Stillbirth

Experiencing a stillbirth is devastating for any parent. One way many find comfort, however, is by learning more about this issue, including possible causes and risk factors for stillbirth.  Find out how a stillbirth differs from a miscarriage and how to handle the effects of a stillbirth.  Also get advice on how to minimize your risk for a stillbirth and how to mourn the loss of your baby if you experience this terrible loss. 

Causes Of Stillbirth

Although many of the issues surrounding stillbirth are unknown, advances in medical research has allowed for the medical community to have more information regarding stillbirth, including how it might be prevented as well as how to detect any possible warning signs.  Read up on stillbirth warning signs and find out if there is anyway to prevent such a devasting loss. Being able to spot complications in your pregnancy and also ensuring regular checkups with your doctor during pregnancy may help to minimize the risk of stillbirth.  However, sometimes this terrible pregnancy loss cannot be avoided.  Learn more about the many reasons a stillbirth may occur.  

You can also read about the most common causes of stillbirth, including placental problems, birth defects and umbilical cord problems. Sometimes being very overdue can lead to stillbirth, especially if you suffered from gestational diabetes during your pregnancy.  Ask you doctor about an increased risk for stillbirth if you have pregnancy diabetes and are over forty weeks of pregnancy. Of course, in many cases, a baby may be stillborn for no obvious reason.  This type of stillbirth can be the hardest to deal with as parents end up with no explanation about why they lost their baby.

Even more difficult is when everything seems fine in the pregnancy and then the baby dies right at the end of forty weeks gestation.  This type of pregnancy loss is very difficult for any woman to deal with, especially since she will now have to give birth to a deceased baby.  This experience is very tramatic for all involved.  

Emotions

Emotions over a stillbirth are very strong so here in our stillbirth section. H

ere you’ll also find valuable resources for coping - both emotionally and physically - with stillbirth.  Stillbirth is one of hardest pregnancy losses to deal with.  Don't try to hide your emotions about this horrible loss and bottle everything up inside.  Talk to your partner, family and friends about how you feel and it is highly recommended to seek professional help for dealing with the emotions of your loss.

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ericawagoner
I lost my daughter on 4-26-11 and had her on 4-27-11 she had a cystic hygroma as well as hydrops and turners syndrome we found out at 16 weeks that she was sick and we had her at 26 weeks we had time to cope with it but it was still really hard going through it I am only 20 yrs old and me and my husband have went through a great loss and if any one knows how i fill please respond because i really need some help thanks.
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