There are two points that can happen to a woman in her life that are both equally difficult in opposite ways. One is a miscarriage, where all the hopes you had for having that sweet baby have dashed away in an instant. The other is having an abortion.
I do not have personal experience with either event, but I have friends who have endured each of these. I cannot pretend to understand the feelings they’ve gone through entirely, but I opened my whole heart without judgment or saying anything insensitive. I found that often, hugs were the best thing to dole out in either of these situations.
Should you have a miscarriage or make a choice to have an abortion to terminate a pregnancy, you may have questions about fundal massage. This is a type of un-fun massage I’ve been writing about recently which is often necessary for preventing postpartum hemorrhages.
However, uterine massage after miscarriage and abortion can also prove beneficial.
What to Know About Uterine Massage After Miscarriage or Abortion
First off, if you have a miscarriage, your body is under high stress. A uterine massage may effectively alleviate this stress and help you recover.
Miscarriages can be physically painful on top of being emotionally traumatic. You’ll undergo cramping, muscle tension, and back pain.
As such, a uterine massage can help you improve your physical wellness and help your body get ready for a successful conception in the future. A uterine massage helps relieve the stiff muscles and reduce your physical pain.
However, as miscarriages are tricky, it’s best to choose someone that is experienced in uterine massage to help you. It can help your body expel any old materials left behind and get you back to your normal menstrual cycle.
With a miscarriage, the abdominals, back, and hips can be affected. A uterine massage can reduce the tension and pain here. Additionally, it helps boost oxygen and blood flow to these tissues, allowing your body to remove toxins better and nourish those muscles. This will help improve their function.
Additionally, having a uterine massage after a miscarriage can release endorphins which will naturally help your pain. Your lymph flow will also increase to bolster your immunity.
And this type of massage helps restore hormonal balance. This can be beneficial to reproductive health and improve fertility.
As for abortions, according to Planned Parenthood, uterine massages are recommended frequently after this procedure. If you have decided to get an abortion, even though all this is hard for you, be sure to ask about how often to do the uterine massage. The staff at the clinic or your doctor can help you learn how to properly perform this massage therapy on yourself to help your uterus heal. They’ll also tell you when to start doing it and when it is no longer necessary.
When to Do the Uterine Massage?
If you have experienced your miscarriage in your first trimester, you should wait until you see no more bleeding from it before getting a uterine massage. In the second or third trimesters, you should wait about a week. I recommend speaking to your doctor no matter which trimester you lost your baby in so you can properly help yourself heal.
For either scenario – miscarriage or abortion – it can help you recover more rapidly, at least in a physical way. As for emotionally, there is no timeline for that. Take your time and get help by signing up for counseling. Your doctor can recommend someone in your area that you can speak to so you can start healing mentally from these very challenging situations. I wish you all the best of luck and loads of love.
Leslie Berry lives with her husband and two young daughters in Los Altos, California where she loves helping other moms get comfortable with motherhood and embracing the insanity with facts peppered with laughs. She loves eating too much sushi, exercise, and jamming out on her Fender.