The Symptoms Of Stillbirth And How To Avoid Them

The Symptoms Of Stillbirth And How To Avoid Them

Stillbirth is different from miscarriage. But however it happened or whatever name it's called, losing a baby is a crushing experience. Each woman may experience stillbirth differently. However, some symptoms of stillbirth are common, and certain factors play a role in what causes a baby to be stillborn.

What is stillbirth?

Stillbirth is also known as intrauterine fetal demise. If a baby is delivered dead after the 20th week of pregnancy, then it is referred to as a stillbirth.

What are the symptoms of stillbirth?

The Symptoms Of Stillbirth And How To Avoid Them

  • You start having cramps in your abdomen.
  • You might notice the baby has stopped moving or moving more or less.
  • Painful swelling in your legs, hands and face.
  • Your instincts might tell you.
  • Vomiting and nausea that affects your appetite
  • Abnormal discharge from vagina
  • Drawn-out headaches and changes to your vision


What causes a baby to be stillborn?

 The causes of stillbirth are not always clear, but the most common ones are listed below.

Complications during Pregnancy
  • Placental problems
  • Trauma or injuries
  • Early labour (Before 37 weeks)
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Chord problems
  • Pregnancy longer than 42 weeks
  • Lupus and Thyroid disorder
If the mother is infected

The Symptoms Of Stillbirth And How To Avoid Them

Sometimes infections are not noticed until it is too late to remedy it. By then a miscarriage is happening or stillbirth has already been born. Infections include.

  • Fifth Disease: the Fifth disease is a disease caused by a virus known as B19. It is common in childhood. The disease can be contacted through the air when the carrier sneezes or coughs.
  • Urinary tract infection: This infection affects the sex organs. The urinary tracts like the bladder and kidney helps your body with the removal of waste. Contacting genital herpes from a carrier through sexual intercourse can cause stillbirth during pregnancy.
  • Cytomegalovirus: It is also known as the CMV. The CMV is a herpes virus that can be contacted through the blood, saliva, mucus, or urine of an infected person. Though this virus is common in children, it can cause stillbirth if contacted during pregnancy.
  • Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma. You can contact it from eating undercooked meat.


The baby is affected
  • Rh Disease: This disease is preventable. When a woman doesn't have the protein called Rh-negative and she becomes pregnant with a baby who is Rh-positive, then Rh disease can happen.
  • Genetic conditions: Genetic conditions like down syndrome affects stillborns. Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition. A chromosomal condition is when there is a problem with one or more chromosomes.
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Getting too little oxygen during labor and birth


What are the risk factors that cause a baby to be stillborn?

The Symptoms Of Stillbirth And How To Avoid Them

 Stillbirth can happen to anyone but some women are a little more open to it. The risk factors include:

  • Lacks access to prenatal care
  • Experienced too much stress in the year before delivery.
  • Older 35
  • They are African American

 How can you lower the risk of having a stillborn?

 You can do the following to lower the risk of stillbirth.

  • During pregnancy, do not take marijuana or any other such like things.
  • Take regular check ups before pregnancy. This ensures you're healthy during pregnancy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight before getting pregnant.
  • Your doctor should regularly check the baby's heart rate and movement.
  • Call your doctor if you feel any pain or bleeding from your vagina.
  • Your doctor should monitor you and your baby closely If you get pregnant again. The doctor may ask that you keep counts to keep track of how the baby moves.
  • Exercise and eat well.
  • Avoid food poisoning and other infections. Try to eat only home-cooked meals and avoid foods from fast-food restaurants or bukas.

How can parents deal with having a stillborn?

 This is a painful time for the family at large. This is especially hardy because this happens later than miscarriage when the mother has experienced the thrill of having the baby kick. It feels so unfair for the woman to go through the pains of labor with no baby to bring home. The kind of grief that comes with stillbirth can be complex and confusing.

Different parents process this in different ways. The counselor or therapist might bring them the stillborn to hold as part of the healing process. While some may prefer some sort of object for them to remember the baby by. The object might be the baby's hair or picture. Note that you as the parents reserve the right to agree to holding the baby or any mementos.

The after-effects of stillbirth may leave some women not wanting to hear anything about pregnancy or a baby ever again. While it may leave others worried if they can ever get pregnant again. Those women who belong to the latter group might feel like they are trying to replace the baby they lost as soon as they can. But each baby will always be special to you.

The point is you definitely can get pregnant again after a stillbirth. You should take as much time as you need to grief and heal. When you feel like being pregnant again ask your doctor if it's safe.


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Written by

Lydia Ume