You are your baby’s voice. Be his/her advocate! If you ever don’t feel right about your pregnancy or the response to your concerns, don’t hesitate to ask more questions or obtain a second opinion if necessary.
When you report any changes or concerns to your health care provider, you should be evaluated further. This may include a non-stress test for 30-60 minutes or more, ultrasound, biophysical profile, daily monitoring, additional visits, or other testing and interventions as determined to be appropriate by your health care provider. Other factors will also be taken into consideration such as your age, blood pressure problems, your family history, and what has happened with your previous pregnancies. (7, 9, 10, 11)
If your prenatal testing and kick counting show a healthy mom, baby, cord, and placenta, that is wonderful! Continue with the kick counting and follow the advice of your health care team. Be aware of how you are feeling and continue to report any changes right away. Ask your healthcare providers to keep you up-to-date about local outbreaks of infection and how to prevent many types of infections. If at any time you experience abdominal or back pain, fever, vaginal bleeding or leaking, contact your health care team immediately. (7)