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From the moment Emma Crosby discovered she was going to have a baby, the 38-year-old British TV reporter had a perfect pregnancy. But that changed when she was 41 weeks along.
The mom-to-be noticed that her baby wasn't moving as much as she had before. Luckily for Crosby, a friend had told her to check out Kicks Count. The nonprofit organization teaches women how important a baby's movement actually is. After 28 weeks, moms should be able to count about 10 kicks, rolls, or jabs about every two hours, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If there is less activity, it could be a sign of trouble.
So when Crosby didn't feel her baby move much, she went to the hospital. The doctors there checked her out, then sent her home. Later that night, she still didn't feel much, and called the doctors again. They told her to lie on her left side--where she might feel the kicks a little more easily. Still no activity. So she went to the hospital again.
This time the doctors discovered the baby's heartbeat had slowed down--and Crosby was induced. The baby, a girl named Mary, was whisked to intensive care minutes after being born--she'd swallowed meconium (a baby's first poop) and had trouble breathing.
Mary stayed in the hospital for a week, but now at 3 months, is happy and healthy!
Little Miss MaryPosted by Jeremy Peters Photography on Saturday, March 5, 2016
Little Miss Mary
"I was told I’d come to the hospital in the nick of time," Crosby told the Daily Mail.
"But I shudder to think what might have happened if I had dismissed my concerns and gone back to sleep that night. I’m so very grateful that I knew about the importance of monitoring fetal movements; otherwise Mary might not be with us today, which is a terrifying thought."
Another victory for a mother's instinct!
How mother's instinct saved her unborn babyPosted by Daily Mail on Monday, March 14, 2016
How mother's instinct saved her unborn baby