Reduced movement

All of Saturday I hadn't felt her move very much at all. We had friends staying so I was hoping it was just that I was a bit distracted and not paying much attention.

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Saturday evening she continued to be very quiet. We went to bed and I woke up at 4am realising that she hadn't woken me up at all with her usual acrobatics. I lay there very still in the dark, on my left side, breathing deeply. The odd little movement but no real kicks or rolls. I lay there for an hour getting more and more worried. 

I got out of bed thinking that moving around might help. It didn't seem to so I started frantically googling and looking through information. I found lots of useful information through charities like Tommy's.

Read Tommy's information about reduced fetal movement here.

The silly thing is I knew I was worried and I knew we needed to go and checked out but I had this niggly thing in the back of my head about not wanting to waste the hospitals time or be seen as a drama queen if everything was fine. All the information you read clearly tells you that if you are worried about a change in your baby's movements you should go and get checked out straight away. 

By this point I was starting to feel quite panicked.

I was crying when I woke my husband up to tell him I thought we needed to go and checked out. I called the delivery suite at the local hospital as per the instructions on the bit of paper my midwife gave me. I couldn't help but think that the lady I spoke to was trying to put me off coming in as she asked me loads of questions about what I'd tried to get my baby to move and how many times per hour I'd felt her etc. I'm sure she was just doing her job but then she told me the maternity unit was on divert to other hospitals because they were full but she'd check if I could be seen on the antenatal ward – I could, so off we went.

The antenatal ward was dead quiet when we arrived just before 6am.

I was taken to an empty ward by a very nice midwife who had a feel of how the baby was lying. She seemed to think she'd got herself into a bit of a twisted position which may explain why she wasn't moving much. She palpated my belly quite hard and got some movement which she looked quite relieved about.

She then hooked me up to a monitoring machine that monitors baby's heart beat, movement and the pressure inside the uterus. Immediately I heard her heart beat and I felt a whole lot better. The midwife gave me some iced water to drink and asked me to press a button every time I felt her move. The iced water seemed to do the trick and she started wiggling about and giving some kicks.

Possibly the fact I was lying on my back allowed her to get into a better position. I was monitored for nearly an hour and thankfully everything seemed well. She needed to take my trace to a doctor on delivery suite to check they were happy with it – they were so I was happily discharged just before 8am. 

Phew! I was hugely relieved and suddenly felt absolutely shattered.

The midwife reassured me that if I was worried again that I should not hesitate to come in. She said they'd rather see someone 10 times and it be fine than for someone not to come in and for something to be wrong. This reassured me and has given me the confidence to not worry about it if there were to be a next time. 

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