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Pregnancy Loss Stillbirth

Pregnancy Loss:Stillbirth



What causes a stillbirth to occur?

Stillbirth

A stillbirth occurs when the baby has died after the 20th week of gestation. Statistics show that 1 out of every 200 pregnancies will end in a stillbirth and approximately 85% of stillbirths happen before labor actually begins. However, there are some stillbirths that do happen during labor and delivery.

While a stillbirth can not be totally prevented, there are certain things that a mother can do to lower the chances of it occuring. Quality routine prental care is crucial. Doctors are only able to diagnose and treat conditions if you present them with it. Women should report any concerns to her doctor. This includes bleeding, lack of fetal movement, signs of infection, sickness, etc. Doctors will monitor any high risk pregnancies that could lead to stillbirth. Pregnant mother should do a fetal kick count daily starting at atleast 28 weeks. Because smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs increases the risk of stillbirth, it should be avoided during pregnancy. It is best to be in optimal health before becoming pregnant because chronic health problems and obesity can increase the chances of a stillbirth.

A stillbirth can occur from a variety of reasons. 10-20% of stillbirths are caused by a problem with the placenta. Placental abruption is a leading cause of stillbirth as it will cause the placenta to pull away from the uterine wall and the baby can lack necessary oxygen. Another 20% of stillborn babies often have poor growth and have been growing improperly, making them susceptible to an increased risk of oxygen loss. Infections that involve the baby or mother are found in 10-25% of stillborn babies. Approximately 10% of stillbirths are caused by a chronic health problem that the mother experiences. High blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease are often the leading causes. Umbilical cord problems cause 15% of stillbirths. A fetus can lack oxygen if the umbilical cord becomes entangled, knotted or misplaced. Additional causes for stillbirths are car accidents, postdated pregnancies lasting longer than 42 weeks, Rh disease and problems that occur during delivery.

A stillbirth is usually suspected when a pregnant woman complains that her baby is not moving around. Some women go into their doctor's office and report a lack of fetal kicks when the devastating news is determined.

Fetal death is diagnosed via ultrasound examination. An ultrasound will confirm the baby has died by showing that there is no heartbeat. After the diagnosis, doctors will generally discuss delivery options with the expectant parents. In some cases, the woman will need to deliver the baby immediately. Most women decide to have their labor induced quickly after hearing the diagnosis. Labor will be artifically stimulated with vaginal suppositories that will help the cervix to dilate and Pitocin, which will stimulate contractions. Other mothers may choose to wait and go into labor on their own, which usually occurs two weeks after the death of the baby. Most doctors will not allow the pregnancy to continue pass two weeks in fear of complications.

After delivery, the placenta, umbilical cord and fetus will be carefully examined. In many circumstances, an autopsy will be offered. Most doctors will also do blood tests on the mother to determine the cause of death. However, not all cases have a justifiable cause. The likelihood of a stillbirth occuring in subsequent pregnancies varies from woman to woman. Placenta, umbilical and chromosomal abnormalities are not likely to happen again in another pregnancy. Chronic health conditions could put a couple at an increased risk of having another stillbirth though, so genetic counseling is often recommended.





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Quiver Full - 1080 days ago.
My name is Teresia. iam a birth and bereavement doula and childbirth educator. i wanted to let everyone here know about a great resource: stillbirthday.com if you have experienced a pregnancy loss it is a wonderful place to get answers and it can also be a place for you to help other moms experiencing loss. they are starting a new mentoring program if you are interested in being mentored or being a mentor. please visit the site and tell me what you think! i pray it is a source of comfort to you!

michellelaughs - 1189 days ago.
Hello Someone...This is a slow forum Thank God. I am posting just so that maybe someone who needs it can find support when their time comes. People don't like to talk much about 'loss' but when it is happening to you it sure can be helpful to hear others stories who have walked the road before you. My baby was born at 33 weeks 2 weeks ago. He was alive until shortly before pushing him out. He did not survive the labor. He wasn't expected to as he had numerous 'defects'. You can click on my profile for more info and please if you are going through this and need help feel free to message me as I know how awful it is and want to be a support if I can. xoxo

CaidenKaydence - 1208 days ago.
Hi ladies....... We lost our baby boy just 2 days after our 28 week ultrasound. He was delievered dec 22, 2009. It is very hard to go day by day without him here. As of now I am nearing 26 weeks with our daughter. Just two weeks away from our 28 week ultrasound and I am beginning to get very nervous. When I delivered our son we found he had 3 knots in his cord, The dr believed he may have moved too much or flipped too much. So everday I pray our little girl kicks me atleast 10 times but doesnt flip around too much. It is very hard for any parent to have to take this journey. I am sorry for all of you who are on this journey too and may god bless you and help you through.

Liandre - 1412 days ago.
Hello ladies. I am so sorry to read about all your losses:-( unfortunately i myself am part of this sister hood:-( i have suffered 3 still births.all between 26 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. After many tests it was discovered that i have a blood Clotting Disorder that required me to inject myself with blood thinners during pregnancy. I finally gave birth pre-Maturely to a baby boy at 33 weeks. He just turned 3 in january. I gave birth to another baby boy in june 2009. He was born prematurely at 28 weeks. He was in Nicu for two and a half months. He finally was discharged from hospital with no complications. Unfortunately at the age of 5 months on the 4 november 2009. I found my sound dead in his cot. It was SIDS. I was shattered. I still am. I doubt that i will ever get over it. Feels like i am being punished. To make matters worse, a week after Leigh's passing i discovered that i was pregnant again. Needles to say my pregnancy was stressful from the beginning. I finally gave birth to Zarah-Leigh at 33 weeks. She is now 7 and a half months old, and its anxiety all the way. I am taking it day by day. Its hard. . .

Leopard Print - 1417 days ago.
It's been exactly three weeks today since I've had my DD; she was stillborn. It feels like it just happen yesterday. I was 36 weeks and 2 days. I miss her so much. Feb 4 was my due date and it's coming up soon its going to be an extremely hard day for me. :( How did you ladies handle everything?? I feel like things will never get better. Out of all the people I know (eight girls I know including my self was pregnant at the sametime) I'm the only one who doesnt have their baby. Its so depressing!!! Is it possible to have post traumatic stress disorder after something like this? I want so badly to get pregnant again but that's not possible right now and plus I know that no one will ever replace my baby. I miss my baby so much!!!

jen122409 - 1425 days ago.
Christmas Eve 2009 my daughter Holly was born sleeping at 38 weeks. Its been a hard year, but I am now 34 weeks pregnant with my son. I'm excited, sort of. I can't shake the feeling that he won't make it either, I'm just not really sure how I should act. The closer I get to 38 weeks, the more depressed I become.

avy - 1441 days ago.
Wow you ladies are great, thanks for sharing and craing... means alot.......... My hopes and prayers are with you all!! Hardest thing ever to have to experience... makes you view life in a totally different aspect....... people say they hate to hear everything happens for a reason but I know Jesus gave my baby her wings for a very important reason and I'm going to always trust and believe in him and I hope you Ladies can find strength threw Our Father Above! GodBless!

tto - 1444 days ago.
I lost a baby at 23 weeks (after a miscarriage the same year) That was ten years ago for me but I remember it like yesterday. I am on the other side of the long dark tunnel. I live in the light now with two healthy sons. I know the pain and what it takes to heal. To a certain extent, I even think I know a bit of the why too. Now it's my passion to help other moms go through it- it makes my son's loss have more purpose. That's why I check this forum often. Please feel free to talk with me. Vent all your feelings or ask questions- anything. I will be praying for you all.

monika00 - 1444 days ago.
Avy~ the pain is unbearable and feeling alone is unfortinalty very normal. Often theis feeling lasts a while, and there is no real time frame that will cause it to pass. as it has been 2 month for me i am still smetimes randomly so overwhemled i have to pull over, or when i see a baby girl with a parent, or worse off when i see a baby girl with neglectful uncaring parents. it can be undescribale. I went to therapy with my husband, just one time to be able to get both our feelings out in the open and better understand who the other felt, as men tend to veiw this a whole differnt way. I have told many people that making excuses and saying this like it wasen't ment to be or the baby was sick. really hurts. sometime you just have to tell ppl. to F off. thats the truth. we cremated our baby and i had some friends give me awful looks. but when it comes down to it, we chose what was best for us and her. and i am glad we did it . everyne deals with grief differntly, but reaching out to someone supportive family friend therapy or stranger is crucial. You are not alone, no matter how alone you may feel.

avy - 1445 days ago.
I'm so sorry to read all your ladies stories, I know how you all feel, and its so very painful being apart of this devastating 'sister hood' If anyone would like to talk please let me know, I dnt know how I'm ever going to get threw this. No one seems to understand the pain I feel each and everyday, so lost with out my baby girl........ God Bless!

monika00 - 1446 days ago.
Losing a baby is so hard , the hardest thing i ever faced. We lost Annabella at 20 weeks, she was doing well until i started pushing. I had an incomplete cervix and i could literly feel her coming out and the sack of water was almost out before i got to the hospital. i was perfectly healthy and still am . She too was our first. It is extremly hard and even after 2 months i sometimes just break down. I send my love out to you wishing you strenght. it is hard but take it day by day. we were lucky and am now pregnant 3 weeks. we hope tis baby can hold on.

missy1988 - 1457 days ago.
I just suffered losing my baby at 15 weeks 5 days. I created a page on facebook to get bring awarness and support to what I'm trying to do. I'm making beautiful matching bracelets for demise babies and their mothers. I'll be donating these to the local hospitals but am willing to donate them to anyone who has lost a baby or babies before - just asking for a small donation in return since this is all coming out of my pocket. http://www.facebook.com/Until.We.Meet.Again.Bracelets I hope to bring some comfort to ladies during a hard time that I've experienced twice. much love. xo

aeli - 1513 days ago.
its great to talk to someone who understands me. everyone says everything happens for a reason but i am so tired of hearing that. I hope you get threw today and have strength. 'When the world says give up, hope whispers try again'. My email address is Vickyb.13@hotmail.com. i would love to continue to talk. Take care......

avy - 1514 days ago.
aeli, I was 38 weeeks and never imagined something like this would ever happen, I completely understand and feel you, she was going to be our first baby also... today is actually my due date and its tearing me up, I dont know what I'll ever do except try and stay strong and like you wait for answers... Everyone was asking me if i had, had my baby yet, hardest thing to do is want to be around people, If you would like to talk more maybe we could exchange email address.. Godbless...............

aeli - 1515 days ago.
I was 28 weeks.. We have a doctor appoitment in 3 weeks for some test on me. And to find out the other test that was done for my son . I felt less movement one day and called my doctor went in and my life was shattered. He was my first baby. I was perfectly healthy threw my pregnancy and still am. It sucks not knowing why or how but i just hope our doctor has some answers for us. its been almost 2 months and i cry everyday wishing he was here. the worst part is i work in a hair salon and my clients till this day still ask me You had your baby??? I would love to know your story? take care . aeli,

avy - 1515 days ago.
was he your first baby, my avy was my first I really dont understand and cant even begin to explain the shock this has had on me. so im would like to ask some questions if you dont mind and feel free to ask back..... how far were you? any answers? my prayers are with all of you.

aeli - 1515 days ago.
hi avy, i am so sorry i would love to talk...

avy - 1518 days ago.
hello aeli o, if you wouold like to talk i lost my little angel on the 12th born sleeping at 38 weeks......

avy - 1518 days ago.
hello

aeli - 1520 days ago.
I just lost my son last month on September 6 . he was born asleep. i wish i had someone to talk to about it. I feel alone even though I have my husband. I just wish things were different right now.

JeannineZ(bigmacsmum) - 1552 days ago.
I am currently 25 weeks pregant. I lost a baby girl last April 09 at 26 weeks pregnant. I am so scared....yet thrilled that this pregnancy is going great. My baby was lost due to high blood pressure(check out my profile for all the details). Anywaysw my BP is perfect this time and there is loads of movement. I still miss my baby girl everyday....time has healed and I have learned to forgive. It was by far the hardest thing I ever had to deal with. Contact me if you want to chat.

nycnaz23 - 1618 days ago.
My heart goes out to you ladies. Be strong and know that with every suffering moment God is blessing you for your strength. Congrats on the pregnancies and good luck. God is with you.

lilith - 1653 days ago.
I just lost my son two weeks ago, at 37 weeks. I can't handle his loss, my little Cam.... He was 13 ibs 3 oz, 23 inches long. God I miss him....

CroninS - 1708 days ago.
I just posted a blog on my profile regarding my baby boy.

hannah01 - 1749 days ago.
My son Joshua was stillborn in december '08, at just 25 weeks. He should have been born in march '09 which means he should be 1 years in 2 weeks time, i miss him so much, and although we are TTC again i no that no-body will ever take my sons place :(. Although i've been told it is a very low chance that it will happen again, i'm scared of having to go through it again. Everyday i miss him more. My prayers are with all of you mums that have lost babies. God bless x


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