The fact that something bad happens to the baby is one of the main concerns that women have when they know they are pregnant. And the death of the baby in the womb is one of the harshest circumstances that a mother and her partner have to go through. Can the death of the fetus be prevented? Unfortun
The fact that something bad happens to the baby is one of the main concerns that women have when they know they are pregnant. And the death of the baby in the womb is one of the harshest circumstances that a mother and her partner have to go through.
Can the death of the fetus be prevented?
Unfortunately, this situation of fetal death can not always be prevented, however it is known that a good control of pregnancy by the midwife and the gynecologist diminish the chances.
One of the objectives of obstetric control is to diagnose and / or detect diseases in the mother that could increase the risk of fetal death (see the causes of fetal death of maternal origin), if these women were presented they would be taken in units that we call 'high risk' to be able to follow more carefully the pregnancy.
In the ultrasound controls, some abnormalities can be detected in the fetus, which in many cases can be treated intrauterine, or else it can be scheduled in a hospital center that has the specialized care that baby will have at the time of birth.
How fetal death is diagnosed
One of the hardest things related to this process is that the mother must give birth to the dead baby. The most common is that the birth starts spontaneously before two weeks since the fetal death occurred. If it is not like that, or it is diagnosed by the doctor, it will schedule the best moment for induction of labor.
One of the main reasons why midwives emphasize consultation in the fact that women notice EVERY day moving their baby from week 26-28, is the best way to control fetal well-being.
It can also be confirmed by ultrasound, in which there is no fetal heartbeat.
Symptoms of fetal death in pregnancy
The death of the baby can occur without any warning, but if the mother notices that the baby moves less than usual or does not, we usually recommend that she eat something cold and sweet and to lie down on the left side, for a few minutes. If you do not notice the baby moving normally, then you should go to the gynecologist to perform additional tests.
Other warning signs are vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain that does not subside ...
In any doubt, gynecologists and midwives are available to couples to reassure them.