When I was 36wks 5 days pregnant with our first daughter I went into early labour. We did the whole “run to the hospital, lay in bed hooked to machines for the next 24hrs” thing. Turns out laying down and sleeping stopped my labour so I was able to go home.
About a week later I noticed that my baby was starting to move a little less. As you do, I googled it to see if it was normal or not. There were plenty of different opinions but it was the same two options – something is wrong, go to the hospital or it’s normal, baby is getting bigger, has less room and is slowing down getting ready for labour. I was a little worried because I’d felt her do a tumble a couple of days earlier, but I stayed vigilant and because she was still moving occasionally, just not as much as she had been, I figured everything was okay. About 4 days later I went into labour. Everything went smoothly and after 11 hours I gave birth to a beautiful 7p 13oz baby girl.
While I was clutching her to my chest and marvelling at this little creature, my midwife and midwife student were busy working with the umbilical cord. It was then that we realised how truly blessed we were. They discovered there had been a knot in the umbilical cord with only millimetres to spare before her oxygen would have been cut. We realised this was probably the reason her movements had slowed days earlier. It was something neither midwife had ever seen before. They told us the only time they’d seen a knot was when they’d delivered a stillborn.
She’s now a healthy and active 2 year old and I marvel every day how amazingly blessed we are to have her.
Posted anonymously, 25th April 2014