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"If You Have Doubts, Go In!": Young Oregon Mom Who Saved Her Unborn Daughter Urges Other Expectant Moms To Trust Their Instincts

Date August 21, 2018 10:54

Every pregnancy comes with some degree of anxiety, especially for first-time moms. If a pregnant woman feels that something is off, even if just a little, she should trust her instincts, warns one Oregon mom who listened to her gut feeling and caring family and saved her baby.

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Why moms should trust their instincts

The day Ayla Heller reached 38 weeks of pregnancy started like a normal day. The woman felt fine, but she noticed that her baby wasn’t kicking as actively as she usually did. By noon, the baby changed her position, but there was still no kicking.

In the evening, Ayla’s boyfriend Dalton Henderson placed his hand on her belly and asked if their baby had been kicking. When the couple realized there had not been enough kicking, they grew concerned and listened to their daughter’s heartbeat with their fetal Doppler (the heartbeat was normal).

Although her daughter’s heart was beating, Ayla had a feeling that something wasn’t right. She checked online whether a lack of kicking was normal (the search yielded mixed results), and then texted her mom.

Ayla’s mom told her to go in or contact her midwife immediately, which Ayla did, and the midwife told her to come to the labor center.

When Ayla and her family arrived at the labor center, they were told that things weren’t looking good. Ayla had to have an emergency C-section, and, luckily, her baby was fine. However, the newborn girl needed oxygen and also had to spend the first few days of her life on a glucose drip, because her blood sugar was low.

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After her baby girl was born, Ayla learned from her doctors how lucky she was. Her placenta had been calcified, and the baby hadn’t been getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Had Ayla waited longer to go to the labor center, she would have lost her precious baby.

Today, Ayla and her boyfriend Dalton are happy parents of a healthy baby girl named Maddy (short for Madison). The young mom decided to share her story on Facebook to urge other moms to trust their instincts. It’s a rather long post, but it’s definitely worth reading!

What is calcification of the placenta and why is it dangerous?

Calcification, or premature aging, is what happens when calcium deposits form in the placenta. The risk for the baby depends on the degree of calcification and on the term of pregnancy.

If calcification is advanced, the baby can’t get enough oxygen and nutrients he or she needs to survive. Calcification may cause the baby to die in the womb or be born prematurely.

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Women with high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney problems are at a higher risk of placenta calcification.

To prevent placenta calcification, the following tips can help:

1. Figure out how much calcium you need to take daily. Pregnant women need extra calcium (1200 mg a day in total), but too much or too little of this mineral can lead to complications.

2. Calculate the amount of calcium you’re getting from food. If you aren’t getting enough, increase your daily calcium intake with a supplement (after it's approved by your doctor!)

3. Some medicines, such as antacids, can increase your calcium levels. Before taking these or other medicines, consult your doctor.

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Pregnant women should always stay vigilant, pay attention to the slightest changes, and alert their doctors if something feels off. Also, they should trust their instincts – a mother’s heart never errs!

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