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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Stillbirth

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How do doctors diagnose cause of stillbirth?

How do doctors diagnose cause of stillbirth?

With difficulty: Unfortunately it's not always evident. Examination of the stillborn sometimes shows us cord problems or obvious birth defects. The placenta is examined for problems, an autopsy can be ordered on the infant looking for birth defects. Chromosomes & blood tests looking for abnormalities (diabetes, lupus, infection, etc) are also done. However, many times the reason is unexplained or unclear. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more


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There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

Unknown=unknown: The more advances we make in genetic analysis & general study of fetal development the more of these cases will move from unknown to known. I watched a monitor abnormality during labor turn out to be a baby gripping his cord hard during contractions, causing a dangerous reduction in heart rate.That kid turned out fine, but it points out that sometimes we can't find evidence after the fact ...Read more

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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

No: Although legionnaires' can have long-term effects, particularly on the elderly or the chronically ill, these effects are typically fatigue or neurologic symptoms. In the immunosuppressed (hiv patients, those on certain medications, or the severely ill), the bacterium has been known to spread to several organs only on very rare occasions, and no involvement of the uterus has been reported. ...Read more

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I got hit in stomach I'm six months pregnant can this cause a stillbirth? I go to the doctor Wednesday if she hears a heartbeat is everything ok?

I got hit in stomach I'm six months pregnant can this cause a stillbirth? I go to the doctor Wednesday if she hears a heartbeat is everything ok?

Depends: i am concerned about you being hit during pregnancy . was this by someone you know? by your partner? Intimate partner violence can increase in pregnancy. a strong hit can harm the baby or cause damage to the placenta. I assume you still feel your baby moving around. ...Read more

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How often does toxoplasma cause stillbirth?

Chances: If you become infected during around the time of conception there is a less than 5% chance that your baby will also be infected. During the 3rd trimester there is a 65% chance your baby will also be infected. However, babies infected duirng later pregnancy are less likely to develop serious health problems. ...Read more

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Can blunt abdominal trauma cause stillbirth?

Yes: Yes trauma can cause stillbirth. If you have been attacked or injured please seek medical attention. If you are being abused please seek help. Your life and your baby's life are at risk. There are many options available. ...Read more

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How does listeria cause stillbirth in pregnancy? Is it possible to be contaminated with listeria and not have any adverse symptoms until birth?

How does listeria cause stillbirth in pregnancy?  Is it possible to be contaminated with listeria and not have any adverse symptoms until birth?

Listeria: typically by infecting the bag of water. The symptoms might be mild enough that you might not be aware of them. Listeria is not a very common cause of chorioamnionitis, but is quite serious. ...Read more

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38wks pregnant, gained a total of 32lbs with this pregnancy. Doctor concerned. Can too much weight gain during pregnancy cause stillbirth?

38wks pregnant, gained a total of 32lbs with this pregnancy. Doctor concerned. Can too much weight gain during pregnancy cause stillbirth?

Stilllbirth: It is unlikely that stillbirth can be caused by the amount of weight which you have gained. Excessive weight gain, however, is related to diabetes of pregnancy. Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to elevated blood sugars which in turn can lead to stillbirth. ...Read more