Remember how much I hate being pregnant? That post sure stirred up a lively response! Fortunately I am nearing the end of the road with just a month left to go. And I truly can not wait to meet this little girl. I just wish she wasn’t upside down!
That’s right – this baby is breech. Which explains all that kicking to my bladder. And also puts a wrinkle in my plans for a fast recovery.
I know a C-section isn’t the end of the world – and of course I am happy to do whatever is best for the baby. But having had a regular birth the first time I was really looking forward to knowing what to expect and doing things the old fashioned way (if old fashioned means being induced after a heavy epidural).
So now I am trying to get her to flip on her own. Posing on hands and knees and using acupuncture and moxibustion to try to get the baby to turn. So far, no dice. I have also read about playing music and shining a flashlight down by my vagina, which sounds even more absurd than burning these sticks of charcoal by my feet every night.
The next step is an External Cephalic Version which I understand to be extremely painful and only moderately successful. I saw this fun exercise on a recent episode of Call The Midwife and it looks pretty excruciating.
If it does come down to a C-section, my main concerns are:
That said, I suppose there is always a silver lining:
Right now I feel like my odds of a C-section are about 50%. There is still time for the baby to flip and for treatments to work. And, honestly, at this point I will just be so happy to have the baby out I won’t care if she comes out of my ear.
Did your baby flip? Flip and then flip back? Come out of your vagina sideways? Do share!