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Doctor insights on: Stillbirth Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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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


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Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Consult with OB-GYN: Not knowing more about you it's very important that you talk about this finding with your ob-gyn for the sake of your baby and your emotional state of mind. You only want the best for this baby and your want to do everything to insure a healthy child is born. ...Read more

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What causes fetal growth restriction?

What causes fetal growth restriction?

MF/placental factors: Maternal-fetal and placental etiologies can all cause fetal growth restriction. Severa fetal syndromes can lead to fgr (e.g. Down, patau, triploidy, edwards, noonan's, digeorge). Multifetal pregnancies are at increased risk for fgr; this can result in fetal demise, fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy or even normal outcomes in non-syndromic cases. Placental infarcts, hypertension, lupus: culprits. ...Read more

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How do I know if adopted child has growth hormone deficiency, wrong birthdate, or growth restriction?

How do I know if adopted child has growth hormone deficiency, wrong birthdate, or growth restriction?

Need to chart growth: If your child is very small, a physician needs to chart and analyze growth over a period of time by using a growth chart. If a child is small but growing at a normal rate, that is very different than a child who stops growing. Also head circumference and weight gain over time also need to be factored in. If actual age is not known, an estimate can be made by an xray of the hand bones. ...Read more

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

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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How long do you stay in the hospital after a stillbirth happens?

How long do you stay in the hospital after a stillbirth happens?

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

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Autopsy shows stillbirth had eagle barrett syndrome.Will this recur?

Autopsy shows stillbirth had eagle barrett syndrome.Will this recur?

Probably not: I'm sorry for your loss. Usually eagle-barrett is sporadic -- "just happens", and the severity is widely variable. Should ultrasound reveal it in a future pregnancy, discuss all your options with your physician. ...Read more

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I delivered a stillbirth girl at 24 weeks and want try again. What testing or such is recommended before doing so?

I delivered a stillbirth girl at 24 weeks and want try again. What testing or such is recommended before doing so?

Good question: Status of evaluation for stillbirth ?fetal autopsy ?placental evaluation ?karyotype ?indirect coombs’ ?serologic test for syphilis ?screen for fetal-maternal hemorrhage (kliehauer-betke or other) ?toxicology screen ?thorough medical and obstetric history ?parvovirus serology ?lupus anticoagulant screen ?anticardiolipin antibodies ?factor v leiden mutation.. These are just a few of the many tests. ...Read more

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I delivered stillbirth on may 21.I got first period on june 28.I didn't get my second period...Is it any problem?

No: I'm so sorry for your loss. Sometimes after a stillbirth the periods might not be regular for a couple of cycles. As you likely know, you can get pregnant right away again, so if that's a possibility, you may want to check a home pregnancy test. Give it 2-3 months to return to normal cycle. Again, i hope you are doing well. Best wishes to you. ...Read more