As I said in my 34 week update yesterday, as of last Friday Baby B was breech/transverse. While this isn’t a HUGE concern yet, I am definitely feeling a little anxious about it. I looked back on my belly updates with Em and realized though that Em’s position wasn’t even mentioned to me until 36 weeks when I had my first “check” since we were moving. My doctor also hasn’t expressed too much concern yet since he sees babies flip up until labor all the time. He would be more concerned if she never moved from the same position as that can indicate that there is a reason she isn’t going on head down (IE: cord issue) but since she is all over the place he doesn’t see that being the case here.
That being said, I am still doing everything I can to help ensure that little B makes her way into the optimal birthing position.
Some of the things that I have been doing include:
- The forward leaning inversion – I found this on spinningbabies.com and do it several times a day.
- Breech Tilt – also from Spinning Babies. I do this in the living room while Em watches a show.
- Ice packs on the top of my uterus – thought is baby doesn’t want their head near the cold
- Rocking on all fours
- Visualizing her turning
My plan from here is to continue what I am doing (just omitting the breech tilts if I feel like she has gone head down) and see where we are at at my 36 weeks appointment. Then, if she is still breech, I plan on seeing a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster technique and maybe acupuncture.
Worst case scenario? My OB thinks an ECV (external cephalic version) has a good chance of being successful since B is obviously moving all around. He suggested trying it at 39 weeks, if it’s successful inducing right then to ensure that she stays head down.
That’s our plan! I feel like B has gone head down periodically over the last few days based on where I feel kicks and hiccups. However, I have no clue how to belly map and really your guess is as good as mine as to where she is. Haha. I am trying not to worry about it (failing) at this point since a lot of babies don’t turn until between 34-36 weeks. I feel like I have TOO much information at this point that is causing unnecessary worry since I have had so many ultrasounds. Sigh.
When did your baby turn head down? Any successful techniques for breech babies you have tried?