Mom-to-be Niesha Young had a feeling something was wrong with her pregnancy. But after she consulted her doctor, she had a hunch the medical professional was wrong, too.
While seven months along, Niesha had told the doc on call that she hadn't felt her baby move in a couple hours. She was cramping, and she also had an unexplained cramp in her leg. The doctor advised her to take a Tylenol and a hot shower and then go lie down.
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Niesha didn't listen. Instead, she went straight to the emergency room. And it turned out to be the best decision she could have ever made.
"Once we got to the labor and delivery room, that nurse checked me and I was already dilated 3 centimeters," she said. "The ride was maybe twelve minutes from my house. So, had I listened to that doctor, my baby wouldn't be here."
As it turned out, Niesha was suffering from partial placenta abruption, where the placenta detaches from the uterus. Since the baby wasn't getting proper nutrients, she easily could've died.
But thanks to the quick-thinking couple, they avoided that very likely tragedy. Though their baby is still in the preemie ward, she's reportedly doing very well.
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So now, Niesha's husband Andrew has some advice of his own that he wants to share with other parents-to-be.
"You can't always follow doctors' advice," Andrew said. "You have to follow your best gut instinct. If you know something wrong, get another opinion right away. Don't wait till later, until it's too late, because that can very well cost you something very precious."
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