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Doctor insights on: Miscarriage Vs Stillbirth

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What is the difference between a miscarriage and a stillbirth?

Fetal age: Once the fetus approaches 20+ weeks gestation and is lost it is generally considered a "stillbirth" because a death certificate is required in some states. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


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What's the difference between miscarriage and stillbirth?

What's the difference between miscarriage and stillbirth?

Difference: A miscarriage is usually a pregnancy loss at less than 20 weeks. A stillbirth occurs with the death of a fetus before delivery beyond 20 weeks. Some states will classify a stillbirth on the basis of the weight of the fetus at delivery. ...Read more

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My cousin just had an 18 week stillbirth and now wants to try to get pregnant again. She has had 4 miscarriages in the last year. Is she ready?

So sorry : ... That she has had to go through such a difficult year. Before trying again, it might be helpful to see a high risk doctor to try to find out why she's having so much trouble. Depending on the reason, there may be things she can do before she gets pregnant to help have a good outcome. ...Read more

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What are the risks of miscarrying at seven months?

What are the risks of miscarrying at seven months?

You can't.: The definition of a miscarriage is a pregnancy loss before 20 weeks. At 7 months if the baby were to be born dead it would be a stillbirth, if alive, premature birth. At 28 weeks the chance of survival of the infant is 95%, although it is likely there will be long term complications like eye problems and lung problems. 1st trimester goes from 20% to 5% after heartbeat seen, < 1 % after 1st tm. ...Read more

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What is a miscarriage?

What is a miscarriage?

Pregnancy loss: Most typically mean a loss of living pregnancy during the first or second trimester. Some also consider a stillbirth in the 3rd trimester a miscarriage.Sometimes the body expels the entire pregnancy with bleeding, at other times the fetus remains in the uterus and is only detected by ultrasound or absence of the fetal heart tones. Consult your md if you have these signs. ...Read more

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How far along can you be until a miscarriage happens?

How far along can you be until a miscarriage happens?

1st to 2nd trimester: Most happen during the first trimester. After viability during the second trimester, it is called a spontaneous abortion or stillbirth. ...Read more

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What's the difference between miscarriage and still birth ?

Gestational age: Miscarriage is the term used when pregnancies fail prior to 20 weeks. A stillbirth is a child that is born and expired after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The term intrauterine fetal demise refers to both regardless of gestational age if the baby is not living while in the uterus. ...Read more

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I got 1st period june 28 after stillbirth.I didn't sex with my spouse.Can start for ttc yet 2nd period is not come till nw.If no, when can start for ttc?

I got 1st period june 28 after stillbirth.I didn't sex with my spouse.Can start for ttc yet 2nd period is not come till nw.If no, when can start for ttc?

Now: Most physicians recommend not ttc for three months after a pregnancy ends in any fashion (miscarriage, stillbirth or normal pregnancy). Once menstrual periods resume, you are probably ovulating and can resume attempts at conception. ...Read more

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I have syphilis and I am pregnant. Am I susceptible for having a stillbirth?

Syphilis + Pregnant: If you're pregnant, you may pass syphilis to your unborn baby. Congenital syphilis greatly increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or your newborn's death within a few days after birth. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more