Stillbirth is when you've been pregnant for 20 weeks or more and your baby dies before it's born
Stillbirth is the same as a miscarriage, except that a miscarriage occurs before 20 weeks and stillbirth occurs after 20 weeks
Not all stillbirths are caused by the same problem. Doctors do tests to figure out the cause of a stillbirth. Often, they don’t find any cause. Sometimes they find a problem with the placenta (the organ that feeds your unborn baby), your baby, or your body.
Often, after your baby dies, you go into labor. During labor, your doctor will see that the baby has died.
Sometimes the baby dies but you don't go into labor. You may have no symptoms for a while. Other times there are obvious symptoms:
Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of a stillbirth. The doctor will do tests to check your baby's health, such as an ultrasound (moving pictures of the inside of your uterus).
If you've delivered the baby and the placenta, you won't need any treatment.
If the baby or the placenta are still in your body, they need to come out. Your doctor might:
If doctors need to do a surgical procedure, they will give you anesthesia (medicine to put you to sleep).
It's normal to feel grief, anger, and guilt after a stillbirth.
Consider talking with another person if you feel sad and are grieving the loss of your baby
Remind yourself that it’s very unlikely you did something to cause your stillbirth
If you’re worried about having another stillbirth, talk to a doctor who can discuss possible tests if needed
Remember that many women who have a stillbirth get pregnant again and give birth to healthy babies