Throughout my pregnancy journey I made sure I avoided all the foods that were on the do not eat list, took my prenatal vitamins, cut out coffee, exercised and drank water like it was going out of style, even paid extra attention to getting my adequate amount of fruit, veggies and greens.
In my mind I had always fashioned my idea of how delivery would be (like the movies of course LOL). I had high hopes on going into labor and trying to deliver naturally without any help of sedation or medication. My husband and I went to every OB appointment together (yes he’s absolutely amazing) – we even attended a special appointment through our OB where we would meet with other expecting parents in a two hour session that went over everything from nutrition to taking care of the babies needs to post partum.
We went so far as signing up for an all day (eight hour class) through the hospital, I would be delivering at, that went through every delivery scenario step-by-step, in more detail than I even cared to see. I remember like it was yesterday when the class got to the c-section part I pretty much spaced out and thought there’s no way that would happen to me.
Just four short weeks later at the routine 36 week check up they did the pelvic exam – feeling for her little feet and decided that we should probably get an ultrasound.
Surely enough the ultrasound revealed that my baby girl was lying breech (frank), which at this point the baby typically descends into birthing position (head down).
I felt the tears welling up in my eyes and panic mode setting in, my dream delivery that I always imagined was being shattered right before my eyes. Although I completely agree that the health of the baby comes absolutely first I felt like a failure.
Was it something I had done?
Was it the way I have been sitting?
All these questions racing through my mind. Could I have done something different?
That evening my husband and I went home and immediately started researching “how to flip a breech baby”.
Here a few things we tried
Bouncing on a yoga ball
Doing handstands in the swimming pool
Applying cold packs to the belly to coax movement
Shining a flashlight down by the pubic area to encourage the child to follow the light
Over the course of the next few weeks we tried everything and each week getting closer to the due date she wasn’t budging.
Two weeks later at our 38 week appointment they suggested we schedule the c-section at 39 weeks. I went against the doctors orders and told them to let her bake until full term.
We scheduled it for 40 weeks and 1 day – which also happened to be our 9 year dating anniversary, on 12-7-16 we had a healthy baby girl!!! We’re so in love!