The other day I started to panic because my baby stopped moving. She’s never been a big kicker and I don’t hear that much from her most days, but she went from a little movement to nothing at all.
I phoned my OB and went in to make sure she was just playing quietly in there.
(Before I continue, I must say that I do very much like my doctor. He did an amazing job delivering Julia, and I am very thankful to have him… even if he frustrates me sometimes.)
Thankfully, he quickly found her heartbeat and reported that the reason I couldn’t feel her movement was because she had moved herself into a breech position.
I was so relieved she was still alive, but I moaned… oh no, I don’t want a C-section.
My doctor, with all the quick answers, simply informed me that I wasn’t to worry, he’d do an external version. Within a minute I was at the receptionist’s desk signing releases and booking this not-so-fun procedure to take place in less than a week.
Stunned, I stumbled out of the office and began to collect my thoughts.
Julia also had been breech at this same time – 35 weeks. At that time, the same doctor had recommended I not do an external version and instead elect a C-section. Thankfully, Julia at 38 weeks flipped herself around and we avoided the knife.
I pondered the situation. Hmmm… Julia moved on her own… maybe her little sister will too?
I went home and did some googling. Sure enough there were lots of suggestions — most of which would have sent Dr. Quick Answer’s eyes rolling — about natural tricks to encouraging a breech baby to get her own little body moved into blastoff position.
That night I spent some time on all fours with my rear in the air and I did some gentle massaging and encouraging baby to move.
And can you believe it?
Today I went for an ultrasound and my good little girl had listened to her mommy and moved herself out of her breech position. Now, I don’t know if she’ll stay with her head correctly nestled above my bladder, but at least for now we can cancel our appointment for that external version. Yippee!
So how about you?
Have you ever had a breech baby? Did you get baby to move or did you have to have a C-section? Or did you actually naturally deliver a breech baby? (My husband was breech and he broke his arm on his way through his momma’s birth canal.) I don’t think I’d be brave enough to attempt a natural delivery for a breech baby… but what about you?