Still Aware believes the key to reducing preventable stillbirth is to trust expectant mother's. When a mother explains something 'doesn't feel right' with their baby, we need to listen to their intuition.
Why instincts matter?
The moment you find out you're pregnant you are already a mother. While in utero, your baby is communicating with you through its movements, and after 28 weeks in pregnancy you will have a regular pattern of movements to 'listen to'. Nobody knows your baby better than you, so it's important to trust your intuition if something feels irregular or different.
If your baby's movements have changed, or you feel like something is out of the ordinary, listen to your baby, trust your intuition, and contact your care provider to voice your concerns.
Remember you are your baby's best advocate. You know your baby better than anyone. You are the link between your baby and the outside world. Find out more on how to Get To Know Your Baby.
What happens if you ring with concerns about your baby's movements?
Reduced fetal movements, as well as a rapid increase in fetal movements, can be a sign that your baby is unwell and further investigation is required. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should contact your care provider immediately.
Upon contacting your care provider, your doctor, maternity ward or midwife should ask you to come in. They will monitor your baby’s heartbeat or conduct an ultrasound.
If you still have concerns even if you have been cared for and reassured that all is normal, you have the right to further care. It can simply be a feeling of unease, or a sinking feeling that something isn't right. Trust your instinct, and insist on further action. Do not leave the hospital until you're satisfied.