Stillbirth symptoms and risks

Many women who suffer a stillbirth don't notice any changes. However, there are some things that you should look for during your pregnancy.

Baby movements in the womb

You will probably start to feel the movements of your baby in the womb somewhere between 16 and 22 weeks. As the weeks go on you may become aware of a particular pattern of movement that is familiar to you.

Your baby may move more in the evenings when you are resting or before you go to sleep at night. You may also find certain activities such as a bath, putting your feet up and resting on the sofa or eating and drinking seem to cause your baby to move more.

The movements normally become regular by 26 weeks. Recognising these patterns of movement can be very useful during your pregnancy.

If a baby is having problems in the womb they are likely to move less to conserve energy. Noticing when this happens and contacting your hospital immediately can make the difference between life and death.

If there is a definite change in your baby’s movements 

If you notice a change or reduction in your baby's movements you should contact your midwife or your maternity unit immediately - do not wait until next day.

If you think there might be a change in your baby’s movements 

It is better to be safe than sorry so if you have any doubt, call your maternity ward. Trust your instincts.

Who will I talk to if I report a change in my baby's movements?

Unless you have been given alternative numbers to ring during your pregnancy, the best place to ring is usually the labour ward. The labour ward is not only available for women in labour but also for emergencies during the pregnancy. The ward should be open 24 hours a day and there should always be a midwife there who will be able to discuss with you what you are experiencing and advise you.

What will happen if I go in to hospital?

Once at the hospital they will probably check your health and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. They may attach you to a heart rate monitor which records a trace of the baby’s heartbeat so this can be looked at for any signs of problems. You may also be given a button to push every time you feel the baby move and this can also be seen on the print out of the baby’s heartbeat.

It's quite common that once you lie down, hear the baby’s heartbeat and relax you start to feel the baby kicking a lot. Don’t feel embarrassed about this - midwives see this everyday. It is far better to go and be checked so that any potential problems can be picked up. Read more about what will happen when you report reduced fetal movements here.

Sleeping position in the third trimester

When you reach your third trimester, the advice is to go to sleep on your side. Research has shown that going to sleep on your back is linked to an increased risk of stillbirth. This advice includes daytime napping and night sleeping. Read more about safe sleep positions in pregnancy here.

Leaking fluid / vaginal discharge in pregnancy

If you experience any leaking of fluid from your vagina during your pregnancy you should contact the hospital immediately and go to be monitored. It could be your waters breaking early or a sign of infection of the womb.

Waters breaking early in pregnancy

Waters can break at anytime during pregnancy, not just in the last couple of weeks, and this can lead to premature birth. If you feel a gush or trickle of fluid, or feel damp, it could be a sign that your waters have broken. In these cases put on a clean sanitary towel (not a tampon) and call the labour ward. They may ask you to sniff the pad – as it is common to leak urine in pregnancy - or they may ask you to check the pad again in around 20 minutes to see if it is damp.

Amniotic fluid – the fluid from around the baby – smells different to urine and is usually clear, pinkish or can be green or brown. If you believe it is amniotic fluid it is important to go straight to the hospital to be examined. You may be asked to wear a special panty liner for up to 12 hours to confirm if you are leaking amniotic fluid, and you may need an internal examination (inside the vagina) to look for signs that your cervix is opening or softening for labour.

Infection in pregnancy

You should report any discharge from your vagina which is smelly, and any colour other than white, as it may be a sign of an intrauterine infection. Infections can weaken the bag of membranes around the baby, cause an infection inside the womb or make your  waters break.

If you experience an unusual discharge contact your midwife, GP or hospital and ask for a swab to be taken to look for infection.

Diabetes in pregnancy

For women with diabetes in pregnancy, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, preterm labour, stillbirth and problems with the baby (whilst in the womb, at delivery and after the birth) are sadly more common. This means that good control of your blood sugar levels and regular monitoring are vital.

Whether you had diabetes already, or develop diabetes during pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes), you will need to be closely monitored, and you will need to be aware of how best to care for yourself and your baby during your pregnancy.

What to do in you have diabetes in pregnancy

If you already had type 1 or 2 diabetes before pregnancy you should get good pre-pregnancy counselling and support before stopping contraception and trying for a baby. 

If you are pregnant with diabetes you will probably be regularly seen by a consultant and a specialist diabetes midwife. If you are not happy with the care you are receiving talk to the women's health department manager to ask that your condition be correctly monitored. Make sure that you attend all your scheduled appointments and seek help immediately from your GP, midwife or hospital doctors if you are concerned about your glycaemic control or any other factors affecting either your pregnancy or your diabetes.

Monitoring the growth and movements of your baby is more important than in other pregnancies, so make sure you are clear as to who you should contact if you are concerned. Do not wait until next day, you can contact the labour ward to speak to a midwife outside working hours.

If you have any of the risk factors for developing gestational diabetes, including having a BMI of 30 or over, make sure you are tested between weeks 24 and 28, as recommended by NICE.

Read more about gestational diabetes here.

Read more about type 1 or 2 diabetes and pregnancy here.

Pre-eclampsia and stillbirth

Pre-eclampsia is a condition which affects around 10% of all pregnancies in the UK, and untreated, can cause stillbirth. You are most likely to get it in your first pregnancy or a subsequent pregnancy with a new partner. The main symptom is high blood pressure. It is very important that you attend all your antenatal appointments, as pre-eclampsia is one of the pregnancy conditions that your midwife will be looking out for.

If during your pregnancy you are told that your blood pressure has increased since the beginning of the pregnancy ask your midwife how significant the rise is. Your midwife will also be looking for any protein in your urine so always provide a urine sample at every appointment. If you refuse to give a sample the midwife cannot pressure you to give one, but it could mean a vital clue is missed.

What to do if you think you might have pre-eclampsia

Between appointments look out for any of the warning signs of pre-eclampsia, including severe headaches, altered vision such as seeing flashing lights in front of your eyes, and sudden swelling, particularly of your feet, ankles, hands and face.

Some women also experience pain in their upper abdomen, just below the ribs. If you notice any of these signs you should contact your GP, midwife or labour ward for advice. Do not wait until your next scheduled appointment and ensure that you are seen by someone the same day.

Read more about pre-eclampsia here

Working with your medical team in pregnancy

  1. It is important that any concerns you have, or things that you notice, are taken seriously. Trust your instincts and report all complications, no matter how insignificant they may seem.
  2. Try to get to know the team of midwives that are caring for you during your pregnancy. Even if you meet a new midwife at every appointment aim to use every appointment to your best advantage.
  3. If you have a BMI of 30 or over make sure you get a test for diabetes. It is recommended by NICE and should happen between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy. If you are not offered this test ask why.
  4. Ask about the size of your baby – if it is particularly large or small do you need further scans?
  5. If your blood pressure is raised do they think it could be the start of pre-eclampsia – do you need more appointments to monitor this?
  6. Report any unusual symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision (seeing stars), any pains, any aches, nosebleeds, feeling dizzy or faint.
  7. Itching is particularly important as it can be a sign of obstetric cholestasis, a liver condition in pregnancy. A common symptom of this condition is itching of the hands and soles of the feet, but you should report all itching. A simple blood test can be used to diagnose this.
  8. If you have a scan or blood test and there seems to be a problem that needs closer monitoring make sure you know as much as you can about the condition they are looking at. If you haven’t been referred to a consultant yet, ask to see whichever consultant specialises in the problems that have been identified. Make sure you know any symptoms to look out for and what to do in the event of experiencing any of them.
  9. Early in your pregnancy ask your midwife who you should contact if you have any other symptoms or concerns between appointments. Never leave a worrying symptom till your next appointment. Contact your GP, midwife or hospital and ask to be seen.

Read more about stillbirth statistics here.

Read more about stillbirth prevention here

Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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  • By Net (not verified) on 5 Jul 2018 - 21:23

    My siter is 35 weeks pregnant, she had a pink discharge last night. I took a photo of the discharge on toilet paper and send it to my GP. She said that it looks like the servical plug is coming loose and that my sister should be on the lookout of any form of cramps or pain. She has not had any pain or cramps and further discharge or blood. However this evening her baby's movements became less. Not stopping, only becoming less. Shoukd she be worried?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jul 2018 - 11:34

    Hi Net,
    If your sister is concerned that the movements have changed we would advise that she calls her maternity unit for advice and assessment. Please don't be scared to call them, they are there to support pregnant women and reduce the chances of problems. This link may help if the bleeding/discharge was a 'show' https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/labour-birth/4-ways-your-body-gets-ready-labour.

  • By alia (not verified) on 22 Jun 2018 - 10:14

    my baby was terminated at 29 weeks because of high blood i lost my baby girl I'm still shocked even now




  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jun 2018 - 15:37

    Dear Alia,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. If you have questions or if we can support you in anyway then please do be in touch, you can email us [email protected]
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Lizzy (not verified) on 19 Jun 2018 - 07:43

    I'm still in shock while writing this.I noticed that the baby's movement stopped and I became worried,when I got to the emergency, after all the checks and all,I was told that my baby boy''s heartbeat had stopped. It was really as if I was dreaming and needed someone to pinch me hard enough to wake me up from it. Myself and my husband became so broken.we had anticipated so much for the arrival of our new born and our hope became dashed. I got to see his handsome face when I was wheeled into the theatre for a cesarean section.....up until now,still do not know what exactly went wrong. But I can't question God cos He knows better.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Jun 2018 - 16:12

    Dear Lizzy,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your handsome beautiful baby boy. It sounds like this has happened recently and you are naturally looking for answers. I hope you have an appointment with hospital to talk through what has happened and they can offer a post mortem to see if this gives any further information.
    If we can support you then please do no hesitate to be in touch.
    Our thoughts are with you and your husband.
    Take care, Tommy's midwife

  • By Yolanda (not verified) on 12 Jul 2018 - 21:54

    Am sorry about your loss,lost my beautiful son at 38weeks on June 16,2018.still got no answers.the worst pain ever.





  • By Delia (not verified) on 8 Jun 2018 - 01:22

    I was scheduled to give birth through C-Section on May 25, 2018 with twin boys. When they put the monitor on they could not find the other baby’s heartbeat so they rushed me into the emergency. My last check up was May 23, 2018 and the OBGYN said everything is fine. I was shocked and could not believe what happened. Because of the passing of baby A, my baby B has not been getting enough blood and oxygen so he suffered from severe brain damaged. He is in the NICU until now and only a miracle can do to stay him alive. It’s so tragic but I believe that God has a reason for all that is happening. Let His will be done.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jun 2018 - 13:15

    Hi Delia,
    I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of one of your babies and how unwell the other one is. Our thoughts are with you.
    Please do be in touch if we can support you at all.
    Take care
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Grieving Mom 2018 (not verified) on 18 Jun 2018 - 11:21

    I am very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you during this tragic time. Baby B will be in my prayers as well. I went for my 2nd. Ob visit on June 13, 2018 and found out my baby had no heart beat. I was lost and confused as everything was just fine. I swore I had felt flutters just two days before my visit but my dr said it passed around 14 weeks. (I was 17 weeks at my 2nd visit). I had an induction of labor June 15th and a dnc because my baby passed but my placenta was stuck. Im so heartbroken but I know I will get through this. Bless You all...

  • By Fari (not verified) on 20 Jun 2018 - 04:48

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I exactly know how you are feeling, I was 33 weeks pregnant I woke up on June 4/2018 in the morning got ready for work that day, but inside I knew something was wrong, I ended up going to hospital to make sure everything was okay with my baby boy, but unfortunately they could not find his heartbeat, I don’t remember that moment it was hard I didn’t know what to do as I was by myself I just went to get him Checked, until my family came I was screaming crying, all I remember hugging her nurse, I had to go the next day to get induced and deliver the baby, I was still hoping that’s when I deliver him a miracle will happen and he will cry, but he wasn’t he was born on my birthday on June 6/2018 I got to hold him click a few pictures with him, but I had to let him go, I’m so heartbroken, it was my firs pregnancy I still don’t know what happened to him, never had any complications with my pregnancy, he an angel now watching over his mama, God always does things for a reason, mah god give you patience.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Jun 2018 - 16:17

    Dear Fari,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby boy. If we can support you at all then please do be in touch.
    Take care
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Flor Hoyos (not verified) on 24 May 2018 - 17:01

    My mom just had her ultrasound. She is 35 weeks and the babies heart beat wasnt there. :( . She cried. My dad cried. And I dont want to cry because life.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 May 2018 - 10:19

    Hi Flor,
    I am so sorry to hear about what your mum and your family are going through right now with the loss of a baby. Everyone grieves in a different way, and you will find your own way in time. At the moment, it sounds like you are in shock and still processing the news of the loss of your sibling. Please look after yourself and do what you need to do for yourself and to support your family.
    If any of your would like to talk need support then please do be in touch, you can email us [email protected] or call 0800 0147 800, we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm x

  • By Jenna (not verified) on 12 May 2018 - 12:36

    I am truly sorry for everybody's loss. Until you have gone through this experience yourself you never fully understand the pain. I was pregnant with my 4th baby and although I thought the movements were different I put it down to baby's size. I was regularly given growth scans due to previous small baby's. Unfortunalty, at my growth scan at 36+2 weeks my baby was found to have no heartbeat. He was delivered by section later that evening weighing 4lbs 14oz. Not near as big as we were expecting. He was truly beautiful. I had a lot of unanswered questions and so many what ifs. I couldn't believe he was gone. I couldn't believe we are going through this. I felt anger, disbelief, in denial, so many emotions. My heart was broken. My little boy had managed to wrap his cord around his neck, abdomen and up between his legs. I fortunately have another 3 boys who will give me the strength to carry on but i will always remember my beautiful 4th son who was clearly too special for this earth.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 May 2018 - 14:37

    Dear Jenna, Thank you for sharing your story with us and our readers. Your words are beautiful and I hope you have the strength to remember him for the special son he was to you. Take good care of yourself and remember we are here to support you if you need help.

  • By Priya (not verified) on 30 Mar 2018 - 02:17

    I missed my baby girl on 37th week in 2015 November. On that day her movements are different and I thought it was normal because baby is growing. My waters broken with smelly green discharge. I went to the hospital within 5 mints. Heartbeat was not sight then prof. my VOG scanned me. Unfortunately the baby was floating inside the tummy without moving. I have no words to explain about that moment. Very unfortunate. Still it is dream for us.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Apr 2018 - 09:01

    Hi Priya
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter in 2015. That must have been very hard for you and your family. I do hope that you have been well supported through such a difficult time. If you need to speak to one of us about anything, we are here for you. You can call us on the pregnancy line 0800 0147800 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm, or email us anytime at [email protected]
    Thinking of you.
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Me myself and I (not verified) on 21 Mar 2018 - 03:31

    My friend she had a still born baby 3 months ago i am now in the emergency with her as we speak March 20th 2018 at 11:30 pm she is bleeding heavily blood clots and she was dilated to 1 1/2 centimeters she is not pregnant and hasn't been she was tested for pregnancy and it was negivitive.. van any of you mom's tell me what your options please.

  • By Til (not verified) on 16 Mar 2018 - 20:44

    22feb 2018 i gave birth to a baby boy bihaan i was going to my 38 weeks check up and the midwife couldn’t find his heartbeat and she refer to hospital.again hospital couldn’t find heartbeat they said my son was no more i was sock I didn’t know what was happening .Its harder to me !!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 - 12:13

    So sorry to hear this. We really hope that you are getting the support that you need and that our website has given you some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. We continue to raise awareness of stillbirth and to fund research into the causes. We know that this can't help you now but it may give you some comfort to know that we are searching for reasons. Best wishes to you from Tommy's midwives

  • By Harryet (not verified) on 3 Jan 2018 - 06:59

    One week ago, was just feeling well throughout the day. I could feel baby's movement. At midnight my water broke. Was rushed to the hospital. The doctor could not find baby's heartbeat. She sent me for ultrasound. It's here that my son was pronounced dead. It's a very hard time to go through. It's so bad a feeling. My heart is broken into pieces.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2018 - 15:52

    Hi Harryet, we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your little boy only a week ago, we can't even begin to imagine how you and your family must be feeling at this time. If we can offer your any support in any way, please contact the Tommy's Midwives on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or please email on [email protected] Please take care of yourself, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By mercy (not verified) on 16 Mar 2018 - 10:46

    hi, am Mercy had a stillbirth six days ago at 381/2weeks.i don't know what happened and I really need help coz its hard to accept.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 - 12:21

    Mercy, So sorry to hear this. Your grief is very raw at the moment. Please make sure that you are looking after yourself and that your family and friends are around to help support you. You are very welcome to call us if you are in the UK. Our number is 0800 0147 800 and we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm
    I hope that our website has given you some comfort to know that you are not alone. Best wishes x

  • By Sian (not verified) on 16 Jan 2018 - 02:04

    My heart brakes for you.i had the same at 37 weeks .7 years ago.god bless are angel babys to speacial for this earth xx

  • By Tile (not verified) on 28 Jan 2018 - 14:25

    I have just experienced the same i just gave birth to a very beautiful baby girl on 25th Jan and was a still birth. I just stopped feeling her movement on tue morning then tried to eat some sugary food then i in the afternoon a felt her move. But i still decided to go to a nearest clinic for check up on her fetal heartbeat. Met a midwife and she said the baby was okay. Then i decided to go to a hospital where i was going for antenatal for proper check up the next day in the morning. The doctor checked and she said she could hear the heart beat but she still wasnt sure she just scheduled me for a scan just to verify. The scan showed there was no heartbeat....i was torn into pieces. I was induced the next day i gave birth to a still born baby. Am so broken right now i just dont understand what happened.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 16:27

    There are no words that make your pain better just now, but if you think that talking to a midwife may help, please feel able to contact us here at Tommy's on 0800 0147 800. We are here to support you in any way we can. Best wishes to you and take care x

  • By kessy (not verified) on 17 Feb 2018 - 05:59

    So sorry, i experienced same in my 39wks. Was waiting for labour to start, never knew dat d baby was long gone. Its really painful. Cus i later fall into labour, and was happy dat am coming home with my girl. It was almost blfr delivery that i knew she was gone. May we be consoled

  • By Karen (not verified) on 14 Mar 2018 - 23:36

    My heart goes out to you.
    My baby would have been ten now.
    I also had to give birth at 37week
    Found out during natural labour finally pushed him into the world 16 hours later. He was perfect...

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 - 23:08

    I gave birth to my son on September 20th. He was 35 weeks old and was born a stillborn. My boyfriend and I had a scheduled ultrasound on the 19th to measure his size and make sure everything was fine. He had been kicking early in he morning and I didn’t expect anything to be wrong...we had showed up for the ultrasound very excited to see our big boy again..the specialist doing my ultrasound saw my baby’s heartbeat beating slower than usual. So she spoke with my dr and they sent me to the hospital. When I arrived, my boyfriend and I were rushed into one of the room and the dr came and did an ultrasound herself. I was very scared. I didn’t know what was happening. I looked up at the dr to see tears coming down her face. And my heart went cold...she said “I’m sorry there is no heartbeat..” my stomach wrenched..my body went cold...my heart felt empty. I looked at my boyfriend to see complete shock and disbelief on his face. I will never forget that. Then they had another specialist come in to confirm the ultrasound. It’s been a month since my big boy went with the Angels...my dr ran normal tests to see why. And they all came back negative. I will never know why it happened..and it still eats me up.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Nov 2017 - 09:05

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful big boy. If you need to talk anything through, please do contact us. It must be an incredibly difficult time for you and your family- sending love and thinking of you all.
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Noxie (not verified) on 7 Sep 2017 - 09:30

    I went to the clinic and they send me to hospital for c section but they say I can give birth an hour later my angel heart bite was gone....that day I will never for get in my life

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Sep 2017 - 11:40

    I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that you have been able to find what happened and have your questions answered. You will never forget your baby.
    I hope that you have found the information on our website helpful; at Tommy's we are funding research and clinics looking into the causes of stillbirth.
    Your next pregnancy should be under the care of an obstetrician with extra scans to check that you and the baby are well
    When you feel ready, you would be most welcome to call us if we can be of any help at all.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 16 Jul 2017 - 02:20

    On june 21, 2017 i gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 8 lbs 19 inches... She was born sleeping... I was goinh to my 37 wks nst check up, and the nurse couldnt find her heartbeat.... So she called the doctor in and the doctor couldnt find it either.. When they told me the baby is dead.... My body just froze and i couldnt say a word or cry... Few minutes later i asked them to check again for me how could this be? How? Its not true...

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jul 2017 - 14:46

    I am so so sorry to read this. Your beautiful daughter will have a place in your heart forever. I am glad that you have found our website. At Tommy's we work hard to try to find answers to stillbirth and each piece of research, no matter how small goes some way to understanding the reasons. When you feel ready, you would be most welcome to call us if we can be of any help at all.

  • By Charmaine (not verified) on 17 Oct 2017 - 02:05

    I had my son at 36 weeks (March 6, 2017) He was also born sleeping. He had been gone for three days before I delivered him. The unbelicord was wrapped around him. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Oct 2017 - 09:54

    Dear Charmaine,

    Thank you for sharing your story about your little boy. I am incredibly sorry to hear of his loss. I hope you are getting some support after his death. We are always here to listen and feel so humbled by the support you and other Parents offer to one another.

    With love
    Anna- Tommy's Midwives

  • By Kera (not verified) on 23 Jun 2017 - 11:48

    Hello, I am currently 18 weeks & at first my stomach was firm for a month or so but now it's all soft & squishy. Should I be worried?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Jun 2017 - 16:08

    Hi, it does not sound like anything concerning, it maybe that the baby has changed position. As long as you have not had any pains or bleeding or any watery discharge then it does not sound like anything to worry about. You should be having a scan soon too, if not contact your midwife to make sure that you are booked in for one.

  • By Octavia (not verified) on 5 Feb 2018 - 21:54

    Hi im so worried this first time mom thing been driving me up the wall... I just had a check 4 days ago baby heart beat was fine i was fine and now after (intercourse) no movment today and im worried like crazy i been a mess crying all day..she hasnt moved yet today

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Feb 2018 - 10:39

    Hi Octavia
    You do not mention how many weeks you are, but if you are concerned about your baby's movements, then you need to go urgently to your pregnancy triage/day assessment unit/labour ward with your pregnancy notes for review by a midwife and obstetric doctor.
    Please try not to worry but take care of yourself!
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Jun 2017 - 14:06

    hi evry1,I'm so sorry for every bodies loss.on the 16 of march 2017 few weeks back I felt small pains in my stomach but didn't take it seriously, the pain continued on the 17,still didn't take it seriously, on the 18th,I felt serious pain end the feeling of pushing,I rushed to hospital they told me I'm in labour. I lost my two beautiful babies a boy end a girl,I looked at them and hold them for a very long time. a part of me died that moment, I can't cope,iv got a lot of anger and unanswered questions. why did I have have to GI through this after iv tried so had to fall pregnant,end saving my self cuz I'm getting old as I'm 26 now

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jun 2017 - 14:32

    Hi, we are so sorry to hear about your loss, thank you for sharing your experience with us, it must still be very raw for you as this only happen just a few weeks ago. The time you spent with your babies must be very precious to you and a time that you will always remember. What you are feeling is very understandable and it is important that you can have these unanswered questions answered so that you can try and start to move forward when you are ready. You may benefit from talking to one of the consultants at the hospital who can look at your hospital notes and discuss what happened in detail if this helps, your GP can make a referral for you. if you just want someone to talk to in confidence then please contact the midwives here at Tommy's on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or you can email us on [email protected]
    Please take care of yourself and contact us at anytime. Tommy's Midwives xx

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 25 May 2017 - 19:20

    I'm 37 weeks tomorrow, yesterday I felt him move but it felt like somebody had fallen down the stairs in my belly. I feel like his movements have changed but my partner says everything is fine because he has felt him moving. I feel like his movements are different and not as strong. My bump also looks smaller and my belly button which was starting to come out is now going back in. What should I do???

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 May 2017 - 10:26

    Thank you for your comment.
    You are right to be concerned about any changes in your baby's movements. I would advise you to contact your maternity unit asap to discuss the changes-they may ask you to come to hospital to have the baby's heartbeat checked and to assess that you are otherwise well.
    Many women notice a change in their bump as they get closer to their due date-the baby's head (or more rarely bottom if breech position) starts to engage and this can feel like the baby is getting lower down in the abdomen
    I have attached 2 links that may be helpful
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/symptom-checker/my-babys-movements-have-slowed-down
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/labour-birth/4-ways-your-body-gets-ready-labour
    Hope this helps
    Please contact us or call our helpline 0800 0147 800 for further advice
    Take care
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Sacha (not verified) on 1 Jun 2017 - 08:29

    Go now, please. I had this feeling also. I sadly lost my son and I wish I'd gone in sooner. Just go in and don't worry what anyone says. Your instincts are telling you to be worried so trust them. If everything is fine (which I'm sure it will be) that's great. Just please don't wait. Xx

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 May 2017 - 16:21

    Hello,
    thank you for getting in touch I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your baby and now the difficulty you are having getting pregnant again.
    Are you able to go and see your GP to discuss this. Dependant on time the GP will be able to do some blood tests and refer you for more investigations.
    If you would like to talk this through in more detail we would love to hear from you on 0800 0147 800 out PregnancyLine is a free, confidential service staffed weekdays 9-5.
    Warmest regards
    Tommy's Midwives

  • By Kate (not verified) on 9 May 2017 - 08:18

    I lost my pregnancy in nine month and now I can't have kids can that be the source I have a 12years boy before I lost the second one what must I do to find out whether I still have children or what

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Apr 2017 - 12:47

    I lost my beautiful baby girl at 35 weeks. She was born sleeping on December 10th 2016. The pain is unreal. I miss her ever single moment of every single day.

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