- Baby Saves
“After two miscarriages, I was particularly nervous about my third pregnancy. At the beginning of the pregnancy, I had some complications that were a reminder of how fragile my pregnancy was. Luckily for me, my pregnancy progressed nicely from that point. My daughter had an anterior placenta, so I didn’t feel her first movements until 19 weeks. I became worried if her movements were normal, so I downloaded the Count the Kicks app for peace of mind.
The app helped me understand and establish a rhythm for my baby’s movements. I recorded two sessions a day, without fail. I noticed a pattern, and this went smoothly until I hit 31 weeks.
At 31 weeks, I noticed a small change in my baby’s movements. They became marginally less frequent. I mentioned it to my midwife, who asked that I go to the hospital to be monitored, everything seemed fine, but for my peace of mind, my midwife sent me for a follow-up ultrasound.
During the ultrasound everything looked OK, however, after the final report was made, my daughter’s umbilical Doppler was marked as abnormal. I went back for a second scan, and the dopplers were increasingly abnormal. I was seen by an obstetrician, who told me my daughter was in trouble and sent me for steroid injections to mature her lungs.
Over the following weekend, my daughter’s movements completely stopped, and it was revealed through further scan, the umbilical dopplers were now absent — no blood was circulating between myself and my baby. She was delivered at 34 weeks and 2 days and spent five-and-a-half weeks in a special baby care unit.
Without a doubt, the Count the Kicks app made me aware of my baby’s patterns and the deterioration of them. I believe it helped save her life. She is now a thriving 2-year-old.
I’m now pregnant again and I’m using this app to keep track of how my new pregnancy is progressing. I couldn’t recommend it enough.” -Emma N., Stevie’s mom
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