So, guess what? My baby is breech now. ?? What's up with that? Apparently, being so long and tall and with still pretty tight abs (from being a dancer, no doubt), I seem have a lot more vertical room in there than the "average" woman, therefore making it a little more difficult for the baby to somersault or lay transverse, and a little easier for the baby to just settle in at whatever vertical position he/she was already in...which in this case was breech. Since I got confirmation of the position on Thursday, I'm now pretty sure the baby has been breech for at least a couple of weeks, as the baby has definitely been laying in the same position for a long while now. I just think it was difficult to discern a bottom from a head and so we were thinking the baby was head-down.
So, I've been trying every possible at-home maneuver to get that little noodle to turn, but I can only get to a vague sort of transverse position at most. It's really kind of an "oblique" position, but instead of having a hard little head against my pelvis bone, I have a hard little head banging against my right ribcage.
Did I mention that it's a hard little head?
Luckily, though, the baby is NOT yet engaged in my pelvis due to the aforementioned space in my womb, so, in an effort to attempt to get the baby head-down, we've decided to try an External Cephalic Version (ECV) on Friday morning, provided we can't get the kid to turn naturally before then. I'm pretty staunchly against most medical intervention, but considering I'll be 38 weeks, and nobody around here will deliver a breech baby vaginally without me driving 3 hours to Dallas to get to the possible 2 OBs who might be willing to do the delivery, I'd rather try this external massage to get the kidlet to turn and just pray it all works out ok.
So wish me luck and send up your prayers for me this week. I want to avoid the ECV if I can, but if I can't, please pray everything turns out fine. Of course, ECV poses its own risks -- which I understand are small, but necessary to prepare mentally for -- like going into labor earlier than usual, or it not working and having a c-section anyway, or being just traumatic enough to distress the baby and cause me to have an emergency c-section. We went ahead and got our car seat this weekend, just in case we end up with a babe in arms next week.
Wouldn't that be wild!
Hee hee! But seriously, even though I can't believe I'm saying it, I hope I stay pregnant a few more weeks, so both my body and baby ripen up on their own.
I can't complain too much -- it's been an easy pregnancy and our baby seems to be healthy and strong...so I'm thankful for that. I hope everyone out there in blog-land is doing good! All you expectant moms: be sure and take care of yourselves! :)
Love and blessings to all,