Pregnancy after having a stillborn
posted 29th Sep
Does it increase your risk of having another stillborn. I had my son on Sept 18th and at first I thought I didnt want any more kids so I declined the genetic testing. Now after talking to my husband we will be trying for another baby in the future but I'm not sure when. I'm already feeling worried about what can happen. I have a doctor's appointment on oct 2nd and will be asking questions then but just wanting to hear personal experiences. TIA.quote
posted 29th Sep
All depends on what happend to your LO
I lost a daughter when i was 17 at 24 weeks. I went thru an amino and stuff and found out she had the tip of a Chromosome missing number 17. If she were to of made it to term she would of been mentally retarted, wouldnt be able to retain a body temp, Couldnt control bowels and she wouldnt of lived no more than a few days. She also had spinda bifida.
I got pregnat last year and i stressed to my ob about my concerns about when i lost my child. They pulled up my records and they said that it was a rare occurance. That the likely hood of it happening again would of been less than 1 percent.
He monitored me closely and offered and amnio at 21weeks. I declined it and said whatever happens i'll accept it. My LO is now 9 months and very happy and healthy.
posted 1st Oct
First off ~ I would like to say how sorry I am to hear of the loss of your precious son. It is surely the most devastating situation to have to endure and there are no words to ease the pain. The path becomes a little less rocky as time goes on but the valleys and peaks remind us of the long soulful journey we all must make. My first Granddaughter was born still at 36.6 weeks due to torsion of the umbilical cord ~ not a true knot or nuchal cord but delivers the same devastation and heartache.
According to Dr. Jason Collins of The Pregnancy Institute in New Roads, LA, stillbirth mothers are 5 - 10 more likely to have a recurrent stillbirth ~ so you will be considered a high risk pregnancy when you become pregnant again (if you are not considered high risk ~ find a new healthcare team). My daughter in law was monitored during her second pregnancy from 28 weeks onward by Dr. Collins using daily home fetal heart rate monitoring in conjunction with their own OB. All went very well and our "rainbow" baby, Jacks, was born on June 14th, 2010!!!
I think you will have to be very open and honest with your doctor and you may want to be followed by a Maternal Fetal Specialist as well during your next pregnancy.
I have some guidelines you might like to follow on your next pregnancy based on the latest research. Discuss these with your health care team and see if they will implement them into your pregnancy plan of care. First off, become your expected baby's "guardian". Don’t ever hesitate to call your doctor, midwife or health care team with any questions and concerns you may have ~ they are there to educate and inform you ~ that’s their job!!! And, always trust your gut.
When you become pregnant, begin starting to sleep on your left side!!! Have your baby's estimated placental volume (EPV) measured at 10 and 18 weeks. Make sure your baby's heart, umbilical cord and placenta are visualized for normal construction and placement at 20 weeks on the anatomy scan and begin a daily journal of baby's moments at this time.
Insist on an additional ultrasound around 28 weeks to check the umbilical cord and placenta as I have mentioned above. If there is no problem, do your kick counts. If there is a problem, work with your health care team for a close monitoring solution such as frequent ultrasounds, daily home fetal rate heart home monitoring and Fetal Non Stress Tests, etc. Begin kick counting now three times a day and remember a change in baby's movements such as speeding up or slowing down, changes in sleep-wake cycles and differences in mobility tendencies could be the sign of a compromised baby. Don't ever hesitate to voice your questions and concerns to your healthcare team, and request additional ultrasounds during this pregnancy!!!
Your baby may experience “hiccups” which will first be noticed as soft, regular, rhythmic movements in the same place. As your pregnancy progresses, they will feel stronger and will eventually feel like hiccups except in your abdomen!!! Your baby’s hiccups should decrease as your pregnancy advances. Past 30 weeks your baby should not have hiccups every day. If your baby has daily hiccups, hiccups lasting longer than 15 minutes, or hiccups occurring more than 3 – 4 times in 24 hours, your baby should be evaluated for umbilical cord issues.
Also, check out the websites for Group B Strep (GBS) and CMV. Most health care professionals don't mentions these infections to moms. Be educated, be proactive, be vigilant.
Getting to know your baby's movements is imperative. Empowering moms to ask simple questions, be proactive and learn how to be their baby's "guardian" in utero will help to ensure a happy, healthy and hearty delivery day for all…xo