A few days ago, baby started to feel ‘different’. I started to feel ‘tap dancing’ on my cervix again, and I felt what seemed like a big knobby head jutting out of my side. Yesterday, I went to my OB for my weekly appointment and I mentioned this to him. He offered to do an ultrasound and measurement scan to check the positioning, and we were both kind of baffled that between 38 and 39 weeks, this little bugger managed to get himself in footling breech position. Like, both of his feet are down in my pelvis and his head is hanging out on top. OF COURSE.
Doctor said there’s a few options. The first is that he can try an external version, where he manually would turn the baby on the outside of my abdomen. It’s ridiculously painful apparently, and he explained the risks. The first (and most harmless) risk would be putting me into labor right there. The more difficult risks would be cord wrapping around baby’s neck, placenta separating from my uterus, or cord prolapse – all of which would cause an emergency c-section. At 39 weeks, it also has less than a 50% chance of actually working to turn the baby.
Second option – we wait and see if he turns himself by next week. If he does – great! We continue waiting for regular labor to begin and continue on the normal path. If he doesn’t, we schedule a c-section at 40 weeks, or next weekend. In the meantime, he gave me positions to try, told me to go to the Spinning Babies website, and said I could try the chiropractor for the Bradley Method. Chiro is out of the question for me – I’m terrified of them. I know a lot of people have great luck with them, but most everyone I know has a horror story, I’ve never been to one, and I don’t want to start now. So I’m going to pass on that option. So we’re in the waiting game. Baby has until Tuesday or so to turn.
To be honest, I’m kind of okay with the idea of a scheduled c-section. I know it’s not ‘ideal’, and it’s not the beautiful natural birth that many people hope for. I’m also well aware of all the risks of a major abdominal surgery, and I’d be a bit bummed out at never experiencing contractions. It’s also less than ideal because it’s harder to breastfeed, longer recovery time, less immediate skin-to-skin, and so on. But to be honest, I’m utterly terrified of vaginal birth anyway. I was planning to go the epidural route, I’m scared of the tearing and the healing. I’m okay with pain anywhere on my body, but vaginal pain scares me and sends me into a panic attack. I know this isn’t very crunchy of me to say, but I’m almost relieved about the idea of getting a c-section. Is that weird?
My doctor is super crunchy and does a natural c-section where he allows immediate skin-to-skin and tries to mimic a vaginal birth as much as possible. It doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world. But I just think it’s fascinating that my little bugger decided to flip this late, when he’s been HEAD DOWN this whole time! I know he could still flip back, but he feels pretty wedged in there the wrong way right now. We’re going to be in for some fun with this little guy, I can already tell…..---------------
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