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Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Overview)

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, and umbilical cord accidents.


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Can a woman have more than one stillbirth? Scared to try again.

Can a woman have more than one stillbirth? Scared to try again.

Stillbirth: The cause of the first stillbirth would help determine your recurrence risk. In general, there is a 3 - 5% risk of recurrence. Older women however have a greater chance of stillbirth. A consultation with an maternal fetal medicine specialist may help you estimate your recurrence risk and plan your next pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Overview)

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, and umbilical cord accidents.


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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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I delivered stillbirth 3 month ago.Now period is not come there is no symptom of pregnancy.Bt in 1st pregnant there is lot symptom.What will do.Pls help.

I delivered stillbirth 3 month ago.Now period is not come there is no symptom of pregnancy.Bt in 1st pregnant  there is lot symptom.What will do.Pls help.

Late period : Sorry for your loss. Your period could be late due to changes to your body/hormones after a delivery. But if you think you could be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test and present early for prenatal care. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of stillbirth?

Are there ways to prevent the symptoms of stillbirth?

Maybe: Pt with a history of stillborn get frequent ultrasouns and fetal monitering. Although nothing can absolutely prevent a stillborn, these tests will dramatically decrease the risk. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten out of bed or stopped crying since a diagnosis of GD on Thursday. Is this a normal response? So defeated. Worried about a stillbirth.

Peripartum depressed: While GD (gestational diabetes) is not a gr8 diagnosis & does increase the risk of stillbirth, it is not fated or certain. In the right hands, GD can be treated & the majority of babies are born with minimal complications. See an endocrinologist. Is this your first child? Have you had GD b4? How far along are you? Your other symptoms sound like peripartum depression. Discuss w/ your Gynecologist. ...Read more

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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

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Periods are irregular after stillbirth in may 21st.My last period july 31st.I done blood test in hospital in sept 5.It was neg.When will take test?

Periods are irregular after stillbirth in may 21st.My last period july 31st.I done blood test in hospital in sept 5.It was neg.When will take test?

See your doctor: There are many reasons for continued bleeding or spotting after a stillbirth or for that matter, any pregnancy. There is more to the follow up of a pregnancy than the blood test and if you have continued abnormal bleeding, you should let your doctor know. You may need a pelvic exam and an ultrasound. You do not want to miss the presence of retained products of conception. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stillbirth?

What are the tests for stillbirth?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the pregnancy is the most definitive. Lack of fetal cardiac activity confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more