I started Hypnobabies and was doing great but sort of got stuck emotionally when I found out I have marginal placenta previa and may be facing a C-Section, so I really slacked off with it for a few weeks.
I had a follow up ultrasound and my stubborn placenta hasn't even moved a millimeter, but DH thinks I should try to get back to doing it again even though if it doesn't move I am not going to have a choice. I agree with him, since it will probably help with my anxiety which is in super overdrive right now.
Do you think I should start from the beginning or pick up where I left off? I haven't done it in about 3.5 weeks and I was taking 2 weeks to do each lesson.
Also - anyone know anyway to get my placenta to move? I already have acupuncture appointments scheduled, but I am not sure if there is anything I can do.
I would start wherever you want to. It probably doesn't matter. A more experienced hypno-mom or teacher may have a better opinion on that. Besides, just listening to the ones you started with won't take but a couple of days. I don't think I would do a whole two weeks of each lesson all over again, unless you want to. I think it's great that you are going to keep going with it. It has more than one purpose, like you said, it can help with the anxiety and fears. Plus, maybe that placenta will move. Hard to say at this point, right? I don't know of any placenta-moving tricks, I am so sorry, and I really hope that it does for you. but even if that's not the case, the hypnosis tools and techniques could really help you a lot!
I think it might be a good idea to spend a few days reviewing the weeks you already did--maybe spend two days reviewing each week, and then move on to the weeks you haven't done yet. You would probably be fine just picking up where you left off, but a short review might help you remember what you already learned.
If you do end up needing a cesarean, Hypnobabies has some cesarean tracks that you might want to look into getting. The "change of plans" script in the birth partner guide is also a good tool if you reach a point where it is determined that vaginal birth is not a possibility.
I really don't think there is any way to get your placenta to move. It is one thing I think we don't really have any control over--it either happens or it doesn't. I hope yours moves and you get to have the natural vaginal birth you want.
I think getting the c-section tracks would be helpful. I don't know how likely the placenta is to move, but you do have a long time still. I'd be having a lot of anxiety too---I was when faced with a breech baby.
I don't know if you've already seen it, but The Business of Being Born addresses the issue of planning for a natural homebirth only to require an emergency c-section. It happens to the director of the film and she actually handles it really well. She also talks about processing the experience later and is very positive.
I'm not sure that there are any ways to encourage a placenta to move. Sometimes as the uterus grows, the placenta moves away from the cervix because the placenta is attached to an upper part of the uterus. If you draw a dot near the opening of an uninflated balloon, that dot will "move" as you blow air into the balloon. That's how it works with placentas, too, as the uterus expands during pregnancy.
WRT Hypnobabies, I would go back to Learning Self-Hypnosis (I think that's Week 2 of the home study) for at least a couple of days and practice your basic lightswitch. Then move on to the next week (resuming alternating with Deepening). As others have already mentioned, you may want to look into the Cesarean Birthing set if a c-section looks likely:
I hope your placenta does move and that you can still have a vaginal birth.
Thanks everyone. I am going to go back to the learning self hypnosis, since I am pretty comfortable with the first weeks lessons.
I spoke to my acupuncturist and she is still really positive that my placenta will move out of the way in time. They will monitor me and probably let me go until 36-37 weeks planning for a vaginal birth if things don't change either way. Acupuncture always helps with my anxiety too so that's good.
Even if it does move, you should ask them to do a vasa previa scan.
Don't know about the hypnobabies though )
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