I didn’t plan on writing a post today however it’s been an eventful afternoon and wanted to share a quick update with you all. I was 27 weeks yesterday which is crazy, can’t believe next Saturday I will be 28 weeks, 7 months and in the third trimester!
In previous posts I have said just how active Pip is, he’s always wriggling and kicking and I feel a limb pretty much everyday. However today I started to worry in the morning, I hadn’t felt anything. We tried poking him to wake him up, talking to him but he didn’t seem to react. I went shopping with my mum and mentioned how I hadn’t really felt anything. I tried to wake him again but only got a very faint poke. I told Brent and we decided that we would ring the midwife when I got home.
When we called her, she told me to have a large glass of cold water, lie down on my left side with my hands on my bump and just concentrate on the baby. She told me to stay like this for 40 minutes and then call her back. After the longest 40 minutes I’ve ever experienced, we counted 10 movements, 2 of which were a little stronger but the rest were really weak. We both didn’t really say anything, the worst thoughts crossing our minds. After I called the midwife back, she said it was very reassuring I had felt movement, and sometimes the kicks are weaker due to the baby moving to a different position. She asked if I wanted to wait for a couple of hours to see what other movement I got or to go straight in to be monitored. I chose to go straight in, no point wasting time at home fretting so we left straight away.
Once at the hospital, I had the normal check up of weight, blood pressure and so on and then the midwife strapped my bump up with two monitors. I had to click a button every time I felt movement which just so happened to be a lot now! They monitored his heartbeat and how many movements I felt from the clicks and after about 45 minutes she said she was very happy with the results. The heartbeat was strong and there was lots of movement. She also said boys tend to cause trouble around this stage as they change into awkward positions. As it’s my first and because of the reduced movement, we have been booked in for another scan on Wednesday and then I have to take my results back to her to check them.
I’m so relieved that everything is okay. I was so used to feeling him kick and react to our voices and pokes that it was very scary when I hadn’t felt anything in over 12 hours. The midwifes at the hospital were so lovely and nice and really put me at ease. I haven’t had the best of luck with happy community midwifes but they were amazing today.
If you ever notice less movement from your baby, don’t wait around, ring your midwife straight away. It’s so reassuring having someone to talk to and it’s always better to be safe, you aren’t making a fuss and they don’t think you are, it’s always best to get checked out.
I will post again next week once I’ve had my other scan and I also have my 28 week midwife appointment on Friday too, let’s hope everything stays okay and that little Pip stays active now.
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How are you getting on with your pregnancy?