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How to Exercise After a Miscarriage

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author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Exercise After a Miscarriage
Walking can help you ease into a workout routine. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

A miscarriage can be a devastating event in any woman's life. The trauma of losing a pregnancy and experiencing the medical procedures that often follow a miscarriage can cause you to feel both physical and emotional pain. Exercise can be one of the ways that you combat depressive feelings following a miscarriage, as well as helping you get into shape so you have a better chance at a successful pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about specific exercise that will help you recover from your miscarriage.

Step 1

Schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk about an exercise plan, or mention exercise in your miscarriage follow-up appointment. Your OB will have specific instructions based on your individual conditions and desire to become pregnant again. You'll also need to ensure that you have your doctor's OK before you begin exercising again. You'll likely need to rest for two to three days following your miscarriage and any procedure your OB has completed to remove lingering tissue in the uterus.

Step 2

Wear a supportive bra when you exercise. Depending on the stage in your pregnancy in which you miscarried, your breasts may leak milk, feel swollen or tender. Add breast pads if your breasts are leaking.

Step 3

Start exercise slowly to give your body time to adjust to the activity. As you begin to feel physically better following your miscarriage, you can begin to add exercise into your daily routine. If you engaged in intense exercise before your pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage, give your body time to acclimate to exercise before you resume more intense workouts.

Step 4

Begin exercise with walking. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help you ease into more intense methods of exercise. Choose low-impact forms of exercise like walking or yoga. While swimming is often suggested as a low-impact form of exercise, you may want to wait until you stop spotting, since the American Pregnancy Association suggests waiting until your next period to begin using tampons again.

Step 5

Assess your need for a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen as you exercise. You may experience cramping and fatigue, much like menstrual symptoms, directly after a miscarriage. While you should never take painkillers in an effort to exercise harder, they can help relieve cramps when taken responsibly so you can begin exercising again.

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