Gestational Age of Your Baby (Photos)

Below are very vivid photographs (of miscarriages, not abortions), most taken from different mothers who’ve shared their birth experiences, so that you may be able to better identify what your baby may look like.

Because of their unique nature, photos of a molar pregnancy and a blighted ovum are held within the sections specific to these losses.  If you have experienced a miscarriage and are not sure if you’ve been able to identify the physical form of the baby, our blighted ovum section has a helpful photo of a sac where the baby cannot be identified (this doesn’t necessarily mean you have had a blighted ovum.  Our vanishing twin section has a paragraph that discusses what may happen with early losses.

Just click the link to the left of the picture, and you will be taken to an informational page that will give you  descriptions of the general size and development of your baby, links to the kind of miscarriage you may be having, and the birth methods that may be options for you.

If you do not want to see all of these photos together, but only want to see the photo from the specific week that your baby lived to, please click the week here:

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If you click on a photo, you will be directed to the outside web source that has that baby’s story.

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Neonatal (Newborn) Death

photo available to be donated

All Twins/Multiples Information:

within “Vanishing Twin Syndrome,”  “fetus papyraceus” is a possibility

8 Responses to Gestational Age of Your Baby (Photos)

  1. Susannah says:

    I noticed that baby Avery, at 34 weeks, had the same skin degradation as my son Daniel had when he was born (at 36 weeks). No-one has been able to explain to me what causes this. One doctor said that Daniel had probably died up to a week before I went into labour and that the skin rubbing in the womb is the cause. Another doctor said that it was bruising from the forceps that were used. I still believe that Daniel had a heartbeat 2 days before I had him, during my midwifes checkup. Is anyone able to enlighen me as to what may cause the skin to be so raw in places? Thank you ❤

    • Susannah,
      May I first say how sorry I am for your losses. It is an unimaginable loss and I hope you can find comfort and peace as your embark on this journey.
      I am a Lay Me Down to Sleep photographer and we see this type of skin damage , I would say in 80 percent of babies stillborn. When your baby dies many changes start to take place and it all happens quite quickly. The bones in the skull get looser and sometimes the baby’ s head is not as round as it started out. Skin starts to discolor and becomes very fragile. Fluid also builds up behind the skin and it is so thin that tears are very common.Blood flow stops and causes the pooling of blood that becomes bruising. When your baby dies in utero and then is delivered naturally you can imagine all the rubbing and contact that skin has with your body as he is delivered. The longer he has been dead and the tougher your labor was,ie:(excessive pushing, forceps etc.), the more trauma his skin will endure.This is such a difficult thing to see, but that is the reason. Even when a baby passes after being born, within hours the color of his skin changes and becomes easier to tear if handled.
      I don’t know if you had a photographer, but if you have pictures of Avery and Daniel that show this skin damage, we have photographer retouch artists that can take your photographs and retouch that damage. The result is an easier picture to look at and pictures that you can be proud to share with friends and family. We will help make your angles look like they were created, instead of what happened to them after they passed. Please visit http://www.nilmdts.org. Go to the “find a photographer” link and put in your zip code. You will then be able to find a retouch artist in your area. If you do not see a retouch artist, call the area coordinator(in red) and they will help you find someone. This is a FREE service to you.
      Having portraits of these angles will help you heal and it is also so important to be able to share them with those you love without being afraid or ashamed of how their skin looks. You may also reach me at hope@3hopefulhearts.com if you need any other questions answered.
      With healing thoughts ,
      Betsy

      looks. Again, I am so sorry for you loss.

    • sujunew says:

      Thank you Betsy.
      you have made things so much clearer for me. I have a very close family friend (a wonderful support when we lost Daniel) who has just started a photography business. I will ask her about retouching our photos. We live in New Zealand but thank you for all the info. Hopefully your links will be a help to others here.

      • Here is a digital retouch artist for NILMDTS that lives in New Zealand. She can help you at no charge. All her information is below. Good luck. I am afraid that your friend that may have just started her photo business may not have the retouching experience to do this type. She may, but this retouch artist will be experienced in this type of retouching.
        Again I am so sorry for your loss and try to get a hold of this woman.
        Betsy

        Name: Tara Lemana
        Title: Digital Retouch Artist
        Email: tara_lemana@xtra.co.nz
        Phone: 64-4-2986393
        Mobile: 64-27-2588415
        Areas Served: – I can service all areas as a digital retouch artist 🙂

  2. iamthatiam1778 says:

    Hi Kelli,
    I have similar questions….so I might not be much help but I wanted you to know it wasn’t too much for me and i an so sorry for your losses. I also apologize if this offends. But i just want to know what happened to my Anna. I felt she was a girl 🙂 I took 2 photos of my 11 week old Baby after natural miscarriage at home. I lost her a week ago and I still look at her trying to figure out why she was so big. I know I was 11 weeks because I know exact day of conception. When I went to the ER and they did a US, tech said I was 6 weeks and no heartbeat. I was wondering if you would be willing to take a look? After reading the posts above I am wondering if she started to reabsorb or decompose since she was in there so long or maybe the tech was wrong? I wasn’t given much info and I was in so much shock I didn’t ask. I think photos are such a big part of healing for many women. I am not a nurse but I read and research quite a bit. To me it sounds like in your case there was reabsorbing :(. Thank you for sharing and your willingness to discuss this. It’s hard to find anyone who’s willing to talk about it.
    Peace and love to you,
    Laura

    • Kelli Holcomb says:

      Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. So very sorry. You can communicate with me directly via email kelliholcomb@me.com is my private email. Feel free to contact me there or look for me on the stillbirthdaysupport FB group. (((hugs)))

    • Hi Kelli and Laura. Something similar happened to me. I lost my second child at around 16-17 weeks. I had cramping and bleeding at week 17 but no miscarriage and my pregnancy test was still positive. At 18 weeks I had an ultrasound that showed the head couldn’t be found. We still didn’t know if the baby was dead or alive. This was in 1979 when ultrasounds were a new technology done only in hospitals when something was wrong with a pregnancy. The second ultrasound done a week later showed only limbs. The diagnosis was a missed abortion and my OB said the baby was being reabsorbed. I guess the head was the first part to disintegrate so Kelli that’s what might have happened to your baby. I had a D & C to remove the fetal remains the day I would have been 20 weeks pregnant. But the placenta was still growing and some cells had become cancerous.
      There were complications and I had to have a hysterectomy a year later.

      No one wanted to talk about this back then. Even the nurse assigned to me at the hospital was rude (later I realized she must have thought I was having a 2nd term abortion). I thought I was all cried out until a few days later when I was getting out of the shower and I suddenly saw how flat my abdomen was. It was the first visible sign I had that the baby was gone. My belly just looked so empty. That was a long time ago but I still think of that baby and cry over the loss. My heart goes out to all the women here who have lost children.

  3. Hope says:

    I truly think these pictures are beautiful. I wish I could have had the oppurtunity to see our Poppy. I carried baby for 3 months without knowing (I thought I passed her naturally) by the time an ultrasound was performed again baby was gone & I had a large uterus filled with blood. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to at least have an idea!

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