There have been books written about the subject, but let me share an experience from early in my mothering career that showed me how intuition can be lifesaving.
I was on bedrest starting at 25 weeks with my first baby. I lay there every day and really had time to connect with my baby. I was forced to stop and be quiet. One morning I noticed he hadn’t moved. I drank some juice and waited and I suddenly just knew something was wrong. I called the doctor, who instructed me to drink more juice and pay attention. I already knew something was wrong, yet I dutifully waited another hour. Then they made an appointment for me to come in for a stress test. I was thrilled when they found his heartbeat, but minutes later, they told me I needed to go across the street to the hospital for an emergency cesarean. He was in distress. He was born minutes after I got to the hospital. I often wonder what if I hadn’t been forced to rest? Would I have noticed the lack of movement without being forced to be quiet?
If you want to read my whole experience with this you can click here.
I don’t tell this story to scare you, but rather to impress upon you the importance and the incredible power of your intuition. I have since had two other babies. During these pregnancies, I was very busy chasing the other boys around. I didn’t have time to rest. But I did take time every day to pay attention to my baby. (An organized way to do this is Kick Counts . Listening to my Hypnobabies CDs also provided a daily opportunity for me to connect with my baby.)