WHAT IS STILLBIRTH

IMPLICATIONS FOR A FUTURE PREGNANCY

If you’ve had an unexplained stillbirth, it may be comforting to know that there is no increased risk of it happening again. However, if your baby had a genetic abnormality you may be referred for genetic counselling to assess the risks and discuss your options for a future pregnancy.

There some factors that increase the risk of stillbirth. For example, women who smoke during pregnancy have been found to be at higher risk. You should take the necessary precautions to avoid infection from listeriosis, salmonella and toxoplasmosis during pregnancy, and try to keep yourself as healthy as possible. It is important to attend all your antenatal appointments. Report any pain or bleeding immediately, and monitor your baby’s movements. Your doctor will be able to advise you on how to do this.

The decision to try for another baby can be difficult. It may be the last thing on your mind, or it may be all you can think about. For some women, there is an overwhelming urge to be pregnant again as soon as possible. Any subsequent pregnancy is likely to be very stressful.

Some women are happy to return to the same hospital and the same medical team. Others prefer to ask their doctor to refer them to another consultant or another hospital.