At 35 weeks in my third pregnancy, I noticed reduced fetal movement. However, there was still movement—I was even counting ten kicks or more in two hours.
My pregnancies were always considered high risk because I have type 1 diabetes. I’m grateful for that now because it meant that I had to go in to the hospital for bi-weekly NSTs.
Between 35 and 37 weeks, my baby failed several NSTs but passed his BPPs. At 37 weeks, my baby failed his final NST and I was told he needed to be delivered immediately.
I wasn’t allowed to go home and I had to make several phone calls to make arrangements for my other boys and work. My husband made it to the hospital just in time for my emergency C-section.
Our son was born not breathing and was septic. He had suffered a brain injury in utero called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE—to learn more, visit http://www.hopeforhie.org).
Our baby spent three heartbreaking weeks in the NICU and the memories of his traumatic birth haunt me to this day.
We named our son Tybalt and we are extremely lucky that he survived his birth and that thus far, we have not encountered any lasting effects due to his injury.
I decided to become a Count the Kicks Ambassador to raise awareness about the importance of kick counting. I know how difficult it is to juggle the multitude of demands that motherhood brings and how easy it is to let things slide, but I want other moms to know that no movement or even a change in normal movement is one of those things that requires your immediate attention.
I am willing to meet you at the hospital and watch your kids if your baby’s movement has you worried and you need help—just shoot me an email!
I want to spread this message as far as it can go, and you can help me by sharing our campaign or by putting me in touch with your OB’s office.
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