Comedian Auntie Jemimah announced on her Instagram page that she lost her newborn daughter at birth.

The media personality had excitedly announced her pregnancy in August on her 32nd birthday. Sharing an exquisite picture of her bump shoot, she wrote: 32. Newdisclosed that she gave the at chapter. New title.

Jemimah in an emotional caption on Friday 1st Oct disclosed that she gave birth at 34 weeks. But it was a stillbirth- A stillbirth is the death or loss of a baby before or during delivery– as her daughter was asleep. And she could do nothing to bring her back.

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My girl arrived at 34weeks ,sleeping.
I held her in my arms and said goodbye.I am broken,oh so broken that there was nothing I could do to bring her back life.

The comedian added that she will take a sabbatical to mourn her daughter whom she had named Nduta in the best way she can.

I therefore will be taking a sabbatical to mourn my Nduta the best way I know how and for as long as it takes.

News of her loss came hours after Size 8 too announced that she lost her unborn child over high blood pressure. See article.

Lets talk stillbirth

A stillbirth is when a baby is born with no signs of life after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and are worried about anything – for example you have noticed your baby moving less than usual or you feel unwell, contact your doctor straight away.

Some stillbirths are linked to complications with:

  • the placenta
  • a birth defect
  • the mother’s health

For others, no cause is found and the reason why a baby dies often can’t be explained.

Complications with the placenta

Many stillbirths are linked to complications with the placenta. The placenta is the organ that links the baby’s blood supply to the mother’s and nourishes the baby in the womb. If there have been problems with the placenta, stillborn babies are usually born perfectly formed, although often small.

Other causes of stillbirth

Other conditions that can cause or may be associated with stillbirth include:

  • bleeding (hemorrhage) before or during labor
  • placental abruption – where the placenta separates from the womb before the baby is born (there may be bleeding or abdominal pain)
  • pre-eclampsia – a condition that causes high blood pressure in the mother
  • a problem with the umbilical cord, which attaches the placenta to the baby’s tummy button
  • intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) or obstetric cholestasis– a liver disorder associated with severe itching during pregnancy
  • a genetic physical defect in the baby
  • pre-existing diabetes
  • an infection in the mother that also affects the baby

Increased risk of stillbirth

There are a number of things that may increase your risk of having a stillborn baby, including:

  • having twins or a multiple pregnancy
  • having a baby who doesn’t grow as they should in the womb
  • being over 35 years of age
  • smoking, drinking alcohol or misusing drugs while pregnant
  • being obese – having a body mass index above 30
  • having a pre-existing physical health condition, such as epilepsy

Reducing the risk of stillbirths

Not all stillbirths can be prevented, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk, such as:

  • not smoking
  • avoiding alcohol and drugs during pregnancy – these can seriously affect your baby’s development, and increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth
  • not going to sleep on your back after 28 weeks – don’t worry if you wake up on your back, just turn onto your side before you go back to sleep
  • attending all your antenatal appointments so that the doctors can monitor the growth and well-being of your baby.

I hope this information about stillbirth which I compiled from various sites will be of help. Comment additional information below.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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