Sky News presenter Emma Crosby has revealed that "counting her kicks" saved her pregnancy from ending in stillbirth.
Crosby, 38, told Daily Mail she had a "textbook" pregnancy at 39 weeks, then she noticed "something had changed" in her baby’s movements. She got to the hospital "just in the nick of time" as her daughter Mary, now 3, became distressed and swallowed her meconium (a baby's first waste) while in the womb.
The journalist had been introduced to the Kicks Count website by a friend. The charity advises expectant mums to call their midwife if they think their baby's movements have slowed down or stopped altogether.
Earlier that day, after noticing that the baby wasn't as active as normal, Crosby and her partner went to hospital for a checkup, but were told everything was fine and sent home.
However, Crosby "couldn't shake the feeling that all was not well" and called the hospital again later that night after noticing the baby hadn't moved for some time.
After another two hours with no movement, Crosby was rushed to hospital at 6 a.m., where medical staff detected the baby's heartbeat, but panic ensued when the heart rate dropped, and the baby was delivered by emergency C-section.
"I'm so very grateful that I knew about the importance of monitoring foetal movement, otherwise Mary might not be with us today, which is a terrifying thought," said Crosby, who is now an ambassador for Kicks Count.
All expectant mums can get to know their baby's regular pattern of movement, but it's important to know that all babies are different. According to Kicks Count, foetal movements vary from four to 100 every hour.
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