This Mum Has An Advice To All Pregnant Women, ‘If You Have Doubts, GO IN!’

Every pregnant woman will have a story to share. Some of them may have a pleasant one while some others may have a tragic story to tell. However, a few might have gone through an experience that they want to share with other pregnant women. That’s what happened with 19-year-old Ayla Heller, who is a first-time mother.

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She shared her near-tragic birth story on Facebook to encourage other women to trust their instincts during pregnancy.

Ayla Heller’s Story

The day she turned 38 weeks – it was just another normal day for Ayla Heller. However, she had noticed that her baby was not moving much. But, like any expectant mom does, she thought it was a less active day for her little love. Throughout the day, she could feel her daughter adjusting position, but nothing more than that. Not much kicking like other days.

It is later when her partner, Dalton Henderson put his hand on Heller’s belly

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and checked on the baby’s kicking, she started feeling uneasy. She realized that her baby had not moved all day. She did what moms expected to do. She took a bath and drank cold orange juice. Yet, no kicks happened. However, she was relieved when she listened to her baby’s heartbeat with a fetal Doppler.

Following Her Instincts…

Even though her baby’s heartbeats relaxed her, she was a little panicked. She didn’t know what to do. The internet confused her more. Half of everything she read said to go in immediately, and the other half said that babies run out of room to kick. Well, she texted her mom who forced her to go to the labor center or call her midwife. She contacted her midwife and Heller’s midwife directed her to go to the labor center. Once she reached there, she was hooked up to monitors to track baby’s movements. And they tried everything.

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Heller says,

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“Once again I was given orange juice, ice, rolled this way, rolled that way, adjusted… literally at one point they had my bed set up to where my belly and legs were flat and my upper body was tilted upside down slightly!! After about 30-40 minutes I was informed that my midwife was on her way. (which my mother knew was a bad sign and got everyone to the hospital, thankfully).”

Her midwife broke the news that things are not heading in the right way and they will have to go for a c-section. She was immediately rushed to the operating room. Heller recalls, “I was given my spinal and before they could even get Dalton in the room they began the delivery. She came out fine and cried a little bit, but she needed oxygen.”

What Went Wrong…

According to the medical team, Heller’s placenta had aged prematurely, was calcified, and it had stopped its normal functioning. Because of this, her baby could not receive as much oxygen or food as she needed. She tried to preserve her energy, which is why

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she had stopped moving. However, she had developed low blood sugar upon arrival. So she needed to be hooked up to a glucose drip IV during her first few days. The doctors don’t know why this happened to the placenta. If she hasn’t reached the labor center on time, she might have lost her baby. There’s nothing she could’ve done to prevent her placenta from stop working.

She could save her baby because she followed her instincts. She did not adopt a ‘wait and watch’ policy. Or she did not think of her doctor dismissing her worries as anxieties of a first-mom. Instead, she decided to go in.

And that’s the message she wants to convey to every other pregnant woman. She asks them to take any symptom seriously. She tells them not to assume that a halt in baby’s movement is normal.

“You know your body and what’s normal for your baby. And BABIES DON’T RUN OUT OF ROOM!! that was the common response I kept seeing. Babies will always kick whether there’s much room or not. IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS, GO

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IN. GO IN. GO IN. GO IN!!! Always be safe rather than sorry.”

Well, moms, if you feel something wrong with your baby or your body, as Heller points out, trust your instincts and always go in.