Glad you got lots of rest today - you needed it! Now if only I could take my own advice and rest... LOL
Great news! I got my GBS results back today and they were negative. That has me very happy! No antibiotics or concerns about getting something in me before baby is born. Maybe I can have another labor like DD1...show up at the hospital 30 minutes before I need to start pushing, have the baby and be done quickly.
When my midwife called me today to give me the results, we talked for a minute about the NSTs and she is fine with me declining them for now. She said I am just barely over the cut off for the amniotic fluid so its not as huge a deal either. So for right now, we will just have my regular weekly checks and I think everything will be ok.
Finally home again after being out for several hours...went to the park and met up with my sister and her kids, then went to lunch with them. After we said our goodbyes (they are heading back to CA tomorrow)...the kids and I headed to my grandma and grandpas house to visit them. They are getting old and tired and in a lot of pain, so I don't know how much longer they will be here...but I don't get a chance to often visit them, so since we were in the area today we visited them. That was nice.
Finally home. Going to put my feet up for a bit and then get some housework done and start working on my hospital bag. I have also been having more braxton hicks the last several days. And today some of them were much more intense than the previous ones.
Forgot to mention that my birth buddy from the August board had her twins today. She was only a little over 35 weeks and her water broke Sunday night...but they let her do her thing and although they gave her pitocin to help dilate quicker, she was able to have the vaginal birth that she wanted. So that was awesome that they didn't force a c section on her. I am so excited for her!
Yay for being GBS negative!! And yay for not having to have NSTs! I hope you were able to put your feet up for a bit.
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
It really is a great feeling to be GBS negative. I was negative with my first two also, just positive for my last one.
Heading out to my 37 week appt. in a few minutes. It will be great to hear the heartbeat again. That never gets old. And I am sure my midwife will check me as she is going on vacation this Sunday. I will have to see another midwife at my appt. next week. Just hope I don't have the baby while she is gone.
I am so glad I am finally 37 weeks...its a huge relief to know baby is full term and if I have him/her anytime from here on out, he/she will be ok.
I will update again after my appointment.
I am pretty upset right now. Got back from my 37 week appointment a little while ago and have been crying off and on since. The baby is okay, but the baby is now breech. I am so worried about this. The baby has been head down the past several weeks, so this is a shocker for me. Baby is currently transverse, so sideways.
My midwife basically told me that we want to try and get the baby to flip naturally by me doing some things at home, and if that doesn't work...I will go into labor and delivery and she and the head OB will try an external version...where they attempt to manually flip the baby.
If that doesn't work, or if it distresses the baby....I will have to have a c section. I do NOT want a c section. I know that c sections are often times necessary, especially if its an emergency and baby and or/mom is in danger...but I feel like for me its the most unnatural thing I could have and now I feel like everything I wanted for this birth and baby is falling apart.
My midwifes office called me back after I got home and told me a few things I could do is either physical therapy or yoga. So I called my aunt who is a yoga instructor and she gave me a position that I could try.
I also called my cousin who is a midwife and talked to her and she recommended I check out the website spinningbabies.com so I intend to do that asap. I also talked to her about whether or not she does breech births and she said she has done a few, but that she couldn't do it unless she was supervising an un licensed midwife who specializes in breech births. I asked her how much they would charge, and she said the midwife she has in mind works with her but is great at breech births, and she could work something out with her...like a trade, so I wouldn't have to pay her. And my cousin normally charges about $2600 but for family she only charges for supplies...and if I have all my appts. and blood work done already, then supplies is only about $200 or so.
So we could definitely afford it if we decided to go that route. The problem is DH. I don't think he would agree to that. He would want me to get the c section cause he thinks it is safer and he thinks a breech birth is too risky. If I had to choose between the two, I would pick a home breech birth over a c section any day.
Anyway, I am very emotional about all this and any advice or thoughts I can get from you lovely ladies would be much appreciated. Thank you for listening.
First of all I think that you have written very well and clearly what you have been told.
Re-read what you have written calmly:
Thenwe want to try and get the baby to flip naturally by me doing some things at home
And so you have been given some very good options. Concentrate on those and on Spinning Babies techniques.if that doesn't work...I will go into labor and delivery and she and the head OB will try an external version
Certainly do not panic and concentrate on the what you consider the worst possibilities! That is of no value! Please don't allow yourself to feel that "everything I wanted for this birth and baby is falling apart". You have not even begun the options suggested yet. Besides, baby has plenty of time to flip again even without techniques.
Consider how fortunate you are to have your aunt and cousin available to you for yoga and midwife assistance -not to mention the financial benefits!
Then consider having your DH speak to the midwife. Tell him to listen to her with an open heart and to consider your well informed wishes. I believe that research and facts from you will impress Olivier more than panic.
Deep down, I expect baby will rule...and flip in time.
Ivy, Leo and Forrest - May 2013
Thank you so much for your reply and advice. I wrote my earlier post soon after getting home and was still very upset with the worst possible outcome fresh in my mind.
Since then I have looked at the spinning babies website and gotten some words of encouragement from family members. I am still worried but I am going to try and be positive about it all and do whatever I can to help baby get in the right position.
I already have a slant board that DH picked up from my sister a little while ago that I will lay on every day, and I am going to try some of the techniques like the forward leaning inversion and breech tilt daily also.
I am also going to have some time each day to just talk to my baby because I believe baby will hear me and hope that if we both have the right attitude that baby will rule and flip like you said.
I pray that all will work out. When reading up on why babies flip to breech position, one of the things it said was excessive amniotic fluid...and since that is my case I bet that is why the baby flipped. I just hope and pray that the excessive fluid won't prevent baby from going head down and cause baby to just float...I hope baby will flip again and stay that way this time. Its also frustrating that because there is no weight or pressure from baby on my cervix that it is still so high up and closed. I really hope things get better with positioning very soon so I can start to dilate more and go into labor on my own once baby is in the right position.
I better get busy with these techniques cause I really hope baby will be head down by my next appt. next week.