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Greg Rutherford reveals his fiancée Susie was rushed to hospital after their baby ‘stopped moving’

Greg Rutherford reveals his fiancée Susie was rushed to hospital after their baby ‘stopped moving’


Greg Rutherford‘s pregnant fiancée Susie Verrill was rushed to hospital on Thursday night after their baby girl ‘stopped moving’. 

The Olympic long jumper, 34, admitted he ‘almost cried’ with relief when doctors found their baby’s heartbeat and she kicked.

Greg said that he and Susie, 32, grew worried after their baby girl ‘stopped moving’ because she is usually very active, as he updated his followers via Instagram.

Update: Greg Rutherford has revealed that his pregnant fiancée Susie Verrill was rushed to hospital on Thursday night after their baby girl 'stopped moving'

Update: Greg Rutherford has revealed that his pregnant fiancée Susie Verrill was rushed to hospital on Thursday night after their baby girl ‘stopped moving’

Posting a picture of his pregnant fiancée in hospital, the former Strictly contestant penned: ‘So last night was stressful. 

‘After a busy day of tidying and clearing Susie suddenly realised she hadn’t felt the baby move in a while. 

‘We went through all the steps to try and make her move and nothing happened. The worry was caused by the fact that normally she doesn’t stop moving! 

‘We jumped in the car and headed to the hospital. They found the heartbeat and then in typical fashion, she kicked! 

‘This apparently made Susie feel like a weather person though so silver linings.’ 

Emotional: Taking to his Instagram Story, the Olympic long jumper, 34, admitted he 'almost cried' when doctors found their baby's heartbeat and she kicked (pictured in October)

Emotional: Taking to his Instagram Story, the Olympic long jumper, 34, admitted he ‘almost cried’ when doctors found their baby’s heartbeat and she kicked (pictured in October) 

Worried: Greg said that he and Susie, 32, grew worried after their baby girl 'stopped moving' as she is usually very active

Worried: Greg said that he and Susie, 32, grew worried after their baby girl ‘stopped moving’ as she is usually very active 

Recalling the worrying incident, he added: ‘I almost cried when the heartbeat was found. The stress of being pregnant never gets any easier.’

Most women begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, and the movement is typically described as a kick, flutters, swish or roll. 

There is no set number of normal movements. A baby will have their own pattern of movements that mothers-to-be should get to recognise.  

The NHS website states that expectant mothers should call their midwife or maternity unity immediately if they notice their baby is moving less than usual, they can’t feel any movement or there is a change of pattern.

THE FLUTTERS, SWISHES AND ROLLS: WHAT THOSE MOVEMENTS MEAN 

  • Reduced foetal movement is a reduction in a baby’s regular pattern of movement.
  • Most women begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, and the movement is typically described as a kick, flutters, swish or roll.
  • The type of movement may change as pregnancy progresses.
  • There is no set number of normal movements. A baby will have their own pattern of movements that mothers-to-be should get to recognise. 
  • From 16 to 24 weeks on, women should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks, then the moves will stay roughly the same until birth.
  • Usually, afternoon and evening periods are times of peak activity for a baby. During both day and night, a baby has sleep periods that mostly last between 20 and 40 minutes, and are rarely longer than 90 minutes.
  • A baby will usually not move during these sleep periods.
  • There is no set number of kicks a woman should be feeling. What is important is that they know what is normal for their baby.
  • There is a common misconception that you should be feeling ten kicks over a set period, but this is no longer suggested as all babies are different.
  • Women who are concerned that their baby has slowed down or stopped moving should contact their midwife or maternity unit immediately.

Medical professionals will then be able to check the baby and its heartbeat to ensure everything is okay.  

Greg also took to his Instagram later on Thursday evening to thanks his 161K followers for their concern and well-wishes. 

Posting the same picture of Susie as his Story update, he penned: ‘I’ve been inundated with messages since posting the story earlier so just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your concern. 

‘Everything really is ok, baby’s fine, Susie’s fine and we’re just really grateful we could be seen so quickly and reassured.’

Thankful: Greg also took to his Instagram later on Thursday evening to thanks his 161K followers for their concern and well-wishes

Thankful: Greg also took to his Instagram later on Thursday evening to thanks his 161K followers for their concern and well-wishes 

Greg went on to thank the NHS for looking after his family amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He continued: ‘The NHS are under so much stress and strain at the moment but we couldn’t have felt more looked after, even when we had to show up close to ADAU closing time (which we kept apologising for I promise!) 

‘This is our third baby so we know this sort of thing happens and we used every trick in the book to get some movement going but sometimes you just have to admit defeat and accept professional help.’

Signing off his post, he wrote: ‘Just looking forward to having her here now. Not long to go!’  

Greg and Susie announced they were expecting their third child, a baby girl, in December.  

Family of five: The couple are already parents to sons Milo, six, and Rex, three, and they announced their third pregnancy in December - they are expecting a baby girl

Family of five: The couple are already parents to sons Milo, six, and Rex, three, and they announced their third pregnancy in December – they are expecting a baby girl 

Susie, who is also mum to Milo, six, and Rex, three, has since spoken out on her experience with Hyperemesis gravidarum – which causes extreme morning sickness, a condition she was also diagnosed with in her previous pregnancies. 

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is defined as severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.  Up to 20 per cent of sufferers experience symptoms up to weeks 14-to-20, however, most have relief in the later stages. 

Unlike morning sickness, which affects up to 80 percent of pregnant women, HG causes severe dehydration and prevents sufferers from keeping any food down.

In a video diary posted on her popular Instagram page, Susie is seen throughout the first six months of her pregnancy, documenting the extreme symptoms of HG.

Explaining she was keen to help others suffering with the condition to feel less isolated, Susie said she spent months in bed alone, even struggling to go downstairs in her home.   

Tough time: Susie has since spoken out on her experience with Hyperemesis gravidarum - which causes extreme morning sickness, a condition she was also diagnosed with in her previous pregnancies

Tough time: Susie has since spoken out on her experience with Hyperemesis gravidarum – which causes extreme morning sickness, a condition she was also diagnosed with in her previous pregnancies 

One particuarly emotional entry comes when Susie cries as she tells the camera: ‘It is sometimes not enough to know that there is a baby coming at the end of this.’

The diary also follows the blogger as she is taken to hospital after she was sick 15 times in just eight hours. She also experiences hair loss as the condition worsens.   

Susie tells viewers that she has her ‘safe spot’ in her bedroom but even going downstairs triggers bad anxiety.  

‘I had smell aversions the last two pregnancies but this time it’s really strong,’ she is seen saying. ‘The smell downstairs are so strong and horrible and it makes my house feel like I don’t want to be here.’

Thankfully as Susie reaches her 20 week scan she reveals she is beginning to feel better, and is operating at ‘70%’ most days.

Sickness: In a video diary posted on her popular Instagram page, Susie is seen throughout the first six months of her pregnancy, documenting the extreme symptoms of HG

Sickness: In a video diary posted on her popular Instagram page, Susie is seen throughout the first six months of her pregnancy, documenting the extreme symptoms of HG

In the accompanying caption, she explains that both she and Greg had reservations about trying for a third child.  

‘Our decision to try for baby number 3 began with terror (from me), apprehension (from Greg) and a treatment plan/prophylactics (meds to take before conceiving as a prevention, from the doctor),’ she wrote. 

‘While I felt dreadful and existed on a cocktail of drugs, it wasn’t as bad as Rex’s pregnancy which I’m thankful for. I only needed to visit the hospital for a drip once, managed to keep vomiting to once every 1.5 hours and ‘only’ lost 5% body weight.’

‘Anyway, you can see from the video (so sorry, it’s not cheery, but I did leave out the worst parts!) how much of a battle just existing is. And how low it can leave you feeling.’

Susie went on to thank Greg and her mum ‘for every ounce of their support.’ 

Lonely:  Susie is seen throughout the first six months of her pregnancy in the video diary, explaining she wanted to share her experience to help others suffering feel less alone

Lonely:  Susie is seen throughout the first six months of her pregnancy in the video diary, explaining she wanted to share her experience to help others suffering feel less alone

‘From keeping me mentally together, to washing my bedding, to putting up with the incessant switching of ‘safe’ foods & endless trips to the supermarket to get me anything obscure I might fancy trying to nibble for a couple of seconds.

‘I’m so grateful I can be back to being a mum & while I’m not fully recovered, I’m so grateful to get to this point.’ 

Greg and Susie announced their pregnancy on Instagram in December, sharing photos of Susie showing off her growing bump in a cream shirt. 

She wrote: ‘Really happy to share we’ve got someone new joining the family early next year. The boys are very excited to meet their sister and we’ve been buying lots of miniature pairs of tights…

‘It’s been another difficult HG pregnancy and a long, tough road to get here but we’re so very grateful.’

She said yes!: Greg proposed to Susie in May 2019 during a hike in Arizona, with the couple later proposing their planned 2020 wedding in the US due to COVID

She said yes!: Greg proposed to Susie in May 2019 during a hike in Arizona, with the couple later proposing their planned 2020 wedding in the US due to COVID 

Greg shared the same photo, writing: ‘Absolutely thrilled to let you all know baby no 3 is on HER way. WE MADE A GIRL!’ 

Greg and Susie met in 2012, exchanging messages for two months before enjoying a bowling date together – and hit it off instantly. 

They welcomed first son Milo in Oct 2014 with Rex arriving in July 2017.

Greg won Olympic gold in 2012 and is the British record holder, both outdoors and indoors.

Greg proposed to Susie in May 2019 during a hike in Arizona, with the couple later proposing their planned 2020 wedding in the US due to COVID. 

WHAT IS HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is defined as severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Celebrities who’ve been open about their own battles with HG include:

  • The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton 
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Debra Messing
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Tia Mowry
  • Tori Spelling 
  • Amy Schumer 

It affects up to two percent of pregnant women.  

HG symptoms usually appear between weeks four and six and peak at 9-to-13 weeks.

Up to 20 per cent of sufferers experience symptoms up to weeks 14-to-20, however, most have relief in the later stages.

Unlike morning sickness, which affects up to 80 percent of pregnant women, HG causes severe dehydration and prevents sufferers from keeping any food down.

Other symptoms include:

  • Losing five percent or more of their pre-pregnancy weight
  • Reduced urination
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • A rapid heart rate  

Some HG cases require hospitalization where women can receive IV fluids and nutrition. 

HG’s cause was thought to be hormonal, however, research suggests it may be due to genetic variations.

Source: American Pregnancy Association 



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