The fetus will need to be delivered. A vaginal birth is the safest option for most. Some may need a cesarean section. The doctor will talk about the options.
Labor may be started with medicine. It may be given through the vagina, as pills, or by IV. Treatment may not be needed if there are other living fetuses.
The birth does not have to happen right away. Problems for the mother may occur if the birth is put off for several weeks.
Having a stillborn baby is a traumatic event. Parents will need time to grieve the loss of their child. A
who works in pregnancy loss can help.
with parents with similar loss can also help.
Not all stillbirths can be prevented. Steps that can increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy include:
Before Becoming Pregnant
Have a visit with their doctor before you become pregnant. Work with your care team to control health issue like diabetes or high blood pressure.
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