Larisa Courtien and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for a little over two months before a pregnancy test turned positive — a short time in the TTC world, but then again when you’re trying to expand your family two months can feel like ages. “I had been asking my husband to really consider trying in June of last year, but we wanted to feel more financially stable and ready before we decided to officially start trying,” Courtien told HeyMama. For a week and a half before her pregnancy was confirmed she had been feeling common pregnancy symptoms — nausea, fatigue. She knew something was brewing.
“I had been feeling symptoms for a full week and a half and was so excited,” she said. “I knew I was pregnant.”
What Courtien had no way of knowing, though, was that a month after her pregnancy was confirmed, she would experience a miscarriage. “I found out at the doctor’s office,” she said. In the span of just three doctor’s appointments, what Courtien had been excited to experience had vanished. “I remember finally seeing the doctor’s actual office — the bad news room,” she said. “I had never been in it before. He let me know maybe it was too early — maybe I was 5 weeks — and said we should wait a week to confirm it’s really a miss. Obviously, it was the longest week of my life. I miscarried formally at 8 weeks and had a D&C scheduled for when I would have been 9 or 10 weeks.”
While this pregnancy outcome is far from uncommon — as many as 20 percent of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage — it is often disorienting, painful, and confusing. So, too, are the ways pregnancy loss can impact the body long-term, including a previously pregnant person’s period. The first period that occurs after a miscarriage can be more painful than usual, heavier, have a different odor, or, as in Courtien’s case, delayed.
“By June I realized I had not had a period all year,” she said. “And I had no idea when it was coming back.”
Pregnancy hormones that linger in the body after a pregnancy loss contribute to a delayed period, and the farther along you were in the pregnancy the longer it typically takes for your period to return. There are other factors, of course, that can also cause a delayed period post-pregnancy loss, including Asherman’s syndrome, a complication from a D&C in which uterine membranes stick together to form scars and adhesions that can prohibit menstruation. Elevated stress levels can also delay your period, or cause you to skip it entirely, as can depression.
A delayed period is worth a call to your physician, which is exactly what Courtien did. “I called my doctor who said it was normal, but I didn’t feel normal,” she said. “I wanted to find some way to help naturally move things along. I found Hormone Balance Support from Mountain Meadow Herbs and figured I would give it a shot.”
Courtien had already been incorporating Mountain Meadow Herbs’ Ashwagandha Root Extract in her morning smoothies, so their products, as well as the benefits of those products, were not foreign to her. From the company’s Relaxing Formula to their Stress & Sleep Relaxation Support, the calming properties of the company’s carefully researched extracts and supplements have certainly helped Courtien through some tense situations as a mother to a toddler.
So in another difficult moment, when she was left to wade through the lasting physical and mental ramifications of pregnancy loss while simultaneously working and parenting, she turned to Mountain Meadow Herbs again. And within one week of taking the Hormone Balance Support supplement twice a day as recommended, her period returned after miscarriage.
“It signified the final and true end of my miscarriage,” Courtien said. “The final milestone to say that it was all over, and that we could start trying again if we wanted. It signified that my body was done and ready to move on — that final part of my physical healing that helped me with my mental healing.”
Of course, what worked for Courtien isn’t guaranteed to work for anyone else who is experiencing a delay in their period after miscarriage. And as Courtien did, it’s imperative that you consult a physician prior to taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements, and especially if you’re noticing an irregularity in your menstruation cycle.
But for Courtien, a combination of CBD oil, regularly working out, and Mountain Meadow Herbs supplements seemed to help her body find its way back to neutral and start having a period after miscarriage. And to her elated surprise, another shot at the future she has envisioned for her family.
“I’m really happy to share that we actually got pregnant the week of our first miscarriage’s due date,” she said. “We’re currently expecting and due in June 2021. So far, so good. Baby looks healthy and I am very, very symptomatic!”
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