Your baby's movements are important | Born Wild Photography

Everything can change in a blink of an eye. Luckily for us, it didn’t this time.


A couple of days ago I woke in the middle of the night, which nowadays happens many times every night. Normally when I wake it doesn’t take long before I can feel my baby move inside me, but this time everything was just so quiet. I tried rubbing my stomach, but nothing happened. After about 20 minutes I decided to go to the kitchen to get something to drink and to move around a bit to see if I could get some response. I kept on rubbing my stomach gently and sing to my baby girl.

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Time passed, and suddenly almost two hours had gone by and I hadn’t felt any movement. Not a single little kick, or flutter.

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I knew then that I had to call the hospital and that we had to go in for a check, but a part of me didn’t want to. A part of me just wanted to go back to bed and forget everything, thinking this was just a bad dream. But I knew that wasn't an option.

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Minutes later we had packed our dogs and our tired boy in the car, and were on our way. Those 30 minutes to the hospital felt like hours. There were so many thoughts rushing through my head. Were we already too late? Was our baby dead? Would we never get the opportunity to get to know our little girl? Or was she struggling and would I be rushed to an emergency c-section? Or was everything well, but then, why hadn’t she moved? She always moves around. I tried to keep calm for my son, but on the inside it was chaos.

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When we arrived at the hospital they attached the fetal monitoring over my belly, and within minutes they found a steady heartbeat, and a few minutes later our little girl started moving like her normal self again. Words cannot explain how happy I was hearing her little heart beat, and feeling her wiggle around again. I felt so grateful and blessed. Finally I could breath again. After a few more tests, we could go home. Thank you, thank you universe for keeping our baby safe.

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This time everything turned out alright, but the reason I want to share this story is because decreased baby movement can be a sign of fetal distress. Two out of three women who had a stillbirth said that their baby's movements had slowed down or stopped. By getting a check fast, and not waiting until the next day, you can save your baby's life. To all mothers-to-be, listen to your intuition. You know your baby best. If you feel something is wrong, go in for a check. On the website www.kjennliv.no (mostly in Norwegian) or www.countthekicks.org you can find a lot of information about how you can monitor your baby's movement. Remember, it is not true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy. #movementsmatter


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Fødselsfotograf, doula og familiefotograf / Oslo, Innlandet og omegn

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