A new report shows the first documented link between fetal death and a mother's pregnancy-related gum disease. Severe gum bleeding...
A new report shows the first documented link between fetal death and a mother's pregnancy-related gum disease. Severe gum bleeding is a symptom of pregnancy-related gingivitis and pregnancy hormones can actually lead to bleeding gums. In fact it's estimated that about 75% of women experience a form of gum bleeding during pregnancy. However, there have not, until now, been documented cases of a stillborn death due to this bleeding. In the case of this particular mama, tests suggest that bacteria from the mouth entered into the bloodstream, made its way to the placenta, and infected the fetus, which resulted in the baby's death. Bacteria entering the bloodstream is a risk when your gums bleed so cases like this while not documented could have occurred to other women. Study authors note that this issue had no effect on subsequent pregnancies. This mama received periodontal care and then later gave birth to a healthy baby. This goes to show you how your own health - physical or oral can affect your unborn baby. If you're thinking of becoming pregnant have regular dental checkups and if you notice bleeding gums during pregnancy it's an issue you should relate to your prenatal provider. *Source

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