Miscarriage and stillbirth do not necessarily mean the same thing. They are both different, but the result is the same. A stillbirth is an event where the baby is born before time or on time, but is not alive. That means the baby was born after a woman went through her normal course of labor pains, but did not deliver the baby alive.
There is no explanation from doctors for a stillbirth even today and nobody knows why it occurs. Nevertheless, it is a very hurtful incident for the expectant parents. They definitely need a lot of emotional support if such an event should occur.
A miscarriage is something that can occur at any time during the pregnancy starting from the 1st trimester. When a miscarriage occurs, it could have been due to an incident or due to the inability to carry a fetus or any such reasons. A miscarriage can be diagnosed and the reasons can be found out. Also, a miscarriage is an extremely abnormal thing to happen afire the second trimester. Most of the miscarriages take place within the first trimester, or sometimes rarely in the second trimester.
However, whether it is a miscarriage or a still birth the expectant mother and father go through the same emotions and feelings. More importantly the mother who was carrying the child has to go through hormonal changes which affect her mental well being. There are a lot of support groups enrolled with local hospitals and the internet where you can find people dealing with similar situations and grief, and also you can share your feelings while in the same boat.
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