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Fetal death--what happens to the baby?

Fetal death--what happens to the baby?

Breakdown of structu: The fetus within the intact fetal membranes is no longer nourished by the placenta( no heart pushing blood to & fro) so the structures begin to break down. They may pass as a miscarriage or need to be coaxed out by an induction or manual removal.Over time the tissue can attain a bag of soup consistency.Retained tissue can cause an infection that may kill mom ( as i saw once in training). ...Read more

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What are the chances of fetal death after the 2nd month?

What are the chances of fetal death after the 2nd month?

Fetal death: Once a fetal heart beat is heard externally using a doppler device the overall risk of pregnancy loss is approximately 1-2 %. There are many different causes and reasons for loss. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called fetal death.?

Describe the disorder called fetal death.?

Fetal death: Fetal death refers to the spontaneous intrauterine death of a fetus at any time during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is intra uterine fetal death?

What is intra uterine fetal death?

In utero demise: An intrauterine fetal death or demise is a pregnancy complication where the fetus dies in the uterus before labor occurs. It usually requires labor induction or a d & e to remove the fetus and the other products of conception from the uterus. ...Read more

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I had a missed misscarage. Fetal death reported 6 weeks ago. How long will it take to have a natural miscarriage on my own?

I had a missed misscarage. Fetal death reported 6 weeks ago. How long will it take to have a natural miscarriage on my own?

Usually: This usually occurs by now. Hopefully your doctor is following you and has discussed with you the fact that you may need a D&C. This is often but not always the case. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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R there any symptoms of intrauterine fetal death? I'm 18 w preg.And felt the baby moves for 2 days then i'm not sure if it's the baby or gases anymore

R there any symptoms of intrauterine fetal death? I'm 18 w preg.And felt the baby moves for 2 days then i'm not sure if it's the baby or gases anymore

Talk to your midwife: There is no reason to worry, a quick visit for a fetal heart rate check will let you know if the baby is ok. We prefer that you come n for an evaluation early, rather tan wait and worry. Moms start feeling baby movement between 16 and 20 weeks, it may not be obviously 'baby' at 18 weeks. ...Read more

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I've been depressed and not sleeping after suffering from fetal death?how do I get ovr it?

I've been depressed and not sleeping after suffering from fetal death?how do I get ovr it?

Loss: I am sorry for your loss. Grieving is painful but necessary. Consider sharing & accepting support from family, friends, a member of the clergy or a counselor. Sometimes if a person gets stuck in their grieving process - medications to help with sleep or depression can help. Take care. ...Read more

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I am 4-5 wks pregnant, I've had 3 pregnancies, all lost (1 interuterine fetal death), how do I make sure I carry this baby??

I am 4-5 wks pregnant, I've had 3 pregnancies, all lost (1 interuterine fetal death), how do I make sure I carry this baby??

Healthy living: Congratulations. Some times, we have no answers for why things happen. You are certainly prone to "miscarriages." Assuming the Gyn evaluated you and all is fine, simply be sure to live healthy for your growing baby-eat well, do not smoke, do not drink alcohol, decrease caffeine intake, take prenatal vitamins and Folic acid. Keep regular OB/GYN appts. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are fetal deaths still common in this day and age? What are the main causes?

Are fetal deaths still common in this day and age? What are the main causes?

Yes, they happen: If you are talking about the unexpected passing of a fetus in an otherwise healthy woman's womb, it is not exactly common but it still does happen - despite prenatal care - and in most instances the cause is not found. If mom is known to have diabetes, high blood pressure, or the baby is too small doctors will do everything to deliver the baby before it passes in the womb. ...Read more

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Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Are you referring: to fetal lobulation of the kidneys? That is a normal anatomic variant, not related to an in utero twin. ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary causes that could result in a death of a 34 weeks fetus?

Please, can you describe the primary causes that could result in a death of a 34 weeks fetus?

Unknown: 'unknown' reasons account for majority of stillbirths, meaning a source can't be identified. After that reasons include: fetal growth restriction/problem with placenta (due to hypertension, drug use), abruption (htn, drug use), infection, congenital abnormalities, umbilical cord compromise, hydrops (rh disease), platelet problems, uterine abnormality, heart problems, amniotic bands. ...Read more

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Is it true that the closer you get to death the more your body start to curl up into the fetal position?

Is it true that the closer you get to death the more your body start to curl up into the fetal position?

Dying Process: While this occurs in some people, this stereotype is not the usual situation. One scenario in which this can happen is the frail elderly patient that has a slow decline, confining them in bed over a prolonged period time. Then the large muscles, from disuse, begin to contract and atrophy, and the body becomes curled. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to determine the death of a fetus after a miscarriage?

What do doctors do to determine the death of a fetus after a miscarriage?

See below: Most of the time doctors cannot determine the cause of fetal death. Occasionally if genetic studies are performed on the fetal tissue we may be able to give a plausible explanation as to why the woman miscarried. ...Read more

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Our wood burning stove was left open accidentally all night. Would smoke from it affect a 12 week old fetus? Cause death or miscarriage?

Should be OK: Hi. As long as the chimney is unobstructed, it should be fine. Nevertheless, be careful, and leave a window cracked somewhere so smoke is drawn up the chimney. Your baby is probably fine. Good luck with the pregnancy and delivery! ...Read more

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What will be the usual cause of the death of the fetus inside the mother's womb ? Does carrying heavy things one of the reason of it ?

What will be the usual cause of the death of the fetus inside the mother's womb ? Does carrying heavy things one of the reason of it ?

Most: Most miscarriages occur for causes other than external factors. Medical, gynecological conditions, genetic factors account for most of the cases. Heavy weights lifting is limited mostly in high risk pregnancies. But is not a usual cause. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a er doctor gave a death twins fetus back to the mother in a pee cup and tell her to put them in the freezer?

Can a er doctor gave a death twins fetus back to the mother in a pee cup and tell her to put them in the freezer?

Not appropriate: unless the mother ask for such thing. it is very inappropriate to behave that way. second if the mother did abort they have to send the specimen to pathology for confirmation. I am sorry on behalf of all my colleague who think that was not a professional,or a moral behavior. I am really sorry. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a dead fetus?

What are the symptoms of a dead fetus?

A number: of symptoms/signs including but not limited to: Lack of movement ("life") sensations Bleeding (usually moderate-heavy) Cramps (usually moderate-severe) lack of growth (Ultrasound) Falling HCG (blood test) levels Hope this info helps DR Z ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant with a dead fetus still in you?

Can you get pregnant with a dead fetus still in you?

Fetal death: If you have a dead fetus in your uterus, you also have a placenta which makes hormones. These hormones suppress ovulation and your ability to get pregnant. So, no you can't. ...Read more

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What would happen if you didn't get a dead fetus removed?

What would happen if you didn't get a dead fetus removed?

Infection: If the dead fetus is not removed it can cause blood clots after two weeks and so should be removed. Frequently the mother will spontaneously abort the fetus. ...Read more

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How is a dead fetus removed from a woman's body?

Depends on situation: In some cases the fetal material may be infected or unresponsive to a hormonal induction & require surgical removal. In early pregnancy, it often sheds without help as a miscarriage. Later removal can be assisted by meds applied to the cervix & induction. Sometimes, the physician must assist the process with a dilation & curettage where remaining debris is removed manually. ...Read more

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What will happen to mother if dead fetus is not removed right away?

What will happen to mother if dead fetus is not removed right away?

Dead Fetus: Severe infection sets in eventually and the woman can get very ill and even die if left untreated. This would have happened quite commonly in years gone by before the advent of scans and d&cs (operation to scrape the inside of the womb out). ...Read more

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After having a miscarriage can u get pregnant even if the dead fetus is still in you?

After having a miscarriage can u get pregnant even if the dead fetus is still in you?

What?: A female can die if a dead fetus is left inside of her. She must get this situation solved urgently. Your scenario makes no sense. Please get to a good and safe gynecologist urgently. ...Read more