After the most recent miscarriage, I decided to take a bit of a vitamin holiday. I’d been taking so many vitamins prior to conception and then during the pregnancy, I jokingly called my shelf in the cupboard filled with vitamins, my personal health food “store.” Need a vitamin? I’ve probably got it.
But I don’t think my little vitamin fast was the best idea. The miscarriage happened pretty early on–at six weeks. Some people don’t even know they’re pregnant by then. The bleeding was pretty minimal, compared to the last two experiences.
However, sometime in the middle of last week, I began to ache, starting in my lower abdomen, and gradually traveling into my low back and then up my back. Walking was becoming uncomfortable. I was also waking up in the morning feeling as though I hadn’t slept at all, and then I came down with the first cold I’ve had in months.
Turns out, even if emotionally, grief isn’t being expressed overtly, the body finds a way to express itself. Check out these physical symptoms of grief that the body can manifest, according to HelpGuide.org:
- lowered immunity
- weight loss or weight gain
- aches and pains
Hmmm…I score about 6/6. Yikes!
I went back on my vitamins, especially beefing up on magnesium and B-vitamins (for stress), and my body has returned to its normal, happy self.