Lots of good things are happening. I’m 33 weeks pregnant now and feeling good. My job is wrapping up and I’ve had time to obsessively clean and throw things away in accordance with my nesting instincts. My husband is opening his own real estate and family law practice in about a month! And.. I found out Tuesday that this baby is no longer in position to be born naturally.
One evening last week, I was lying on my bed when I felt the baby do some major moving. I never know which hard lump is which body part. I didn’t give it much thought, but apparently he changed from his proper head-down position to transverse, or sideways across my uterus. My midwives told me this at my exam on Tuesday.
I got a typed sheet of suggestions on things I can do to help baby get back to where he needs to be before I go into labor. This is similar to breech position, which of course I had heard of before. So, I did pelvic rocks. I tried to reason with him. I visualized babies with their heads down and looked at pictures. I had to find a new chiropractor who was trained in the Webster technique for helping babies to turn around. The technique has shown a success rate of 82% in getting babies to present head-down, so it was a no-brainer. That was interesting.
I’m optimistic and everything, but the clock is ticking. So I had to get an appointment ASAP. My regular chiropractor, who I’ve seen a couple of times recently for hip pain, is not trained in this technique. I called two places my midwife had recommended and got an appointment the next day.
The chiropractic appointment was very thorough, uncomfortable (involving stretching out ligaments in the belly area) and expensive (What do you mean you’re not in network for Horizon!). Very nice people, though. I am going back on Monday evening before seeing the midwife on Tuesday to check baby’s hopefully improved position.
Hugo had to come with me to the chiropractor. He was incredibly good, considering we were there for almost two hours. Unfortunately, he pooped in his diaper about an hour into the appointment and I had no supplies on me. That poor little office probably still stinks.
I’m still shining a light down low on my belly and my husband, Hugo and I are all trying to convince him to put his head down. Did you know that transverse position only occurs in 1 out of 2,500 births? I was just told I should go play the lottery.