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Stillbirth In Children
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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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
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
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
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
I had a stillbirth and I delivered it the normal way. In fact scan confirmed it on Sunday and I delivered it on Monday. My question is, do I need to c?
Need more info: I need more information before I answer and advise you ...Read more
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
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
See Ob: Talk to your OB. You may need work up for occult blood clotting problems. ...Read more
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
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
Several.: Obstetric complications (abruption, multiple gestation, preterm birth - 29%), placental disease and fetal growth restriction (fgr - 24%), fetal genetic/structural abnormalities (14%), maternal/fetal infection (13%), umbilical cord abnormalities (10%), hypertensive disorders (9%), other maternal medical conditions (8%). One third/fourth of cases remain undiagnosed/idiopathic. @34 weeks fgr likely. ...Read more
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
It depends: There are many reasons for stillbirth- -some are related to mother's medical illness which may require continuing treatment after the birth. Others are only related to baby-- these will require a shorter hospital stay for mom. ...Read more
Just can't seem to let go off the past and move on after stillbirth. Should I try to get pregnant like they say?
Perinatal loss: Women vary in the time that they take to grief after a stillbirth. Some women want to try again as soon as possible, while others wait for months to try again. Since we're all different, you have to be the judge of when you're ready. You might try counseling to help you. ...Read more
I had a stillbirth at full term...In your field how often does this happen and what are the chances of it repeating? No cause was found.
About 1 in 1000: The risk for fetal demise is about 1 in 1000 at 39 to 40 weeks. The chance for a recurrence is about twice as high. ...Read more
No: Not automatically, because a stillbirth can have an obviously non-genetic cause, such as an umbilical cord accident. When the cause is unknown, a genetic investigation is indicated. ...Read more
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