I really didn’t think it was going to happen.
I spent weeks doing everything and anything I could think of to get Sweet Pea to go head down.
I joined the Y just so I could do somersaults and headstands in the water. I tried moxibustion – an acupuncture technique that literally involves lighting your foot on fire. I searched all over the internet to find ways to get a baby to flip, read the message boards, and if it worked for one you can bet I was going to try it too.
My 35-week appointment arrived and I mentally prepared myself that the baby was still breech. After listening to the heartbeat and measuring fundal height, my midwife Sage was fairly certain she could feel a head hanging by my lower left pelvis area. She tried to confirm with a cervical exam, but because mine was still closed, I was sent off to the ultrasound room.
You better believe that foot is pointing up and giving my ribs a good kick these days.
Baby Sweet Pea is HEAD DOWN!
I think the ultrasound tech was a bit surprised to see me get so emotional, but I couldn’t help myself. After discovering that I have a heart-shaped uterus and learning that more than 50% of women with this type of uterus have a breech baby (compared to the 3-4% that occurs in all deliveries) this has weighed on me the entire pregnancy.
While I still know that anything can happen and Sweet Pea could still find herself somehow head up on delivery day, it makes me happy to know that at least she is capable of going head down. And it’s a much nicer feeling to hold on to than to think that baby will never go head down, no matter what I do.
As for Sweet Pea, she is enjoying her southern stay in womb-land, measuring about 20 inches in length and weighing about 5 ½ pounds. She’s about finished growing length-wise, but will continue to pack on the pounds until delivery. (source, source)
While I’m beyond ecstatic that Sweet Pea is head down, I’m now ready to concentrate on a new task – to get this baby out of me!
Just about five more weeks to go.
Total Weight Gain: 2 more pounds! Now at 28 total.
Gender Ideas: Well … last week Kevin dreamed that the baby was a girl. This week he had a full-on labor dream aaaand it was a boy. We are clueless. Where is this mother’s intuition they talk about!?
Delivery Day Predictions: I’m just going to put it out there and say July 18. It’s 6 days earlier than my estimated due date (July 24) and while most first-time moms are pregnant for 40+ weeks, I just have a feeling about this one …
Symptoms: Tons of pelvic pressure and sleep is hit or miss. Thankfully, if I sleep poorly one night, I’ll usually make up for it and sleep well the next night.