Work After Miscarriage

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ann - July 20

how soon can i return to work after a miscarriage?

 

Tiffani - July 20

Hi Ann .... I'm very sorry to hear what happened to you. I think that it all depends on the person. I had my D&C done on a Thursday and I didn't go back to work till the week after. Physically I probably could have went back Monday but I wasn't emotionally ready. I needed that week to get my head straight. I was fortunate to have a boss that understood. Talk with your boss and see if you can have some time off. It's very hard to go back to work when all you want to do is cry. Whatever you decide I hope it works out for you.

 

Veronica - July 20

I lost mine at 19 weeks, and I was really showing. I have been home for two weeks now and I have one more to go. I am dreading going back to work more than you would believe. I am just not ready for all the people telling me how sorry they are for me. I just want to sit at home and cry.

 

crisy - July 20

Hi Ladies. I am very sorry for your losses. I think that it depends on the person but also on your work policy. I was on bed rest and when I lost the baby I had to go back to work the week after. The worst part is that I work with babies and pregnant women. I cried so much and even now I still cry. The best advice I can give you is to go back to work when you are ready. Take care.

 

Cabbie - July 20

I agree that it depends on the person and also how far along you were. With my first miscarriage, I was six weeks along. I also have two other children. It happened to be the week of my daughter's first day of preschool, open house, and enrollment in dance cla__s (trying on and buying dance uniform, etc.). While I have a lot of family help, these were things I felt I needed to do, so I was standing in a forty-five minute line in the middle of my first day of miscarriage to get my daughter fitted for dance, took her to her first day of school on the second day....I remember standing in line and leaning on a door jam in a lot of pain, wanting to yell, "Let me through! I'm in the middle of a miscarriage!" But of course I didn't. With this last miscarriage (10 weeks), I had a d&c so the physical aspect was really easy compared to my natural miscarriage, however three weeks into it, I am still having a problem with being around people who knew I was pregnant, especially in large groups. I don't want people to treat me differently or act like they feel sorry for me. I have been able to stay in control for this long, and I think one little slip and I could crumble. Eventually I probably will, but not around my kids who have no idea what has gone one except that mommy's tummy hurt and the dr fixed it.

 

LadyJ - July 20

I had a miscarriage over the July 4th weekend. I was 5 weeks and actually miscarried early the morning of 7/3 (no D&C). The doctor cleared me for work right away that Tuesday, 7/5, but I took Tuesday off just to pull myself together emotionally. I returned on Wednesday, but had a really REALLY tough time for the rest of that week and the next.

 

RG - July 22

I'm sorry for your loss. I had a D&C in April, and returned to work the 2nd day after. I can't say I was terribly productive for the next few weeks, but I had very little sick leave so I had no choice. I found that I would start crying for no reason, or I would think about the baby and start again. At any given time, my co-workers would walk in on me crying--a little embara__sing. On the other hand, it was helpful to be at work, instead of at home, where I just spent the day sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Does that make sense? Good luck to you.

 

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