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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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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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

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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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Is there chance to concive boy after stillbirth boy?

Is there chance to concive boy after stillbirth boy?

Absolutely: No question. But you should consult with your gynecologist to detrmine, if possible the cause of the stillbirth and if there is a genetic possibility of it happening again. My sympathies. ...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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My placenta is currently 6.2cms thick. Should stillbirth be a concern for me? So many studies indicate "yes."

My placenta is currently 6.2cms thick. Should stillbirth be a concern for me? So many studies indicate "yes."

Relax!: Placental thickness on ultrasound is dependent on so many variables (amount of amniotic fluid, fibroids, contractions, implantation on a uterine flexure point such as the fundus of lateral corpus crevices) that one should not leap to dire predictions without full maternal-fetal evaluation. 1-2/1, 000 risk for stillbirth applies to anyone, though, in the third trimester. Good fetal growth reassuring. ...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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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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How do couples cope with a stillbirth?

How do couples cope with a stillbirth?

It varies: If this has affected you, I am sorry for your loss. The death of a child before or after birth will strain the relationship in ways that do not make sense. Now is a time to work hard to reaffirm your love for one another. Ask your physician about support groups; there is no one-size-fits-all answer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having consecutive stillbirths?

About 1 in 16: Roughly 1 in 4 pregnancies ends sadly. So one in 1/4v1/4=1/16. A medical school classmate's wife had 4 pregnancies end too early. They later had 4 healthy kids. ...Read more

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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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Is it wise to wait a year before trying again if you have a stillbirth?

Maybe: If your stillbirth occurred in the second half of pregnancy (greater than 20 weeks), your body needs time to recover from the physical and nutritional demands of pregnancy. Pregnancies in less than 6 months can be associated with a slightly higher risk for preterm delivery and growth restriction. Nutritionally, you should at least stay on prenatal vitamins or take supplemental folic acid. ...Read more

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My friend had a stillbirth, what tests are normally done to find out why?

Autopsy: The main test on the baby is an autopsy to look for birth defects or other causes for the death. The placenta is examined and cultures done. The mother may have tests for viruses and other infections, diabetes, thyroid or bleeding problems. Even with all these tests it's not unusual to not find an answer. ...Read more

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I had used strone200 at third trimestress.i had stillbirth.does it affect my baby.please reply?

Prescribed?: Progesterone can be used for a variety of reasons during pregnancy. Hopefully this medication was prescribed to you. It is important to ask the prescribing doctor why it is being given. It does not cause stillbirth. ...Read more

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Stillbirth (Definition)

Stillbirth =death of fetus e after ...Read more