It’s been a bit of a roller coaster weekend here. I started getting a bit of a cough on Thursday, which had gotten a lot worse by Friday. I figured it must be a cold or whatever, but didn’t think much of it more than it was annoying. Then the night into Saturday I started having a really bad feeling about it all. I couldn’t sleep and was tossing and turning around, and I couldn’t feel the baby moving for ages. I started getting a fever, not a high one, but still enough to worry me more. From 4 to 6 am I was wide awake and the baby was totally still. They say if you don’t feel 10 movements in 2 hours to call it in. So we called the midwife at 6 am, who agreed it wasn’t great, but said to lie down again for another 2 hours and really focus on the movements. At 7.30 I gave up and called again. My fever was still at 38 degrees and I’d felt maybe 2 or 3 very small movements the whole morning.
The midwife rang up the hospital who told us to come in. Said and done. We were hooked up to a heart rate monitor for almost an hour, and although her heart was steady, she still wasn’t moving. The docs did a check with the ultrasound as well, and despite a lot of poking around we didn’t get any reactions out of her. They also said that it looked like I had less amniotic fluid than what they would normally expect.
Since her heartbeat was fine, we were sent home, and told to rest all day and come back 8 hours later. I spent the majority of the day in bed, dosing. By the time 5 pm came around I was feeling better, still a bit feverish, but no where near as bad as the morning. Baby had started moving a bit more again, but we decided to still go in, just to make sure. By the time we got there, and they hooked us up again, she was pretty much back to normal, and they concluded that her being still must just have been an effect of me being low in energy.
So all good in the end, but very scary though, and it really hit home that I will spend the rest of my life worrying about whether she’s ok or not.
Another thing I found out today, is that both the NHS and the GGD (the NL equivalent) recommend pregnant mothers getting vaccinated for whooping cough at between 28-32 weeks pregnancy. Something my midwife has completely not mentioned at all. Extremely annoyed that we haven’t received this information until now, and thorough talking to other pregnant people as well, and googling ourselves. I know the Dutch are super relaxed about all this, but I’d expect to get informed about standard recommendations at least! Or is that too much to ask?