Pregnant Woman Lies Upside Down for 3 Months to Save Her Baby

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baby toesIt sounds unimaginable at first. After being told in her fifth month of pregnancy that she was at risk of miscarrying her daughter, Donna Kelly of the U.K. was given an unusual prescription. She could try checking into the hospital for the reminder of her pregnancy, which is a difficult enough sentence for anyone, but while there, she would have to lie upside down the entire time.

So she did. For three months, 24 hours a day, she lay upside down to eat, sleep, watch TV, and anything else one could do in that position. The only time she turned upright was to use the restroom.

She told The Telegraph that while she was surprised at the recommendation at first, after suffering from previous miscarriages, she was willing to try anything for her baby's health.

It made me feel sick and I had a massive head rush at first but after a couple of days, my body adjusted and I soon got used to it. It could be boring at times but I knew it wouldn't be as painful as losing my baby.

And that's the thing ... while at first it sounds unimaginable that she would go to such lengths, most women would do the exact same thing. Motherhood is the most transformative process in the world. It changes you in ways you could never have imagined and makes even the most self-centered among us willing to give up our lives for a child we've never even met. Miscarriage especially leaves you feeling so helpless that if there was a way -- any way -- to prevent it, most would welcome it no matter how difficult.

When we hear of mothers committing such selfless acts or showing bravery in the midst of tragedy, we always say, "I don't know how she does it." But the truth is that's what we do when we're mothers. It's almost like we have no other choice because that maternal love is so strong as hard as a situation may be. 

Fortunately for Kelly, all her efforts paid off, and she delivered Amelia six weeks early last August. She was small, just 4 pounds, 15 ounces, but healthy. She said the hardest part of her journey was being away from her son, 4, for that long, but that giving him a sibling was worth it. Just like most sacrifices we make as mothers are worth it ... and then some.

Can you imagine spending three months upside down to prevent a miscarriage?


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complications, miscarriage & loss, motherhood

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hutch... hutchfam2007

NO I couldnt imagine... being away from my older child would be the worst part of it. Strong lady! As we say in our family, we love our babies!

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I can't imagine what that would be like, but wouldn't hesitate to do it if my child's life depended on it.  Moms rule.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

She was hardly upside down. She could have achieved the same tilt by stacking a couple of pillows under her butt but of course having the hospital bed was more stable plus I'm sure she needed lots of monitoring. Actually being upside down would be torture but lying with your bum and legs elevated is just uncomfortable and annoying.

Ari. Ari.

So, I am a little confused... was she laying in a tilted hospital bed with elevated feet, or hanging like a bat from the ceiling?

klh1185 klh1185

Oh god, can you imagine how sick this must have made her? I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have such horrible heartburn i've had to sleep sitting up so i dont throw up and that started at about 4 months. I wonder how they prevented this.

nonmember avatar Laura

Can I imagine?
YES!
My water broke at 26 weeks while pregnant with my 4th child. I spent 99 days on complete b edrest lying on my side with the head of the bed lower than the foot of the bed. Every moment was worth it because I delivered a healthy fullterm baby girl who will be 16 this coming May.

momto... momtolittleg

Maybe our definitions of "upside-down" are different.  That picture shows her laying with her feet above her head, NOT upside down.  Sheesh.  Probably not comfortable, but not nearly what this article makes it out to be.

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

her feet had to be abover her head it would be akward to lay like that but she is not upside down.


any normal mother would do the same I would. I can not imagine anoy mothe saying its ok I will risk it I do not wantto be uncomfortable. just weird and sick.

nonmember avatar Mya Maternity

Most mothers would do anything for their children.

Sahar... SaharsMum

I couldn't because I have a 15 month old, I would do my best to take it easy and stay off my feet, I am sure Id be heart broken if I lost a baby but I have a little girl to think about. Im sure if it was my first pregnacy I would have, I mean I vomitted non stop for nearly 10 months and lost heaps of weight, so I'm sure I could mange anything if I needed too.

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