Indian Foods To Eat & Avoid After Miscarriage

Indian Diet After Miscarriage

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A miscarriage is a devastating experience for any woman. Healing after a miscarriage requires plenty of rest, emotional support and a healthy diet. If you have been through this experience, you might have concerns regarding what foods you can and cannot eat while healing. It is essential to understand what kind of diet plan to follow, to supplement proper healing during this difficult time. This article talks about the diet a woman should follow after a miscarriage to recover quickly. It also explains the types of Indian foods that are healthy and what kinds are unhealthy for a woman who is recuperating from a miscarriage. Read this article to understand what dietary precautions you will need to take in order to physically heal after a miscarriage. 

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Top Causes of Miscarriage

There are numerous reasons why a miscarriage may occur, some of which are in our control, and some that aren’t. These are some common causes of miscarriages around the world.

1. Medical Complications

Issues in the uterus, such as fibroids, etc., are likely to case a miscarriage in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Other medical complications can be chromosomal abnormalities, cervical incompatibility, septum in the uterus, etc.

2. Lifestyle

Smoking or drinking, especially during pregnancy, is likely to cause a miscarriage. Eating certain fruits such as papaya and pineapple when you’re pregnant  may lead to miscarriage. Make sure to follow a healthy diet that provides all the vital nutrients needed.

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3. Pre-existing Conditions

Women who already have conditions such as hyper or hypo-thyroidism and diabetes have a higher chance of suffering a miscarriage. Hence, these conditions should be diagnosed and controlled before pregnancy.

Importance Of Nutrition After Miscarriage

Nutrition plays a huge part in healing after a miscarriage, as your body needs the right foods to recuperate and get stronger. Additionally, certain foods might play a part in worsening any negative symptoms you might be experiencing. Hence, by eating the right foods, your body will get the right nutrients that aid recovery and get you back on your feet. Read below to know what foods you should eat and what you should avoid after a miscarriage.

What Foods to Eat for Quick Recovery After a Miscarriage?

It is important for a woman who is recovering to know what kind of food to eat after a miscarriage. Eating healthy food after a miscarriage is vital for the body, as it needs essential nutrients to recover and recuperate from the trauma.

1. Iron-rich Foods

Miscarriage can cause women to feel fatigued and anaemic. In case of excessive bleeding due to miscarriage, an iron deficiency may occur in the body. Hence, it is important to consume iron-rich foods to ensure that the iron level in the body is maintained.

There are two types of iron: heme and non-heme iron. Heme-iron is found in foods from animal sources, such as red meats, poultry, and seafood. Non-heme iron is found in plant sources, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, lentils, beans, brussel sprouts, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

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Therefore, vegetarians should consume iron-rich foods from plant sources and meat eaters should consume iron-rich foods from both, plant sources and animal sources. 

2. Calcium-rich Foods

During pregnancy, the calcium reserves in the body are used up, as the foetus needs calcium to develop a healthy heart, nerves, muscles, bones, and teeth. When a miscarriage occurs, all that calcium is eliminated along with the pregnancy tissue, causing a calcium deficiency in the body. Hence, it is important for women to eat calcium-rich foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables, dairy products, fish like sardines and salmon, and dry fruits like dry figs, dates & nuts.

3. Folate-rich Foods

Many women who experience a miscarriage, plan to try to conceive again after recovery. In such a case, it is a good idea to consume folate-rich foods. Folate is found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce. It is also found in asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, lentils, peas, avocado, ladies’ fingers, squashes, brussel sprouts, seeds, and nuts. Palak, Bhindi curry, chole etc., are examples of folate-rich Indian dishes.

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4. Protein-rich Foods

The body requires protein to heal, as the amino acids in proteins help in cell repair. So, you should consume foods like eggs, lean meats, seafood, milk, cheese, yoghurt, lentils, and poultry. Vegetarian sources of protein are lentils, dairy products, and grains like quinoa and buckwheat. Dal, chole, and palak paneer are nutritious, protein-rich Indian dishes you can eat and enjoy.

PROTEIN-RICH FOODS5. Mood-lifting Foods

The sadness and trauma caused by a miscarriage can often lead to depression. According to research, deficiency of magnesium is linked to depression, and consuming magnesium-rich foods reduces anxiety and helps beat depression. Magnesium is found in foods such as nuts, seeds, whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat, green leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, avocado, and legumes like peas, lentils, chickpeas etc. Some Indian dishes that contain these mood lifting ingredients are chole, cocoa milk shake etc.

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6. Nuts

Nuts are a source of several vital nutrients that can help the body recover faster after a miscarriage. Nuts are rich in vitamin E, iron, magnesium, folate, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of fibre. However, they should be consumed in moderation as they contain high amounts of fat and calories. Include nuts such as almonds, pista, walnuts, cashews, etc., in your daily diet. You can also use nuts in Indian dishes like kheer and biryanithat elevate your mood, as well.

7. Fruits and Vegetables

According to several scientific studies, women who included plenty of fruits and vegetables to their diet, post miscarriage, showed a 50% lower risk of miscarriages in future pregnancies. Citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and fruits with high water content are great for health.

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8. Vitamin C-rich Foods

Citrus fruits like grapefruits, oranges and strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C which is necessary for the absorption of iron by the body. Again, you should consult your doctor for advice on which fruits are good for you and which you should avoid eating, while recovering from a miscarriage.

9. Healthy Carbohydrates

Miscarriage takes a toll on the body, as the experience demands a lot of energy. If you are feeling weak, you might need to eat healthy carbohydrates to replenish the lost energy and help your body recover. During this time, include carbohydrate sources like brown rice, wheat, quinoa, or oatmeal in your diet.

10. Omega-3-Rich Foods

Omega-3 helps normal functioning of the body and is important to maintain good health during this time. After a miscarriage, Omega-3 can help uplift your mood, fight inflammation, and keep cholesterol levels maintained. Eat plenty of nuts and seeds, like chia seeds, flak seeds, walnuts and more. Fish like salmon and tuna are also rich in Omega-3.

What Foods to Avoid After Miscarriage?

There are some foods that are very unhealthy and can cause harm if consumed excessively, post miscarriage. Below is a compilation of what not to eat in large amounts after a miscarriage.

1. Junk and Fast Foods

Examples of junk and fast foods include kachoris, pani puris, samosas, chips, french fries, potato wedges, pizzas, burgers, doughnuts etc. These contain trans-fats that cause inflammation in the body, resulting in obesity and heart disease if consumed excessively. Eating excess junk food increases the risk of miscarriage in women and also causes depression.

2. Foods With High Carbohydrate and Low Fibre Content

Simple, refined carbohydrates present in processed food are harmful to the body, as they are high in carbs, but low in fibre. Avoid processed foods like instant noodles, white rice, Indian snacks like biscuits and murukku, halwa, cutlets, and Indian bread like naan etc. that are made of refined white flour or maida. Go for complex carbs instead, like whole wheat chapati.

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3. Sweets

Avoid over- indulgence in sweets. As in this emotional phase you may tend to over-eat due to emotional aspects. Sugar-laden sweets will not provide you any nutrients. Instead, opt for dates or anjeer based sweets.

indian sweet4. Dairy and Meat With High Fat Content

Fat in dairy and meat can cause inflammation in the body and aggravate your pain, post miscarriage. Hence, avoid foods like full-fat milk, butter, fatty paneer or cheese, beef, and pork. Opt, instead, for lean meats and toned milk products.


1. Is It Ok to Have Spicy Food After Miscarriage?

If you are on certain medications after miscarriage, avoid spicy food, as it can increase the chances of gastritis. If you wish to consume spice in moderation, you can do so after consulting a doctor, but it’s best to wait so your recovery is smooth with the least possible discomfort.

2. What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage?

Most women who have had a miscarriage can go on to get pregnant again within 1-2 months. Only a small percentage of women may have repeated miscarriages. If you are concerned about your chances of getting pregnant again, consult your doctor for a check up.

A miscarriage is a painful event for any woman. The recovery period after a miscarriage can be influenced greatly by dietary changes. What you eat can either speed up or slow down the recovery process. So, opt for a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, and eat everything in moderation. Consult your doctor and decide on a diet based on your his advice.


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