Sorry ladies that I didn't update yesterday. I was having a hard day and it all started at my appointment. My baby is still breech. Last week the baby was transverse and yesterday the baby's head was up in my ribs. I broke down when I found that out. I had to bring my 3 kids with me and they did pretty well, being as patient as they could...but they were obviously concerned when I started crying.
The midwife that I saw was one of the others in the practice and I didn't care for her at all. (My regular midwife is on vacation all week) She didn't seem like she knew what she was doing, didn't seem very knowledgeable or have very much confidence. When she couldn't figure out the position of the baby, she brought in their ultrasound machine, and still couldn't find the position of the head. So she had to call in the other midwife and she found the head right away up in my rib area.
Because baby is still breech they scheduled my external version for next week Wednesday when I am exactly 39 weeks. I really hope it doesn't come to that but if I do have to do that, I hope its successful to flip baby and it doesn't cause the baby any problems or they will do an emergency c section right then and there.
I was heartbroken and it was hard to digest all of this. When we got out to the car, I just sat and cried. Then I called my cousin who is a midwife and is willing to do a breech home birth for me with a breech specialist lay midwife if it came to that, and we talked and she asked me if I was coming up to my cousins wedding today....I wasn't planning on going to the reception but she said I could ride with her and if I came up she would work with me to see if we could do some things to try and flip baby.
After that, we went to my uncle who is a chiropractor and he did some adjustments and things on me and also gave me some supplements that he thinks will help. The rest of the day was spent with me trying to get an emotional grip on the situation and I was feeling pretty down all day.
I am now up at my aunt and uncles place and I already spent a good hour with my cousin working to flip the baby. DH was nice enough to keep the kids at home with him so I didn't have to bring them with, so I am getting a day off from the kids....which is kind of nice but also very weird. Not used to not having my kids with me. My cousin started trying to do her own version of a version and has managed to massage the baby around from head by my ribs, to head by my right side again. Then she did the Robozo technique for a bit. I am now sitting here taking a break with an ice pack by the baby's head to try and encourage baby to move away from the cold and move down some more. We are going to try again in a while and see if we can keep guiding baby to the right area.
I am still feeling discouraged but am trying to remain positive and hope that we are successful in our efforts. Anyway, that is what is going on with me. Hope I have better news to update soon.
Oh Kima what a day you must have had! I think anyone in your position would have broken down too. It's so frustrating to work so hard and feel like you're not getting anywhere. I really hope that the day away from the kids and the techniques your cousin / uncle have tried will help baby move head down. You're doing an awesome job with all of this. Thinking of you!
If for some reason it comes to doing an external version, I hope that just gets baby to think "oh this is so much easier!" and doesn't cause any issues.
Oh and I have also heard great things about milk savers. I really want to try them with this new baby as I leaked all.the.time with DD.
I really hope your baby turns on its own! And I'm sorry you didn't like the other mw. Does the baby like light at all? I've heard that sometimes babies will move a little at a time chasing the glow from a flashlight pressed against the belly.
DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13
Sorry you are feeling so down, though can understand the frustration. I hope that yoru day away from the kids and help from your cousin helps and that we have some good news. Best of luck and keep it up!
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I'm so sorry. That is hard news to digest and very frustrating, but hopefully all the things you are doing will pay off and baby will turn for you. I know sometimes they turn at the very last minute so hopefully baby will decide head down is a much more comfortable position. (((HUGS))) Keep us posted.
Don't know why my last post is in one big paragraph. I tried to break it up for easier reading but it wouldn't work. Sorry about that.
Edited the above post and posted it below so its easier to read now.
Okay ladies...I am hesitant to post this as I am afraid I will jinx it or cause baby to not cooperate again...but as of last night MY BABY IS HEAD DOWN!!!
Last night before the reception my cousin worked on me some more and tried to gently coax/massage baby down the rest of the way. It didn't take as long and near the end the baby moved into position more by him/herself...she told me to wear some type of belly band or bind my stomach as that would help pull my stomach in and up how it should be and make it easier for baby to settle in to the proper position without flipping again.
So that evening I was nervous as I didn't have my band with me and so when she gave me a ride home last night, she checked baby's position one last time. And baby was still head down. She used her dopple to listen to baby's heart tones throughout also to make sure baby was not distressed, and when she checked when baby was head down, the heart tones were very low and right down there...so we know it as the baby's head and not the bottom...so that was a nice confirmation.
When she checked baby's position at my house it took her a minute to find the heartbeat, but it was because baby's head dropped even more from where it was before so that is good news also. So as soon as I got home I put on my belt thing and have been wearing it ever since. Will wear it when I sleep even, as I don't want any chances of baby moving up again and flipping.
DH is nervous as am I...that until I go to my appt. next week and get verification from my regular midwife and have the chance to see for sure that baby is still head down at that point, we will be nervous I think. If baby is still head down, we can cancel the hospital version they have scheduled. And then I can just hope to go into labor any time if baby stays put.
I hope I go into labor very soon so there is no chance of anything changing. I am just so nervous that baby will move but so far it feels like baby is the same way. I am feeling mostly all movement up above more from baby moving legs and things. Nothing sideways anymore like I was.
My midwife comes back from her vacation on Sunday, so anytime after Sunday would be a great time to have this baby. I will be praying daily that baby stays put and the only change in position is from baby dropping and engaging down to get ready for labor.
Anyway, that's my good news and update for the day! I was gone all day yesterday so it was wonderful to be reunited with my kids today. I was sound asleep this morning and when they woke up they came and woke me up and smothered me with hugs and kisses. So today has been a low key day just playing with them and relaxing.
Prayers that baby stays put and labor starts soon so I can have this baby naturally and vaginally would be much appreciated. I am just so happy about this turn of events!!!!!
I also wanted to add that I am so very grateful for all of your kind words, thoughts, encouragement, etc. to me through all this. It means a lot. Now we just need to send baby vibes to stay put until he/she is born. Don't want baby going breech again!
Yay for head down! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!
DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13