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I am so used to sharing everything on here that I often forget there are things I’ve never posted. I was induced because of a few issues, but the main and most important was reduced foetal movement. He was still moving, but I knew my baby then as I know him now...and the quality of his movements had changed. They seemed weaker...they didn’t hurt anymore, like they had been. I remember sniggers from doctors and midwives as I said it, but he just wasn’t himself.
When Ollivander was born, the midwives were surprised to see that his cord had a big, tight true knot, something each of them had either not seen before, or seen once or twice over a long career. I didn’t have a chance to absorb this information at the time, but I do remember a sense of retrospective anxiety as they examined it.
Trust your instincts, Mamas. I was told many things while complaining about his change in movements. That he was running out of space, getting bigger, preparing for the big day. These things are myths. Your baby’s movements should stay the same up until delivery and even while in labour. You know your baby better than any doctor, doppler, or trace machine. I have battled a lot of Mama guilt over my induction, so I’m posting this to remind myself of what could’ve been, had I not listened to my gut. Also, it is just a really cool picture (made black and white for the squeamish among you) 😎. #mamaknowsbest #birth #empoweredbirthproject #birthisbeautiful #lucky