Stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during labour, after 24 weeks of pregnancy
What you need to know about HG & Stillbirth
Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy is devastating. It can feel particularly traumatic to have suffered for so long with HG, then go through labour but not have a baby to take home.
Grief can feel physical as well as emotional, making the post natal period exhausting while sufferers recover from HG and the birth alongside the grief of losing their baby. It is also important to recognise that everyone grieves differently; there is no right or wrong way to feel.
Common Feelings after HG & Stillbirth
- Disbelief, shock, despair
- Feeling like the World is upside down
- Guilt, shame, regret
- Sadness, grief, anxiety
- Distress at hearing other babies cry
- Jealousy of other’s with their babies
- A feeling of failure
“The baby was what kept me going throughout the sickness, then it was all for nothing.”
“It completely consumes you.”