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Family Planning After Pregnancy Loss Or Stillbirth


Plan for a healthy pregnancy:

Most women are able to have a healthy baby after pregnancy loss or stillbirth. You can take several important steps to reduce your risk for another stillbirth or miscarriage. Careful planning may help both you and your baby stay healthy.

See your healthcare provider for an exam before you get pregnant:

Your healthcare provider will make sure you are healthy and ready to get pregnant. He will make sure that your medical conditions are under control. This may include good control over your blood sugars and blood pressure. You may need tests to get information about your overall health. Tests will give information about your overall health. An ultrasound may be used to take pictures of your reproductive organs and check for problems.

Get genetic counseling:

A genetic counselor will help you understand how genes, birth defects, and other medical conditions, are passed from one family member to another. It may also help you understand how a genetic condition has caused a pregnancy loss or stillbirth.

Reach a healthy weight before you get pregnant:

A healthy weight may decrease your risk for another stillbirth or miscarriage. Ask your healthcare provider how much you should weigh and how to reach a healthy weight.

Keep all prenatal appointments during your next pregnancy:

You and your baby may need close monitoring during your next pregnancy. Your healthcare provider may check your baby's heart rate and movements frequently. You may need blood tests or a nonstress test. You may also need your blood pressure checked frequently.

Do kick counts during pregnancy as directed:

Your healthcare provider may tell you to start doing kick counts at 32 weeks of pregnancy. Kick counts measure how much your baby is moving in your womb. Kick counts will help you monitor your baby's movement on your own.

Do not smoke, drink, or use drugs during pregnancy:

Alcohol, smoking and other drugs can increase your risk for a stillbirth. Talk to your healthcare provider if you need help to quit using drugs, smoking, or drinking alcohol.

For more information:

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    P.O. Box 70620
    Washington , DC 20024-9998
    Phone: 1- 202 - 638-5577
    Phone: 1- 800 - 673-8444
    Web Address:
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains , NY 10605
    Web Address:

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