Ok so a little update after my last post...
First of all, thank you so much for all the comments, emails and text messages I received in response to my last post. You guys are the best!
This morning I was booked in the delivery room for the Ob-Gyn to attempt to manually turn the baby (called an external cephalic version, or an ECV). I was crazy nervous and didn't actually expect it to work.... BUT IT DID!!! It worked!!!
There's still a chance that the baby will turn back to breech position, but here's hoping all stays well!!
I decided to put all the chances for success on my side, so I booked myself a 1 hour prenatal massage last night so that I could be as relaxed as possible before the ECV (thanks, mom, for encouraging me to do that!). The massage therapist was amazing and taught me some great visualization techniques to use during the version.
And last night I lay in bed and talked with the baby....
I explained to him out loud that we would be trying to help him turn into a head-down position, and that we needed his help in order to succeed. But if for any reason this new position was dangerous or uncomfortable for him he could let us know, refuse to turn, or turn himself back. I really think he was listening.
So this morning I entered the hospital feeling relaxed, still nervous, but confident.
We started with some basic fetal monitoring and then an ultrasound. The Ob-Gyn said I had the minimum (but still normal) amount of amniotic fluid, so that would be working against us. But since it was a small baby, and my second baby, it was still worth a try.
The actually version was definitely uncomfortable... more than I anticipated. They tried twice. The first time was unsuccessful - I was shocked by how
On the second attempt, I regrouped, closed my eyes and focused on my breathing. I kept visualizing there being tons of SPACE inside me for my baby to turn, and I took very slow, deep breaths. About 20 seconds later I heard the doctor say, "ok the head is down", and I opened my eyes in disbelief! I had barely felt a change at all! I must have been really focused internally because the nurse told me later that it had been so cool to watch my entire belly changing shape as the baby's body turned 180 degrees.
After the version, they monitor the fetal heart rate tracing for about an hour, to make sure everything is ok with the baby in his new position... it was mostly ok but my little guy wasn't having enough heart beat accelerations to be completely reassuring. I figure he was stunned by the whole procedure and fell into a deep sleep. After about 2 hours they told me to take a break and go get something to eat and then come back for a reassessment. This sounded right to me because I was STARVING by this point. And after a delicious sandwich and a smoothie, my little head-down baby was awake and active again, and I was finally discharged home. Hooray!!
So this is all good news, of course, but me being me, I now have new worries on my mind.... what if there was a reason (like a short cord or a cord around his neck) that was preventing him from turning naturally, and now that I've gone and forced him into the "right" position he's going to suffer. Or what if he turns back and I don't notice? etc etc. I'm neurotic, really!
Neuroses and nervousness aside, I am really happy I decided to try the ECV. I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you have a breech baby yourself (especially if it's your second baby). I guess I'll only be able to fully recommend it if it works in the long run.... if I get my uncomplicated vaginal delivery that I am so hoping for.
But for now, I will revel in my success. I feel like we all really worked as a team, the medical staff, myself, and my little baby, and that's the real reason it worked.
Thanks again for all your support this week. It really meant a lot to me.
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