Women are less likely to have a stillbirth if they eat well, get early prenatal care, and avoid cocaine and all recreational drugs during pregnancy.
Some physicians have suggested that pregnant women count fetal movements several times a day during the last weeks of pregnancy to prevent stillbirths. It's believed that if the baby moves less often than is perceived as normal (one estimate is 10 movements within 2 hours) that intervention -- often with labor induction or a cesarean -- will prevent a possible stillbirth. However, research findings are mixed, and it isn't certain that counting fetal movements and intervening reduces the number of stillbirths.
Page Six: Pregnancy Loss and Grief
Pregnancy Loss and Body Grief
Years ago a woman was not supposed to grieve after a pregnancy loss.
If you have a pregnancy loss, you are entitled to whatever feelings you have, whether they are mild or intense, mixed or very clear. Some women feel like they're in shock, or depressed and guilty. They may feel that way for many weeks or months. If you are told that you're "overreacting" or "exaggerating your feelings," know that this is not true.
On the other hand, some women feel sad for a few days at the most and that's all. Don't feel bad if you don't feel bad, and you don't have to believe those who say you are "repressing" or "denying your feelings." Your feelings will vary depending on many factors, including whether this was a planned pregnancy.
Another factor in pregnancy grief is how far advanced the pregnancy was. Were you six weeks pregnant, or did you go through labor and give birth to a perfectly formed baby who was dead? Often, but not always, the intensity of feeling increases the more real the baby seems.