This expectant mum thankfully knew her baby’s movements were something she should be conscious of, having been warned by her doctor and student midwife.
Her student midwife urged her to go to the hospital for foetal monitoring when she mentioned she had decreased activity.
Doctors quickly discovered the baby was in distress and needed to come out, so she underwent an emergency C-section.
“I wasn’t expecting to go down the way it did,” the new mum admits to 9 honey.
“I expected a natural birth, so I hadn’t really researched anything or prepared my hospital bag for the C-section. It was a little harder than I expected, but it’s how it had to be.”
“He’s my first child, and the experience definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was good that the hospital was on top of it all and made sure he was safe.”
Her story highlights the importance of mums-to-be, and their healthcare providers, paying close attention to changes in a baby’s movements during pregnancy.
The mum credits her student midwife, who’d been following her pregnancy and accompanying her to the various appointments, for urging her to act fast.
“I probably wouldn’t have gone to the hospital until the hospital had told me to go in. But she told me, ‘No, that’s not normal, you need to go in,’” she says.
Glad it was a positive outcome!
I had decreased activity in the late stages of pregnancy with my first son (14yrs ago) who was actually diagnosed with a heart condition 6hrs after his birth.
But doctor’s always kept telling me the lack of movement was NOT a sign of anything sinister and had nothing to do with his condition.
Hopefully they now watch closer and take it into account much more seriously.
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