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Is stillbirth hereditary? New study looks to find out

May 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For a woman who is pregnant one of the greatest concerns is potentially losing the baby during the pregnancy.

A new report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology takes a look at stillbirth and whether or not it runs in families.

According to the study, which is the first ever look at an inherited predisposition to stillbirth between mothers and daughters, says there is no statistically significant association between a mother's history of stillbirth and miscarriage or stillbirth in their daughter's.

The information was based on 26,000 pairs of mothers and daughters.

This is very important information to know because physicians are often asked this question and obviously it is a fear that is passed on from mother to daughter.

There is nothing to prevent individual events, but it is comforting for many to know that there is not at increased risk simply by having it occur in a parent.