During pregnancy | Miscarriage and Stillbirth

You may need time off work if you are ill as a result of a miscarriage. Sickness absence related to a miscarriage should be treated in the same way as pregnancy related sickness.

Yes, all sick leave taken as a result of a miscarriage or pregnancy should be recorded separately from other types of sick leave so that it is not used to your disadvantage, for example, in disciplinary or redundancy decisions.

If you have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, you are entitled to maternity leave and protection from discrimination in the same way as if you had a live birth. Prior to 24 weeks, the loss of the baby is treated as a miscarriage.

Last updated: 12 May 2016