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for one and all > Placental Insufficiency

I was just wondering if anyone else has lost a baby due to placental insufficiency? May I ask how any subsequent pregnancies were treated?

I had placental insufficiency with both my pregnancies - my son survived, but my second pregnancy, my daughter, did not. I was treated with low-dose aspirin with my daughter, but she died at 36 weeks. I'm very curious for some success stories for subsequent pregnancies after placental insufficiency, and I am very, very interested in hearing from anyone who has had placental insufficiency in more than one pregnancy.
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkiaulune
I had a complete spontaneous placental abruption which resulted in the death of my daughter Evelyn last August but did not have placental insufficiency. Even though I can't answer your question, I just wanted to let you know that I'm so sorry for the loss of your daughter and that I feel a connection of sorts with you since our placentas were the cause of the deaths of our children. You are not alone -- we share in your sorrow and grieve right along with you. Sending you love and big hugs from afar.
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
I am so sorry for your loss. I had a complete, concealed abruption that resulted in the death of my daughter sometime between 24-28 weeks. In my subsequent pregnancy with my son (who is now 15 months), I took low dose aspirin the whole time and was closely monitored by a maternal fetal medicine specialist. They explained that their technicians and ultrasound machines are better (the techs get some kind of extra training) at identifying placental insufficiency (and cord problems) and the MFM said that he would see me every other week starting at 28 weeks through 34 weeks, then weekly to make sure all was ok and that anytime after 32 weeks that he didn't like what he saw, he'd send me for delivery immediately. They never found anything and I delivered via scheduled section at 37 weeks. I'm sorry that doesn't answer your question either but it's one example of how they tried to keep tabs on things. Sending you some peace and love.
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAB
Hi Kiaulune, I'm nhamade on the ttcafterloss subreddit. I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss and I am glad you are reaching out on Glow, too. Everyone is very supportive here. I hope that the community can help you find some answers and bring you some comfort amidst your grief. Thinking of your beautiful Eilidh today.
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNada
Thanks so much for your replies! It's pretty hard knowing that my body's inability to make a decent placenta is what caused my daughter's death, but I think I have a fairly rare case. I haven't been able to find many (or any) other women who have experienced multiple pregnancies with placental insufficiency. I think usually it's just a freak occurrence, but for me it isn't. I just wish we knew more about it, or had better ways of monitoring placental health and size in the third trimester.
March 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkiaulune
I pretty much have the same story as AB, except my two subscequent pregnancies never made it past 34 weeks. Both babies survived because I had excellent monitoring and a very experienced MFM. I was on aspirin and low molecular weight heparin for both subscequent pregnancies. I had scans weekly with doppler studies. As soon as they saw changes or signs of distress in the baby, I was induced. My first rainbow's placenta was almost completely calcified, meaning it aged too fast and became insufficient. My second rainbow was a complete placenta previa which abrupted at 33 weeks and ended in an emergency c-section. Again, both survived because I had an excellent team who knew what to look for. I so wish I had had that team for my first child, hindsight, it's cruel. I guess all I can offer is to try and find a team that can look after you and bub. There was a lot of hoping for the best and trusting in the process. So, there is hope. It can be done. I'm so sorry you are here and dealing with this. Hugs to you and wishing you the best.
March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEjb
Ejb, I was wondering when they started the weekly doppler studies for you? I had doppler studies with my son, but they never showed any problems. Unfortunately, I didn't have any doppler studies with my daughter. Frustratingly, at 34 weeks the tech asked me if the doctor had mentioned checking the umbilical flow, but I said no. The doctor never mentioned it, and because it looked like she was growing fine nobody ordered a doppler check. I have to tell myself that it wouldn't have shown anything even if I had lied and said yes.

Several things happened that contributed to Eilidh's death, I think. For one, my records from my first pregnancy couldn't be found because the hospital had digitised everything and nobody could find my records (or didn't make an effort to find them). Second, my son was fine. In a way, the fact that he survived may be one of the reasons Eilidh died - nobody really knew how bad it was with her. Sure, they did growth scans and checked her a lot, but they didn't check as much as they could have. But I also don't blame them for that, because her growth scans were fine all along. And finally, I do wonder if maybe the aspirin helped her grow better than she would have without it, which might have concealed the problems happening with her.

I do know there will be a lot more monitoring in any future pregnancy. And delivery no later than 34 weeks. I'm also going to see if I can be seen in Amsterdam where they have doctors more experienced with very high risk pregnancies.

Thanks so much for responding! Oh, one other question. You said you were induced with your first rainbow. Did you have any problems with the induction due to the placental insufficiency? I've had an emergency c-section and Eilidh was a breech VBAC, so I've done both. I can choose to have a repeat c-section if I get pregnant again, and if that's safer for the baby I would totally do it.
March 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkiaulune
Hi again. If I remember correctly, they did ultrasounds every appointment with my first rainbow. Doppler studies were done every time. Once I got to 28 weeks I did ultrasounds with doppler every second day and non-stress tests the other days. Around 32 weeks the MFM started to notice the baby's blood flow divert to major organs like the brain and heart, I can't remember what he called it exactly but he said it was a sign of distress. They monitored those readings daily from then until he decided to induce at 34 weeks. I had steroid injections 24 hours before the induction to mature baby's lungs. All up, the induction took about 24 hours with only about 4 hours of actual labor. Our stillborn son was born naturally so they weren't concerned about another induction. I did lose a litre of blood because I'd been on heparin and aspirin. Baby was fine though. He was over 6 pounds so you'd have never known the placenta was so bad. He'd sucked everything out of it that he could. It's a very deceiving problem I think. I also had other complications like a bicornuate uterus and an MTHFR mutation. I'm complicated and am terrible at pregnancy. I look at some of my friends and can't wrap my head around how easy pregnancy is for them. It's so not fair! Anyway, it is what it is. I wish you the best and let me know if you have any more questions. Happy to help.
March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEjb
I too was told I had placental insufficiency it was my first pregnancy. Still no reason as to why or how this happened, they had to deliver my little girl at 25+4 she spent 2 months in nicu but then we received the devastating news that she had contracted Nec and we were told there was nothing they could do. Its still very raw and we are beyond devastated. I will never accept or understand why my body did not function the way it was supposed to. I feel like I failed my beautiful little girl.
April 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Hi everyone. It is so sad to hear about ur losses. I have had the same in the past two years. I feel devastated too.i lost my first son on 15.7.2016 at 33 weeks stillborn and another son at 30 weeks born on 15.6.2017 survived only one day and expired on 16.6.2017. first time they said it's placentia praevia and second time just umbilical artery flow absent in Doppler. So they did emergency c_sec preterm at 30 weeks.
Just like you all I have done endless research on all possible causes. And am at loss. I want a baby and dont know if I should try again or not. I m a working women and a break from work after delivery makes it so like announcement to everyone at work . They all know. I dnt know how to face the world again. I dnt know should I try again or not. Plz help
October 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRosy