Although approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss, going through a miscarriage is not something that anyone really expects to do. It’s beyond time that miscarriage care is normalized. These are just a few miscarriage support items that are good to have in case of, during, and after a miscarriage. Depending on the type of miscarriage (missed miscarriage or spontaneous), you may or may not have time to gather what you need, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. If you’re finding this page because you’re currently going through a miscarriage, I’m so sorry. It’s an incredibly unfair and difficult thing to go through. My hope is this list will help make the process a tiny bit easier.
Miscarriage Support Items: Physical Care
Just like we keep feminine products on hand for that time of the month or gather supplies for postpartum, it should be normal to be prepared for the possibility of a miscarriage. Here are some miscarriage support items that will help you with the physical process. You might even have some of these things at home already.
1. Pads and Disposable Underwear
The most obvious miscarriage support item is pads. You’ll want some heavy-duty overnight-style pads. It’s important that you don’t use tampons or menstrual cups during this time, as doing so can increase the risk of infection. Another good option is disposable underwear. This may be more convenient, depending on how heavy your bleeding is. For a more sustainable option, consider period underwear. They function just like disposable underwear, except they can be washed and reused.
2. Pain Relief
There are several pain relief options for miscarriage. An electric heating pad or a hot water bottle might be helpful. It’s also a good idea to have some over-the-counter pain relief on hand, such as Midol. Other pain-relieving miscarriage support items include patches, tens units, and homeopathic solutions.
3. Miscarriage Kit
Heaven’s Gain is a company that has miscarriage kits available for purchase. These kits include items to collect and sort through the pregnancy tissues to locate the fetus (if you so desire). This is essential if you’re hoping to have the remains tested or buried/cremated. These kits are highly recommended, however, if you want to put something similar together yourself, here are a few miscarriage support items you can gather:
4. Flushable Wipes
5. Nausea Support
For many, painful cramps during a miscarriage can be accompanied by nausea. Even if this is not the case for you, it’s likely you’ll still be experiencing pregnancy nausea. Have some nausea lozenges or OTC medications on hand to help.
Miscarriage Support Items: Nutrition
6. Electrolyte Drink
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially during a miscarriage. Electrolyte drinks are great miscarriage support items to replenish your fluids.
7. Miscarriage Tea
There are several varieties of tea that can help support you through the miscarriage process and beyond. Red raspberry leaf tea can help tone the uterus and relieve cramping. Postpartum teas can help balance your hormones.
8. Bone Broth
Bone broth is easy to drink since you might not feel up to a full meal. It’s nutrient-dense, making it the perfect thing to support your healing.
9. Iron-Rich Foods
After losing blood, you’ll want to replenish your iron stores. Make a point to consume iron-rich foods like leafy greens, red meat, quinoa, and legumes. Your doctor might also recommend an iron supplement, so be sure to pick a good one.
10. Hormone-Balancing Supplements
There are several supplements that can support your body after a miscarriage. While supplements are certainly not necessary miscarriage support items, they are something to consider. If you decide some extra hormone support is right for you, check out these supplements from Pink Stork or Mommy’s Bliss.
Miscarriage Support Items: Self-Care
11. Soft Facial Tissues
With miscarriage comes grief. Soft tissues are essential miscarriage support items for all the tears and snot. Choose some with lotion to protect your nose.
12. Makeup Remover Wipes
A pack of makeup remover wipes on your nightstand is convenient. Even if you don’t put on makeup, it may still feel nice to freshen up as needed.
13. Facial Masks
Take some time to add some moisture back into your face and under eyes with these moisturizing facial masks. As your progesterone drops, you may experience some hormonal breakouts. Consider these clay masks or these masks with tea tree oil.
14. Epsom Salt
15. Water Bottle
16. Comfort Items
Gather or purchase whatever comforting miscarriage support items that will help you to feel comfortable during the miscarriage and after. Some ideas might include:
Miscarriage Support Items: Books and Reflection
17. “Loved Baby”
This book by Sarah Philpott, Ph.D., is a Christian-based devotional, that walks you through 31 days of reflection.
18. “The Baby Loss Guide”
“There is no fast pass through grief – it has to be felt and lived – so please read this book with that in mind. This isn’t a lifeboat sent to drag you out of the water; it’s a friend with a lifering hoping to make you feel less alone, and a guide to navigate the rough seas ahead.”Zoe Clark-Coates, The Baby Loss Guide: Practical and Compassionate Support with a Day-by-day Resource to Navigate the Path of Grief
This book is written by one of the most popular experts in pregnancy loss grief support, Zoe Clark-Coates. It also offers day-to-day support. The Baby Loss Guide is good for the person going through a miscarriage as well as those who are supporting them.
19. “Grieving the Child I Never Knew”
Here’s another Christian-based book for daily reflection, written by Kathe Wunnenberg.
20. “You Are the Mother of All Mothers”
“This was not your fault. This will never be your fault, no matter how many different ways someone tries to tell you it was. Especially if that someone happens to be you.”Angela Miller, You Are the Mother of All Mothers
This short book by Angela Miller is comforting, easy to read, and features beautiful artwork.
21. Miscarriage Journal “Mourning Retreat”
This journal from Undefining Motherhood is a wonderful tool for reflection during your miscarriage or whenever you’re ready.
22. “Not Broken”
“If you are reading this book to learn more about your own journey, I want you to finish this book feeling more knowledgeable, to let go of any shame you might feel about miscarriage, and to feel more empowered to be an advocate for yourself and your care.”Dr. Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG, Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
This book by Dr. Lora Shahine goes into the medical and physical side of miscarriage. This can be especially helpful to help process what happened.
I hope this list of miscarriage support items will help you get through this difficult time. The following links are excellent miscarriage resources. You can find even more on the Resources page.
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