Wow, Sad!

Just to set the record straight, and because I have been so annoyed in the last 24hrs with ton’s of people advising concerned first time mom’s to "not worry if their baby isen’t moving much" "Stillbirth is very rare and only happens to problem pregnancies" Ect. I have even had people tell me that their doctors tell them not to bother doing kick counts cause it will give them unecessary stress. 🙂

Here are some facts and the websites to back to them up. Just to set the record straight. They are hyperlinks.

Stillbirth is common. It may affect anyone. There is no way to predict when stillbirth will happen or who will experience it. Stillbirth occurs in families of all races, religions, and income levels. Each year in the United States about 25,000 babies, or 68 babies every day, are born still. This is about 1 stillbirth in every 115 births. Something as common as this will, at some point, directly or indirectly touch the lives of many people. A friend, a relative, or you, yourself, may experience stillbirth.

Stillbirth is the death of an infant in-utero at 20 or more completed gestational weeksMore than 25,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year. Almost 50 percent of these deaths occur at or near full term and often seem to be otherwise healthy babies. The majority of stillbirths (85%)occur before delivery with 15% occurring during labor and delivery.
At this time, stillbirth cannot be predicted or prevented.  However, there are helpful strategies for pregnant women to follow to help reduce the risk of stillbirth:

There is no evidence to reflect that stillbirth is hereditary.  However, because 1 in 116 babies are stillborn, women within the same extended family may experience a stillbirth. It is important to note  that these related women’s stillbirths may have no connect whatsoever

About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on December 10, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Yikes!
    Wow, that is so scary to me. I would never understand why it is that people seem so loathe to consider issues. Doing kick counts, monitoring movement, and getting regular checkups are good things that can give a mother peace of mind. Wouldn’t everyone rather be a little too paranoid and give themselves a chance to avoid issues as opposed to ignoring problems until it is too late? I know that no one wants to dwell on problems… but you can’t be naive.

  2. I didn’t know that any death over twenty weeks was considered a still birth. I have a friend who has had two in her fifth month. She always called them “misses” but obviously she can call it whatever she likes.

  3. do u know even babycenter somewhere wrote on the website the baby begins to move less during the last trimester so its not a big deal and I believed it.

    • It’s a common misconception, what babycenter said. What happens later in the third trimester is that the movements change in nature, but not frequency. They may go from rumbling, bustling movements to more subtle bumps as the baby takes up more room… but never DECREASE in frequency.
      Oy, you’re not alone, though – many people think that and dont’ question it.

  4. It’s so heartbreaking and frustrating.
    I had to leave because it was bringing me way too much stress than I could handle at this point in my pregnancy.

  5. with ton’s of people advising concerned first time mom’s to “not worry if their baby isen’t moving much”
    Yeah. I get that they’re trying to keep worried moms from panicking, but that is really just misinformation. The first thing my OB/the nurse asks at every appointment after 20 weeks or so is “Is the baby moving okay?” or something to that effect. Certainly there’s a reason for that.

    • I know right.
      They don’t have to fearmonger to spread awareness.
      I am only providing the stats here because it’s my proof that it isen’t rare. However, if I was a Health Care Provider, I wouldn’t offer up the stats so as to not cause additional stress, but I would let them know to pay attention to baby’s movements so they can tell if something is differant. Just be aware and pay attention. They asked me too if baby was moving, I would say yes, cause he was. However, once I said he’s not moving much and they said, oh it’s normal in the last few weeks. In my case it was not normal.

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