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Anxious theatre nurse

Hi

This is my first time ever posting to any type of group forum, but I am ripping my hair out.

Myself and my partner have been trying since last November (2017) I know that's not long, but first cycle we fell straight away. We were both over the moon, at 11 weeks I miscarried. This was a big blow, but I read up and realised it wasn't uncommon.

We had one normal cycle and then fell again, this time miscarrying after 6 weeks. Both times I have been lead to believe its normal and there is nothing I can do to stop it.

However I work in theatres in the recovery room which doesn't have any type of air filtration distemper for waste anaesthetic gases (known to cause miscarriage, among other things) I have done a lot of research but wondered if anyone has had similar experience, and what did you do?

Also it will be 6 weeks on Friday since I stopped bleeding from my miscarriage and no sign yet of a period, is this normal? I thought I would have turned by now.

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*It should say air filtration system for waste anaesthetic gases*

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I’m so very sorry you’ve had to go through this! I’ve had 3 missed miscarriages and a series of chemical pregnancies but after the first one I referred myself privately and found out I have a blood clotting issue so all my pregnancies were unsupported also I had an erpc with the second miscarriage so we could perform a test and my baby girl had trisomy 22:( miscarriages are beyond devastating and so common. My friend had a healthy baby girl then 4 miscarriages before she had her healthy baby boy. It’s worth discussing with a Superior if these gases could be causing harm and getting checked out fully for immune/clotting issues. Sending lots of love xxx

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Thanks Natalia

I'm in discussions with both my manager and occupational health atm, just a waiting game I guess.

It sounds like you have been through a lot, I'm so sorry to hear. But I wish you all the future success, surely knowing about the clotting disorder means they can do something to help you?

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I really hope they can help and reassure you, please let us know how you get on. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in the last 3 years but after a time of grief my husband and I seem to come back stronger every time. They’ve put me on Clexane now which will hopefully help. It such a delicate, precious thing but I pray we all get to have our precious babies soon 🙏🏼😘xxx

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Hi Kvelvetrose. I think it might be time to check your hormones gain. Perhaps wait a couple of weeks and see whether your cycle returns to normal. Without scaremongering, I would ask to be transferred from theatre until you are 12/40 wks pregnant again, as I know that anaesthetic gases are known to interfere with pregnancies. Something to discuss with your specialist and manager perhaps. Obviously, I wish you huge luck next time you become pregnant. Diane

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Yeah, there are a few options for me to move either into theatre (where there is air filtration) reception or possibly permanently in the acute pain service. I just need occupational health to get back to me on how long I need to be out and from what point, and where I can go.

Check my hormone levels? I did a pregnancy test this morning which was negative. I plan on waiting 2 more weeks and if I still havnt turned go to the docs.

Thank you so much, I'm overwhelmed by everyone's kindness xx

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Hi Kvelvetrose. You seem to be on top of things, so well done. From what I was taught, it’s the first 12/40 wks of pregnancy to be careful with the gases, so maybe speak to Occupational Health again, and make sure you’re working in a safe environment pre-conception too. Good luck! Diane

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Thanks, I'm just hoping I can get everything in place, and have a successful pregnancy. I don't know how many more times I can go through this x

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hi, although unexplained fertility for us, i am convinced my exposure to cytotoxics as a sister on a chemotherapy unit for the last 10 years had a part to play in my infertility. If you are pregnant or trying to, or going through fertility treatment you should have a risk assessment done by your manager. I was advised to avoid hazardous chemicals during my treatment and subsequent pregnancy and when i go back in 5 weeks, i will continue to as i am still breastfeeding. This is all backed up by our occupational health team and risk management team (NHS trust) i don't know if your manager is aware, but i would definitely ask to have a risk assessment and avoid these hazards. The silver cloud for us, (our gorgeous boy aside!!) Was my unit have now implemented closed systems for cytotoxic administration which drastically reduces exposure 👍 there is a LOT of info out there about exposure to hazardous chemicals for nursing/medical staff, quite scary stuff! Don't let work ruin your chances of a family! They can't ignore your concerns. Best of luck. Xx

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