“My very active baby went radio silent the day I turned 35 weeks. He took one big, weird move at 9 a.m. and never moved again. I tried all the tricks … eating cookies, walking, pushing my belly, drinking something cold, but nothing worked. Being busy at work, I talked myself out of calling my provider for several hours.
“When I was 20 weeks pregnant, we were told that our baby’s brain was not developing normally. We did an amniocentesis and were told that the baby was infected with Cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is a common virus and is usually harmless in the general population, but if a pregnant woman catches the virus and passes it onto the unborn child, the effects can be severe.
“My daughter was due May 7, 2018, but after feeling decreased movement over the course of 36 hours I went in to get checked just to be safe. Prior to going to the hospital I ate espresso ice cream, laid down, poked and prodded, and did anything I could possibly try to feel her move and also downloaded and used the Count the Kicks app to make it more concrete that I wasn’t feeling movement.