What are the Symptoms of Stillbirth?

Stillbirth is a devastating and tragic event where a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of gestation. The loss of a child in this manner can have profound emotional and physical impacts on the parents. Symptoms of stillbirth may include:

  • Absence of Fetal Movement: A sudden and noticeable decrease or absence of fetal movement, which is often a cause for concern.
  • No Heartbeat: During a prenatal checkup, a healthcare professional may detect no heartbeat using a Doppler device or other methods.
  • Bleeding or Spotting: In some cases, bleeding or spotting may be a sign that something is wrong and needs immediate medical attention.
  • Cramping or Contractions: Severe abdominal cramping or contractions may occur, signaling a possible problem with the pregnancy.

It’s important to note that in many cases, stillbirth occurs without any obvious symptoms or signs, and the loss may be discovered during a routine prenatal checkup or ultrasound when no heartbeat is detected.

Experiencing a stillbirth is a profoundly emotional and challenging event for the parents and their families. If you suspect a stillbirth or have concerns about your pregnancy, seek immediate medical attention for proper evaluation and support. Grieving and emotional healing are essential aspects of the recovery process, and seeking counseling or support groups can provide comfort during this difficult time.