Complications of Pregnancy - Stillbirths

A baby delivered after about the 20th week of pregnancy will be diagnosed as a stillbirth instead of a miscarriage.


Following the pattern of the late miscarriage, stillbirths can be late miscarriages or they can be full deliveries. The fetus may have already died in utero or may die during the labor and delivery. Many of the reasons that apply to late miscarriage also apply here. Other reasons for stillbirths can include deterioration of the uterus, umbilical strangulation, infection of the amnion or uterine lining, or other physiological defects.

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