Whilst we were aware of getting our 10 movements in during my pregnancy with Nathan, it wasn’t until we were expecting our daughter that I discovered your charity and the importance of knowing your baby’s pattern of movement.
After our losses I found being pregnant made me very anxious so focusing on movements helped me stay calm. It probably saved her life!
At 26 weeks she had a regular pattern of movement. Active in general but some calm times in the evening and mid morning. It was around this time I noticed she was being quiet irrespective of what I ate, drank or did to encourage her. I contacted my local midwife who were happy to get me in for a check up. After 2 of these incidences they sent me to PAU who were dismissive at first as I was only 28 weeks and she couldn’t possibly have a regular pattern and if I’d had my 10 movements she was fine! Thanks to Kicks Count I knew better and insisted on being monitored.
They discovered I had excessive fluid which contributed to my inability to feel her movements, along with an anterior placenta. They were concerned she had a blockage between her mouth and stomach which was causing the fluid to build up (polyhydramnious)
Over the next couple of months I was taken into PAU 6 times, on the 6th visit they decided to admit me, with a plan to observe and monitor for 48 hours before doing our elective section.
Getting a continuous trace on our little girl proved difficult, a scan showed big pockets of fluid and they were concerned even more. She was not a happy bunny and needed to come out at 37 weeks.
Fortunately our beautiful girl arrived safe and sound at 11.10am on Christmas Eve 2015, weighing 7lbs 11oz. She had a tube put down her throat in the NICU after birth to check for a blockage which was fine.
– Alex McGaffin