Loss of appetite after miscarriage

(9 Posts)
CrystalChandelier Mon 29-Nov-10 13:51:09

Hello - just looking for some advice.

Has anyone been unable to eat after miscarrying? I miscarried at 12 weeks last week, and since then I've been struggling to eat. My appetite has absolutely deserted me, and hours pass where I just float along on coffee and water.

I do eat small amounts once or twice a day, but I have to force myself and feel full very quickly. All food, to be honest, is making me feel ill - the sight and smell of it.

Is this familiar to anyone? If so, what happened to you?

Thanks.

janpa Mon 29-Nov-10 20:57:18

Yes, I lost tons of weight after my miscarriage. Appitite loss can be a sign of depression. Would you consider discussing this with your doctor? My thoughts are with you.

OctaviaOstrichJollster Mon 29-Nov-10 21:12:49

At the risk of sounding flippant, I wish! I took the opportunity after each of my MMCs to indulge in pate, vino and bad (good) cheese. But I guess it depends on your personality blush; I'm a natural glutton I think.

To aid your recovery you must try to recharge your body and that includes good fuel. If you feel your diet is likely to be compromised make sure you get some spatone and multivits into the system.

I hope you start to feel more "back to normal" soon; I know it's very tough.

crochetcircle Mon 29-Nov-10 21:34:29

Sorry for your loss, it must have been very difficult and you have my sympathy.

I lost our baby at 11 weeks in June and yes, I lost my appetite very much so, probably for about 2 weeks maybe longer. I had to force myself to eat as I really didn't fancy anything or even feel hungry.

I put this down to grief, sadness, and that I had eaten so much during the pregnancy that I probably had some reserves that the body didn't need any more (no medical basis for this!) I think there might have been something psychological about it for me too, as I didn't eat the foods I had craved during pregnancy for several months (including toast, which I used to eat a lot of).

Not sure what to advise, you don't say how long your appetite has gone for, and whether you are still a healthy weight now? I did get my appetite back gradually but I'm not sure I made a conscious effort.

Let us know how you get on xxx

CrystalChandelier Tue 30-Nov-10 05:19:56

Thanks everyone, for sympathy, reassurance and advice. chrochetcircle my appetite deserted me the day I miscarried. I'm usually an enthusiastic eater so I'm still a healthy weight, but I can feel it falling off me quickly.

janpa thanks for your help. Now you mention it in the past I've stopped eating when upset, so perhaps it could be the onset of depression rather than a physical thing relating to the miscarriage. I'll head to the docs if it persists.

Thanks all xx

meltobe Tue 30-Nov-10 15:40:09

Hi crystal I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I had a miscarriage 3 weeks ago at 10 weeks and I totally lost my appetite too. I think under extreme stress people tend to stress eat or stress starve, I definitely fell into the stress starving group, not consciously but just because like you I was floating along on very little. But it will get better. I'm only a couple of weeks ahead of you but today I started to fancy food again. I can't imagine feeling ravenous but it was nice to fancy food and enjoy eating it. I felt that when I was pregnant I had to try to eat well for the sake of the pregnancy but when it was over I felt so useless that I think I stopped caring about myself. But I promise you will feel better in time. Don't rush it but take small steps and you'll get there. I wish you all the best.

CrystalChandelier Tue 30-Nov-10 17:58:26

Thanks meltobe, that's a very encouraging post. And thanks to Octavia for the vitamins suggestions - got some today.

cbaugh1984 Fri 06-Feb-15 03:49:04

I had a miscarriage a month ago, and i still don't really have an appetite, i have to force myself to eat, and eSpeCiaLLy hate the smell of it; makes me want to throw up instantly. I know I've lost over ten pounds, and i just don't feel good AT ALL...Any suggestions???!

tinamcfall Mon 18-May-15 14:48:33

I just had a miscarriage on mothers day. sad I cant eat anything and im diabetic and its causing complications with my sugar. just like you I stay afloat on coffee and water. I was very surprised to see other people just like me. im sorry for your loss. I was only 6 weeks. hopefully things will get better for the both of us

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