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Stillbirth is an occurrence of fetal death while it is still in the uterus. In most cases, the fetus is usually full term at the time of death. Although the reasons for stillbirth are still unknown, there are many possible causes that have been found through extensive testing. Certain people tend to confuse stillbirth with a
. Miscarriages generally occur in the
as opposed to stillbirths that usually happen in the last trimester. To learn more about stillbirth and how to prevent it, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.
How common is it for someone to have a stillbirth cause by E. Coli of the placenta?
E. coli of the placenta is almost never heard of but it is possible. In a rare case, the mother could become infected with E. coli from meat that hasn't been cooked well enough, by eating fruits and vegetables that haven’t been washed properly or handling animals or the feces of animals that may contain E. coli. Once the E. coli has been contracted, it may be possible for the mother to pass it on to the fetus through the placenta. The bacteria would then cause excessive bleeding which would lead to a miscarriage.
Many people who experience severe cases of E. coli usually become extremely dehydrated. Dehydration can cause a pregnant woman to go into premature labor. However, the chances of this situation occurring twice to the same person are highly unlikely. To avoid E.coli, there are many things a person can do such as eat fully cooked meat, wash raw fruit and vegetables before eating and frequently wash hands especially after touching farm or zoo animals.
When is it safe to have sex, exercise or get pregnant after having a stillbirth?
In many cases, a woman is able to resume her normal activities within two weeks of a stillbirth and /or a D&C if there aren’t any tears and she has healed well. Usually the best way to gauge this is to listen to the body. If the woman feels well enough to exercise and she takes it slow, there shouldn't be any issues.
If the woman is unsure about how far her body has healed from the stillbirth, there is usually a follow up visit to the doctor scheduled after two weeks and the woman can voice any concerns then. As for getting pregnant again, while a woman is sometimes able to become pregnant soon after a stillbirth, it is usually not recommended to try this until at least three months after a stillbirth so that the body is given enough time to revert to its normal state.
Is it normal to be bleeding and having severe back pain 4.5 weeks after having a stillbirth?
These symptoms are common for a woman to experience after a stillbirth or any type of pregnancy/delivery. Some of the causes for this are that the body may not have been prepared to deliver, there could have been an infection or sometimes tissue may have been retained from the placenta. In this scenario, the woman would be advised to see her doctor and have a
/ultrasound. While many women use a
pill to regulate the bleeding, the doctor could prescribe another medication to stop the bleeding if the woman is trying to conceive.
Can Down syndrome be the cause of a stillbirth?
This is possible since it has been found that stillbirth and miscarriages occur in 80% of couples who have babies with Down syndrome. When analyzing stillbirths, 8-13% of them were found to have chromosomal abnormalities. Among this, Down Syndrome was a commonly found problem. However, it is still not clear as to why Down syndrome causes stillbirth and miscarriages to occur since it doesn’t seem to be any fault of the parents at all.
Stillbirth can cause great trauma to both parents. Many questions arise when this occurs since parents often feel responsible for the loss. However, there are many causes of stillbirth and most are out of a parent’s control. If you have any questions or concerns about stillbirth and its causes, get in touch with an Expert for medical clarity and information based on your case history.
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Past history during pregnancy: final in 2005 miscarriage lead
Past history during pregnancy: final in 2005 miscarriage lead to dnc. No heart beat at 12 weeks. Positive anticardiolipin antibody igm 20, negative ana.
April 2006, positive anticardiolipin antibody igm 19. A full term pregnancy induced labor. Lead to HELLP syndrome. My non text book low blood pressure probably helped assist in misdiagnosed preeclampsia diagnosis. Had to have a drip of some sort to keep liver functioning. Winged off after baby was born. Couldn't breast feed.
Feb 2007, pregnant yet again Due in March 23. Rashes on and off starting in October 2006. Nose bleeds, feeling just yuck, more rashes in Feb. By February 9th blood transfusion by unknown anemia. Platelet clumping. Antiphospholipid syndrome. Induced labor March 5th to refrain from more complications.
Tubes tied. 2 beautiful miracle babies. Flash forward, general fatigue next couple years. 2014 couple rounds of steroids when sick with antibiotics. Started steroid shot occasionally. 2015, January every month until june, antibiotics, steriods, steriods shot, one month we skipped shot just did oral to change it up. Recurrent fever blisters, recurrent facial rash. Immense fatigue. July was good. August ok. Mid September fatigued again, steriodshot& antibiotic. Switched to different antibiotic bc first round didn't work in september. Trjed bacteria antibiotic for facial rash. Went away again. New hand rash on both hands. Never had before. Steriod shot. Decided to do lab work. No insurance since after pregnancy prevented it. Low positive of 19 anticardiolipin antibody igm. Negative ana still. Platlet 146,000. Ast 33. Alt 39. On flecanide for atrial tachycardia for 2 years, was on atenenol for past 10. Could maybe make those elevated? Mchc low of 31. Feeling unwell, very fatigued still. Now Oct 31, hand rash after 6 weeks finally disappearing. Steriod shot was mid Oct. And Oct 31, another fever blister. Doctor doesn't refer me to rhemotologist bc says my ana was negative still. And my positive anticardiolipin antibody igm was low positive. So i looked up my old labs, made copies for doc too. Found out my positive anticardiolipin antibody igm is normally around 20 since 2005, 2006, 2007 episodes. Always hoped with no pregnancies would go away but I've never had this many rashes, nor antibiotics and steriods and fever blisters, rashes, fatigue keeps reoccurring. I had transfusion, no bleed out in 2007, and rashes then, same anticardiolipin antibody igm range of 20. Should I be concerned? I feel worse some days than in the past. With transfusion and past not bleeding out. Doctors almost didn't listen then. Had I not been pregnant I probably wouldn't have made it HINCE they kept me for observation bc of baby. I was asleep when transfusion happen woke up in haze.
Opinions on now correlation. I read recurrent positive anticardiolipin antibody for 12 weeks is significant. Going on 10 years low positive of 19, 20. Afraid of going down. No health insurance.
I am 36 weeks pregnant, 37 years old. I was just now diagnosed
I am 36 weeks pregnant, 37 years old. I was just now diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Since this may have been going on for some time without being noticed, am I at a high risk of having a stillborn? Will controlling my levels from here on out help?? Baby is measuring in the 89th percentile already. My doctor will not induce early due to size. Plan to induce on my due date. I am so scared!!!!
I'am a healthy 37 year old woman, well healthy except
Hello, I'am a healthy 37 year old woman, well healthy except my high blood pressure with which I was diagnosed when I was pregnant for the first time and my pregnancy ended with stillbirth in 7 month. I started to take pills for my high blood pressure
and after a year I got pregnant again and this time all went smooth. I did develop a preeclampsia though but everything was under control and I gave birth to a healthy baby. After that I did loose a lot of weight but my blood pressure is still high and I must
take pills to control it. My question is, I still have a strong desire for another baby but I am terrified of another tragedy. I know the longer I wait , higher is the risk. Is there a chance that I might "avoid" preeclampsia this time or is too high of a
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