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 weeks. More 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:
- Begin to monitor your baby’s activity at around 26 weeks. If you feel less than 8-10 kicks during a two-hour period, or if the baby is moving less than usual and you are concerned, contact your doctor immediately.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs (unless prescribed by your doctor).
- Report any vaginal bleeding, leakage or sharp pain.If you are post-term, discuss options with your doctor. Pregnancies longer than 42 weeks may be at increased risk for stillbirth.
- Do not hesitate to request a second or third opinion anytime during your pregnancy if needed to put your mind at ease.
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