When you are a Mum-to-Be and are suffering abdominal pains, it can be a very worrying time.
The NHS advises:
Stomach pains or cramps are common in pregnancy. They’re usually nothing to worry about, but they can sometimes be a sign of something more serious that needs to be checked.
It’s probably nothing to worry about if the pain is mild and goes away when you change position, have a rest, or pass wind. But if you have stomach pains and are worried, call your midwife or maternity hospital.
Harmless stomach pains, which can be dull or sharp, may be caused by:
- ligament pain (often called “growing pains” as the ligaments stretch to support your growing bump) – this can feel like a sharp cramp on one side of your lower tummy
- constipation – which is common in pregnancy)
- trapped wind
Their website goes on to list symptoms and possible causes that would terrify even the calmest of Mum to Be, including such things as ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption and a whole host of other problems. By now the online researcher is probably in a state of meltdown, having associated all of the symptoms with their own stomach pains.
And of course all of this stress is not good for either the mother or the baby.
This is exactly what happened recently.
A lady posted online to a local parenting group that she was experiencing abdominal pain and was worried about her baby. She was 16 weeks and very worried. I was aware of the discussion as a previous customer had recommended the company in the online discussion.
She had tried to get a scan with some of the local private pregnancy scanning companies but none could see her for at least 4-5 days. While many other scanning companies use sonographers, which is fantastic, they often have pre-arranged shifts that can mean a delayed appointment.
At Before We Meet, the clinic is staffed by fully dual-qualified midwife sonographers. Our clinic times are extremely flexible and we can even who can offer to open up ‘on-demand’ to provide a bespoke service that can be a lifeline to those women with concerns about their pregnancy.
She contacted Before We Meet, and explained the situation. My initial advice was for her to contact the Hospital Trust as any problems with pregnancies that we are made aware of are always referred to the Hospital Trust in the first instance as our primary duty of care to the patient. However she had already contacted the maternity unit, who had had informed her that while they could see her, provided she was prepared to wait, it was highly unlikely she would get a scan that day.
With this avenue closed to her, and bearing in mind her concerns, she really needed some reassurance and attention quickly. An appointment was arranged for the same day with the lady to attend the Before We Meet clinic with her partner.
During the appointment, we were able to see baby and check foetal well-being and allay any fears about the symptoms being experienced. The parents were delighted and it eased their concerns substantially.
Had we detected any abnormalities we would have referred the patient to their local hospital for further investigation.
This echoes the ethos of the business: to offer support when women and their families need it most, throughout their pregnancy journey.
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