extreme emotions that often accompany miscarriage have interfered with your eating and drinking habits, and you are dehydrated. It could even be that you have conceived again just a few days after you miscarriage.

There are a variety of treatment options to deal with nausea that accompanies a miscarriage. For some, a simple antacid might be able to help. Of course, there are both prescription and over-the-counter remedies for nausea available as well. If these don’t work, or if you don’t want to have to deal with the side effects of medications, you might have success using some nutritional supplements, such as mint or ginger. Mint and ginger are both known to have a soothing effect on an upset stomach. Many women have had success with a variety of types of peppermint teas, for example. If tea isn’t your thing, you can mix some peppermint oil into a drink of juice or lemonade. You can get ginger in a variety of ways, such as ginger tea or ginger root supplements. Some women have tried using these types of natural supplements in an aromatherapy recipe, as well.

Sometimes, a change in diet is needed to ease nausea. Something bland, such as a piece of unbuttered toast or a little bit of rice, may help your nausea to diminish. Other people have had luck using milk along with their medications, as for many people milk will help to coat the stomach. Making sure that you are drinking enough clear liquids may help, as well.

If your nausea does not let up within a week or so of your miscarriage, you should talk to your health care provider to determine what else might be at the root cause of your nausea.