After finding out Sweet Pea was breech at the 38-week appointment, Kevin and I decided to hold off on doing an external version. We successfully moved our baby head down at 35 weeks, and as I have higher amounts of amniotic fluid than normal, we figured we had a good shot at doing this again naturally.
I immediately scheduled appointments with a chiropractor known as the best at flipping babies in Charlotte, and also made a visit to my acupuncturist again for another round of moxibustion.
I brought back all my tricks from last time and hoped for the best.
It kind of worked.
My 39-week appointment on Monday revealed that Sweet Pea was no longer breech, but transverse. Instead of hanging her head by my upper right rib, she had made her way to the left of my belly button.
My midwife was encouraged to see this and said we’ll likely be successful if we attempt a version this week at the hospital.
This quote found online also gives me hope that Sweet Pea is headed in the right direction.
“After 32-34 weeks, I am quite concerned to find a transverse baby – except when the baby was breech recently and is now in process of flipping to head down. The breech-to-head-down process may take 3 days (but is often 3 minutes!) and a mother or provider may notice the baby in a transverse position in the midst of the change. Usually, the mother knows the baby is ‘on the move.'” – spinningbabies.com
Following Monday’s appointment, I headed back to the chiropractor and immediately followed it with a moxibustion appointment.
Our version is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon and I really hope that we’ll find Sweet Pea already head down and can leave. If that’s the case, you can bet I’m going to walk my heart out and squat like there’s no tomorrow to get this baby locked and loaded.
I’m not thrilled with the medications given during an external version, and there are other risks involved like fetal distress, and in rarer cases, placental or uterine rupture. If a serious problem occurs, we’ll need an immediate c-section.
I can’t eat or drink anything for eight hours before the version either. I’ve just realized that it’s actually longer than 8 hours as I won’t be able to eat until after it’s completed anyway.
As I normally eat breakfast (maybe twice), plus lunch and usually an afternoon snack all by 1pm, I am a very hungry and hormonal pregnant lady right now. Kevin is a saint for working from home today.
We leave for the hospital within the hour. Let’s hope we come back with a head-down baby Sweet Pea!
Weight Gain: .5 pounds this week. Weight gain is definitely slowing down now.
Size of Sweet Pea: Watermelon!
Sleep: I’ve been waking around 3:30AM for the past few days. I can usually fall back asleep by 6, but sleep is getting so difficult.
Toes: A gender-neutral green, of course.