Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It can happen during the pregnancy or during labour.
The loss of a baby is devastating and very hard to accept. You may wonder why it happened or blame yourself. But a stillbirth can happen even in a pregnancy that has been going well.
In the weeks to come, try to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Take care of yourself in whatever way feels best.
Talk to your doctor about when he or she thinks you can try to get pregnant again. Some doctors may suggest that women wait 2 to 3 months. Others may think it's best to wait longer.
It depends on how quickly your body heals and on what was done to help deliver the baby. For example, if you had a C-section to deliver the baby, the uterus needs more time to heal. You also may want to make sure that you and your family are emotionally ready to try again to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
For your physical health and comfort:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or nurse call line or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
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