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Remembering Those in ND Lost in Pregnancy, Infancy

It's estimated that around one of our every four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Credit: Kladyk
It's estimated that around one of our every four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Credit: Kladyk
October 12, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. – October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and while it may not garner the publicity of other, similar annual events, the impact on families is widespread.

It's estimated that around one-in-four pregnancies in the U.S. ends with a miscarriage.

Cassie Skalicky, March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Union family support specialist with Essentia Health in Fargo, says while there generally isn't a specific reason for the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks, there are things that can help with healthy development, including folic acid.

"And that is one really great thing to help babies be born healthy,” she states. “Also, having regular appointments with the doctors to make sure everything is going well. And healthy diet and exercise as your body allows."

Skalicky says keeping a pregnancy through the full 40 weeks if possible can also help babies be born their healthiest.

Fortunately, most newborns do grow and thrive. However, for every 1,000 babies that are born, six die during their first year.

One of the leading causes is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but Skalicky notes that there are ways to reduce the risk with safe sleep practices.

"Teaching families not to use bumper pads, keeping stuffed animals and loose blankets out of the crib and making sure the baby has a safe area to sleep where they're not going to roll out,” she points out. “And making sure the baby is sleeping on his or her back. Those are all things that we highly recommend."

The other leading causes of the death of a child within the first year are birth defects, preterm birth, maternal complications of pregnancy and injuries.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND