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The caring, professional staff at High Risk Pregnancy Doctors supports patients every step of the way, explaining every option and procedure in detail so they fully understand their condition. Being in the care of a perinatal specialist is not a cause for alarm. Instead, women can be comforted because they’re being cared for by a team of experts committed to the best outcome for mom and baby.

FAQ’s Q & A

What is considered a stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death or loss of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs.

What causes a stillbirth?

Oftentimes, the reason a mother experiences a stillbirth isn’t understood. Stillbirth occurs because the baby had an event during the pregnancy or birth that caused its death. Usually, stillbirths happen due to:

  • Birth defects or genetic problems
  • Issues with the umbilical cord or placenta
  • Conditions in the mother, such as high blood pressure, obesity, or uncontrolled diabetes

Although modern technology has greatly improved the quality of prenatal care and reduced the number of late and term stillbirths, the rate of early stillbirths (or fetal demise) remains about the same over time.

How do I know if I am at risk of having a stillbirth?

You’re at risk for certain medical conditions when you have more than one baby in the womb. These include:

  • Early labor (before 37 weeks of pregnancy)
  • Anemia (low iron levels)
  • Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid)
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness)
  • Miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Gestational hypertension or preeclampsia (types of high blood pressure that occur with pregnancy)

At Desert Perinatal Associates, the doctors have specialized training in maternal health that makes them especially skilled in supporting your health during pregnancy with multiples.

Can I have a healthy baby after experiencing a stillbirth?

Most women who experience stillbirth can still have a healthy pregnancy. The chance of having another stillbirth is quite low – less than 1%.

After you’ve given yourself ample time to heal both physically and emotionally, you may elect certain testing to determine the reason why you experienced a stillbirth. Other strategies that help you prevent having a stillbirth in a future pregnancy include:

  • A preconception checkup
  • Treatment for any existing medical conditions
  • Achieving a healthy weight prior to getting pregnant
  • Avoiding alcohol, smoking, and other substances

If you have a history of having stillbirths or concerns about experiencing one, call the office.

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