Wednesday, December 7, 2011

About to Get Nutty Around Here

Things are about to get really nutty, and I expect I won't be able to post to the blog too much in the next 6-8 weeks (though I will still try to get some content here!).  So here's a quick update to keep you going.

I've been trying to get as much done for school as possible before baby arrives, but there have been a few factors making this difficult.  The main thing is that baby is still in breech position, meaning its head is up instead of down where it should be.  Traditionally, this has meant an automatic c-section, which is something I desperately don't want for a number of complex reasons I can't fully articulate here.  Fortunately, safe, regular breech deliveries are starting to come back into fashion, and there is a chance that if baby doesn't turn in time I could still avoid the surgery.

But, of course, the best outcome of all would be to get baby to turn and not have to make the tough decision on what to do when labour hits.  We've been trying a few things, from the Webster technique to various inversions.  We even had an ECV yesterday, where the doctor tries to manually turn the baby from the outside.  That was unsuccessful, but we are planning to try again next week and continuing doing everything we can, no matter how silly it seems.

So that's going to be consuming my attention for the next little while.  I will still try to be optimistic about getting more done for school, but there may be a point I have to just throw in the towel.  I'd be disappointed, but ok with this.  You can only do what you can do, right?


Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

I went through that -- flashlights, Dad talking to the baby, even the Webster technique and acupuncture (which is really odd and involves burning a special kind of incense...). I honestly think that the chiropractic would have worked -- she tried to turn herself around after that. But we waited too long and she was too big, so in the end we did have a C-section (we couldn't try for a delivery for various reasons).

I will say, the chiropracter we were sent to (by a friend's midwife) in a nearby city was known as "The Baby Whisperer" (and used lots of various techniques, not just chiropractic) and while she didn't succeed in turning my daughter, she profoundly impacted my whole family in a positive way that changed our lives. One of the best experiences of my life, though I had to be VERY open minded!!!

Best wishes for you and your about-to-be baby!


Gail Carmichael said...

Sorry to hear you were never able to turn baby. :( But glad to hear that your experience with your chiropractor was a good one! :D

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