When to Return to Work after a Miscarriage

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 13, 2011
Quick Bites

  • A proper retrospection can help you through the situation.
  • You must not prioritise your expectations related to the career.
  • Talk to your seniors about your condition and about resuming work.
  • You can work from home and then slowly resume her work.

A miscarriage can often affect the couple psychologically apart from physical anxiety. Therefore, a working woman should consult her partner as well as the doctor as to when she should return to work after a miscarriage.

work after miscarriageEmotion of grief, anger, depression and guilt are normal after a loss of pregnancy. You may feel the same painful emotions after weeks, and even months. Dealing with the situation and thinking of returning to back isn’t easy.


A few things can help you get over the emotional upset and streamline your thoughts.



Every woman post a miscarriage should reflect on the factors that caused it. A proper retrospection can often lead you to the reasons which cause this. However, be careful as there bound to be some negligence that can lead to the abortion of the foetus while it is inside the womb. This retrospection becomes difficult for women who are inclined towards building their career. Some might worry excessively about the loss of time and finance apart from considering the physical setbacks. This is not a healthy symptom and a woman needs to take it slow before she gets to decide the date of joining.


Learn to avoid any such situation in future

Once a woman has a miscarriage, it increases her chances of another miscarriage again. Proper rest and care under medical observation should be the priority for at least two to three weeks before joining work. However, this resting period varies from women to women as there is no one-size-fits approach as the body type differs from one individual to the other. Some women show faster signs of recovery while the rest take a couple of weeks.


Make use of your leaves

A woman who has just had a miscarriage should not prioritise her expectations related to the career. If it becomes totally unavoidable, then she should take frequent leaves so that there isn’t any additional pressure put by you on your body both pyshologically and physically. Apart from that, most organisations have antenatal laws which allow working women to take paid leaves during their time of recovery.


Talk to your seniors

Immediate joining of work is not advisable as the woman becomes twice more prone to stress than normal women post the miscarriage. If necessary, organise a brief meeting with your immediate seniors and tell them about your loss. The working conditions and the time offs can be made flexible accordingly.


A woman post her miscarriage should resume her work gradually. She can work from home and then slowly resume her work after two to three weeks. The most common mistake women make is that they consider themselves as fit to return to work as they do not have the baby bump with them anymore. This is the reason why women experience recurrent miscarriages.



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