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Cord round neck

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DaisyS91 Wed 29-Mar-17 08:00:05

A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a page on Instagram about a baby that was stillborn because the cord wrapped around her neck. I have been really paranoid about this ever since.
Last night I felt baby move round loads at 3 am which I don't know is normal or abnormal as I'm normally asleep at this time but I haven't felt her move this morning. I'm so scared that what I felt last night was her dying :-(

Salmonpinkcords Wed 29-Mar-17 08:33:09

Oh daisy you sound very anxious. How many weeks are you?
Last night was probably your baby having a stretch before it went to sleep. Have a cold drink and see if it wakes baby up.
My first child has the cord wrapped around her neck and she was fine - it was quickly unwrapped when she was born.
Pregnancy can be a stressful anxious time but if you feel this anxious perhaps speak to your midwife/GP.

Seeline Wed 29-Mar-17 08:37:48

My DD was also born with the cord wrapped round her neck (and weirdly with a knot in it!). The midwife was suspicious that this was the case as DD heart rate dropped during contractions, and was ready for it. Cord was unwound as DD was delivered and was absolutely fine.

Babies do move a lot in the womb - how far along are you? I'm sure everything is fine, but ring your midwife if you need reassuring.

DaisyS91 Wed 29-Mar-17 08:45:54

I'm 36 weeks. I have a Heath visitor coming today and my midwife said she would try and pop in at the same time so if I haven't felt anything by then I will ask for her advice and if she doesn't come I'll text her. Thanks for the reassurance xx

ICJump Wed 29-Mar-17 08:49:49

My baby was born with the cord wrapped twice around his neck. I caught him myself andnoticed it so I then unlooped the cord. His apgar score was 9 and 10.
Let the midwife know about the movement change when you see her.

Seeline Wed 29-Mar-17 08:49:56

At 36 weeks it could just be baby getting into position. I'm sure I felt one of mine flip round to head first. Do you know what position your little one was in?
Movements do slow down in the latter stages as well because there is less room to move about. Definitely ask the health visitor when she comes, and check with your MW if you want reassurance.

Luckystar1 Wed 29-Mar-17 08:53:51

OP movements do not slow down in the later stages of pregnancy that is completely incorrect.

If you are worried go to your midwife or ring the hospital.

For what it's worth, my son also had the cord wrapped round his neck and didn't breathe immediately post birth, we blew on his face and rubbed him down for about a minute and all was fine.

Good luck.

DancingLedge Wed 29-Mar-17 08:54:37

Two of mine had cord round neck when being born, both strapping lads now. We all get panic moments when pregnant, try to be kind to yourself. If movements are different, or you're not feeling movement, go and get it checked out by your midwife or hospital, as soon as you can. That way, you'll know you're taking good care of your baby, and there's an overwhelming probability you'll feel reassured.
Try not to be embarrassed if this happens several times; midwives would rather do 100 checks that turn out fine, than not be asked to do the one extremely rare check where the baby needs some help.
Good luck.

TheColonelAdoresPuffins Wed 29-Mar-17 08:58:52

Could you lie back in the bath? You sometimes see babies shifting around then. Or an ice lolly sometimes makes them move. (A bit mean that one smile

Semaphorically Wed 29-Mar-17 08:59:21

If you haven't felt movements this morning and that's not normal for your baby please call the hospital immediately. It really is better to be safe than sorry on movements.

www.kickscount.org.uk/mums/your-babys-movements/

TheColonelAdoresPuffins Wed 29-Mar-17 08:59:25

If they were moving around at 3 an they might be fast asleep now

TheColonelAdoresPuffins Wed 29-Mar-17 09:01:31

Although Semaphorically is right

SleepFreeZone Wed 29-Mar-17 09:02:00

Oh bless you, try not to read stories like this as you will just imagine the worse. I was extremely anxious in my second pregnancy and I just avoided anything and everything baby related at the end - unless I was absolutely sure it was a happy story.

Everything crossed that the end of your pregnancy is seamless and problem free xx

Helbelle75 Wed 29-Mar-17 09:05:24

I've been in 4 times now for reduced movement and each time the midwives have said I was right to go in. There are posters up all around the hospital about baby movements and how important they are.
If babit not moving in the morning is unusual for you, then speak to the Antenatal unit.
I would have a cold drink and lie down for a while, and see how it goes. The kicks count website above is great.

P.s. i've had all of these thoughts as well. I think it's pretty natural. Make sure you ring your mw or antenatal unit if you have any questions.

silkybear Wed 29-Mar-17 09:06:02

Try drinking a coke with lots of ice and lie down on your side quietly for 10 mins. You should find the sugar and cold combo kicks them into action. I did this with my daughter a few times. If nothing call midwife for additional checks xx

DaisyS91 Wed 29-Mar-17 09:13:13

Thank you all. I'm laying on my side at the moment and hoping something happens. Last time I went to the hospital was not a good experience which makes me feel uncomfortable about going again though obviously if baby doesn't start wriggling I will be more ham happy to do. I have anxiety written all over my notes and it seems to me that I'm always written off by the staff as just being an over anxious FTM

QueenCassiopeia Wed 29-Mar-17 09:16:15

Please- movements do NOT slow down at any stage of pregnancy, if your baby has changed their movement routine please call your midwife and seek advice. Even a change in movements needs to be addressed as well as no movements at all. This is because those 'changes' in movements may be indicating a problem that may be able to be helped before we get to the sad reality of no movements at all. Do not put anything down to paranoia and get everything checked, trust yourself you know your baby best. My thoughts are with you OP flowers

IndianWinter Wed 29-Mar-17 09:18:25

Drink a glass of ice cold water.

QueenCassiopeia Wed 29-Mar-17 09:20:04

Oh OP I do feel for you sad it's not nice to be made to feel like that. Nevertheless if you have concerns please continue to call and be checked- I know it's awful but feeling silly (though you shouldn't be made to feel like this at all imo) is a darn sight better than ignoring a potential problem and suffering the consequences. Wishing you and baby well star

Ginslinger Wed 29-Mar-17 09:20:39

If you've had a cold drink and lain on your side for 15 minutes and still nothing then I would definitely go and be seen - it is entirely possible that your baby is having a lie-in but it is always worth checking if there are no movements flowers

Semaphorically Wed 29-Mar-17 09:31:31

Really don't worry about being anxious. This is a good thing to be anxious about. They will never think you're being over-cautious about reduced movement- every single antenatal HCP I've ever spoken to has said if you're at all concerned about movements always always always go in to the hospital and get it checked out.

DinosaurFanGirl Wed 29-Mar-17 09:33:06

It is a real shame that you feel they aren't treating you that great in hospital. They might have anxious written all over your notes though so they can be made aware to ensure they keep you calm as ultimately they don't want to stress you out as it isn't goof for baby. I suffer with anxiety and the midwives have been amazing at my unit at ensuring everyone knows I struggle with anxiety and so know how to handle me better. Maybe they might be doing the same?

As for the cord don't worry. My cousin has a cord around her neck and they got her out via C-section. Plus if you watch OBEM you'll see that there's a baby every episode that is born with cord round the neck but the midwives suspect this and always are prepared. There is never any drama regarding the cord around the neck. I should imagine its very far nowadays for the cord to be a reason for stillborn, especially in the UK xx

DancingLedge Wed 29-Mar-17 09:35:08

I know it's horrid if staff don't treat you kindly, or make you feel put down for being anxious, and this really shouldn't happen. But you don't go in to make friends with them, or get their approval. You go to make sure your baby's not in danger. That is so much more important.

Don't let anyone or anything stop you from getting reduced movements checked outout, pretty quickly. Especially when you're far enough on, as you are, for baby to be safely delivered if somethings wrong.
If it were me, I would be texting midwife now for advice.She can tell you how long to wait for movement, or how quickly to get a check up.

PenelopeFlintstone Wed 29-Mar-17 09:36:09

I'm another one with the cord twice around baby's neck and no issues at or after birth.
I hope for some movements soon to put your mind at ease.

SquedgieBeckenheim Wed 29-Mar-17 09:40:13

I was born with 2 knots in my cord and it wrapped around my neck, obviously I am fine!
Please go and get checked at the hospital if there's any change in your babies movements. Movements don't slow down at any stage in pregnancy. I'm sure I was labelled as over anxious at the hospital this last pregnancy, but the midwives always checked me over when needed.

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