I have written numerous times both in this blog and in the discussion forums about my miscarriage in December. While the pain and emotional distress has mostly faded, I find that it is still following me around in ways that I never could have predicted, mostly concerning my physical health.
I did call my doctor after the miscarriage, and after answering some questions he seemed nonplused so I continued with life as normal. That is, until my health problems began to pile up. I began having periods of dizziness, to the point where I would fall down promptly after standing up. I lost my appetite—never a bad thing when you’re trying to lose weight!—and have irregular bleeding. Worst of all, I would have mornings where I literally could not get out of bed. Maybe I could crawl out to hand out juice cups and cereal, to change a diaper here or there, and then I would be right back under the sheets and leaving the girls to their own devices. Can you say Yikes?! That was when I really knew something was wrong.
As it turns out, I was diagnosed with Anemia, because after birth your body needs more iron. I remember craving broccoli like crazy after having both of my girls, but I never realized that my body was telling me I needed the iron it contained. I didn’t technically have a baby, but my body reacts as though I did.
Only a few days later I began having abdominal pain that eventually sent me to the hospital. After nine long hours the diagnosis was PID, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This is also caused by the bacteria left in your body after a miscarriage (which can be avoided by a visit to your gynecologist right after to remove all of the bacteria). Oh, the things they don’t tell you!
My basic advice is that if you have, or ever have a miscarriage in the future remember that in some ways your body reacts as though you have indeed given birth to a baby which can cause these and other side-affects, including post-partum depression.