Coping With Stillbirth and Late Term Pregnancy Loss
on Oct 17, 2013
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Coping and dealing with late term miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death can be very difficult. Unlike an early miscarriage, women who lose their babies later on have already had a chance to bond with their unborn child, and are often fully prepared and awaiting their baby's arrival.
Without a doubt, the hardest type of pregnancy loss is late term pregnancy loss. While any pregnancy loss is difficult, late term pregnancy loss is often the hardest, since women usually think they are past “that point” where they would have to worry about losing their baby. Also, with late term pregnancy loss, women have more of a chance to bond with their unborn babies, have baby showers, pick out names, decorate nurseries, and really prepare themselves to meet their baby. This is why late term pregnancy loss can be so devastating. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Late Term Miscarriage is described as a miscarriage which takes place after the end of the first trimester, but before twenty weeks. Sometimes these late miscarriages technically happened at an earlier time in the pregnancy, but were not discovered until later. Other times, there might be a genetic problem with the baby. Still other times, a late term miscarriage is caused by an infection or other illness that affects the mother.
Stillbirths are very uncommon these days, affecting only about one in 160 pregnancies. Stillbirth is defined as when the baby dies before birth, after the twentieth week. Before the twentieth week, this is known as miscarriage. With proper prenatal care, stillbirth is very rare with all of the medical technology that we have these days. Usually, stillbirths are caused by an underlying condition during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Women who do not receive proper prenatal care are at a much higher risk for stillbirth than women who see a doctor regularly during their pregnancy.
Neonatal Death is classified as a death which occurs within the first 28 days of a baby’s life. After 28 days, a baby’s death is considered an infant death. The most common cause of neonatal deaths are babies that are born prematurely. There are also some genetic disorders, such as Trisomy 13 and Anecephaly that can cause neonatal death. While medical technology has advanced greatly and babies that are born prematurely have a better chance than ever of surviving, there is still much more work to be done in this field. For example, a baby that is born between 24-25 weeks gestation will only have around a 50 percent chance of surviving.
Coping and dealing with late term miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death can be very difficult. Unlike an early miscarriage, women who lose their babies later on have already had a chance to bond with their unborn child, and are often fully prepared and awaiting their baby’s arrival. The thought of going home to a completed empty nursery is heartbreaking. It is very important for women who suffer this type of loss to make sure to give themselves enough time to heal not only physically, but emotionally as well.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).