Nothing fits. I’m 48 days away from my due date and I’ve had to put aside most of my maternity clothes. I cannot bear the feeling of my waistband or button irritating my lower belly. I don’t think it’s fair to poke me somewhere I can’t see. Now I just need a friend to get pregnant so I can start handing off all my cute maternity stuff, shortly to be followed by lots of adorable baby gear. I’ll probably save a few very favorite kiddie outfits just in case China ever happens, but we’re shutting down baby making in the St. Boggess household — surgically, so no backsies. There was a time I thought I’d never have one baby, much less two. I’m grateful for all the hard work my body has done and have no reservations about sending my uterus into honorable retirement.

Bad news is bebeh is breech. I’m going to pursue all reasonable avenues to get him turned around. That, for me, is acupuncture (moxibustion) plus any other home remedies that are a) free and b) painless. I’ll at least consider a version if nothing else works, but I already know I’m not a great candidate. I’m both short and narrowly built, so not a lot of room to maneuver. We had a frank breech on ultrasound last week, but I know sometimes his legs are down — it feels like someone dragging a knuckle down the inside of my belly.

In the meantime, I’m trying to make peace with the possibility of a surgical birth. Trying. It would be such a waste, such a shame. I have a million anxieties about a c-section, most of which you can probably guess. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

So much more to say, but I just noticed the time. Bed. More later.

Advertisements

34 responses to this post.

  1. 48 days is a long time to make something happen. I could do that chicken bone dance, if you want.

    Reply

  2. 48 days is a long time to make something happen. I could do that chicken bone dance, if you want.

    Reply

  3. It’s too early to be worrying about positioning. You’ve still got nearly six (my math skills fail, nearly seven!) weeks to go. Don’t make peace w/ surgical birth quite yet — affirmations/visualization about the baby turning have actually been shown to increase the odds of baby turning, possibly because they make you subconsciously relax the right muscles. Also, if you’re not going swimming regularly, start, and if you don’t have a birth ball, get one and sit on it (and only it, no squishy sofas!) at home whenever you can.

    Reply

  4. It’s too early to be worrying about positioning. You’ve still got nearly six (my math skills fail, nearly seven!) weeks to go. Don’t make peace w/ surgical birth quite yet — affirmations/visualization about the baby turning have actually been shown to increase the odds of baby turning, possibly because they make you subconsciously relax the right muscles. Also, if you’re not going swimming regularly, start, and if you don’t have a birth ball, get one and sit on it (and only it, no squishy sofas!) at home whenever you can.

    Reply

    • Oh, I’m far from surrendering to the idea. I’ve got an acupuncture/moxibustion consult set up. And I’ve got quite the collection of “turn” “spin” and “flip” songs that I’ve been singing to the baby.
      But why no squishy sofa? Seriously, that’s breaking my heart. I LIVE for my super-comfy couch these days.

      Reply

      • You want to keep your back straights and your knees level to or below your pelvis, not above it. Bad posture (and squishy sofas, alas, encourage bad posture) is more likely to put/keep a baby breech or posterior. Have you checked out the spinningbabies.com site? They have lots of pointers.

      • I’m so sad. My poor achy hips love the soft couch and I spend almost all my sitting time with my knees above my pelvis. I always have. I’m never comfortable with my feet on the floor.
        I’ll do whatever helps/works. I just don’t want to in this case.

      • Try a birth ball. I had serious hip pain and sitting on one of those for a while, rolling my pelvis around, helped so much. Are you doing pelvic rocks? Those not only help w/ the hip pain, but facilitate proper positioning.
        If you’ve got to do some squishy couch sitting for your own health, just try to balance it out with some time doing more positioning friendly stuff.

  5. I have great hopes that you don’t have a breech baby. Having gone through both a c-section and a VBAC, I know that recovery from a c-section isn’t the end of the world. (It’s not exactly fun either!) I’ll add you to my prayers that things work out that the baby gets in line so you don’t have a painful recovery!

    Reply

  6. I have great hopes that you don’t have a breech baby. Having gone through both a c-section and a VBAC, I know that recovery from a c-section isn’t the end of the world. (It’s not exactly fun either!) I’ll add you to my prayers that things work out that the baby gets in line so you don’t have a painful recovery!

    Reply

  7. Like Morgan said, there is still plenty of time for bebeh to turn, and there has been a lot of success with moxibustion. I think it’s good to be aware that you might not get exactly the birth you want, but don’t go ahead and plan on it.

    Reply

  8. Like Morgan said, there is still plenty of time for bebeh to turn, and there has been a lot of success with moxibustion. I think it’s good to be aware that you might not get exactly the birth you want, but don’t go ahead and plan on it.

    Reply

  9. http://www.spinningbabies.com in case you hadn’t seen it before. But like the others said, there’s still plenty of time for the baby to turn; I’ve heard plenty of stories about babies being breech until seemingly the last minute.

    Reply

  10. http://www.spinningbabies.com in case you hadn’t seen it before. But like the others said, there’s still plenty of time for the baby to turn; I’ve heard plenty of stories about babies being breech until seemingly the last minute.

    Reply

  11. Not that you’ll need one – ’cause you’re probably not – but a C-Section isn’t the end of the world. It’s a more difficult recovery to be sure – but I bounced back from mine pretty quickly. I’ve done it both ways, so if you get closer and are still concerned that it might go that way, feel free to call.

    Reply

  12. Not that you’ll need one – ’cause you’re probably not – but a C-Section isn’t the end of the world. It’s a more difficult recovery to be sure – but I bounced back from mine pretty quickly. I’ve done it both ways, so if you get closer and are still concerned that it might go that way, feel free to call.

    Reply

    • Thank you. I think you’re right that odds are still on my side. But I will definitely call on you if another three weeks or so go by with no luck.

      Reply

  13. I did say I was up for anything that is free and painless. So if it’s a dance you enjoy…

    Reply

  14. Oh, I’m far from surrendering to the idea. I’ve got an acupuncture/moxibustion consult set up. And I’ve got quite the collection of “turn” “spin” and “flip” songs that I’ve been singing to the baby.
    But why no squishy sofa? Seriously, that’s breaking my heart. I LIVE for my super-comfy couch these days.

    Reply

  15. Thank you!

    Reply

  16. Thanks for the link! I’ve heard about last-minute flippers too. I plan to keep holding out for that until the last possible second.

    Reply

  17. Weird. My response to you seems to have vanished. Did you see it? Where did it go, I wonder?

    Reply

  18. Thank you. I think you’re right that odds are still on my side. But I will definitely call on you if another three weeks or so go by with no luck.

    Reply

  19. You want to keep your back straights and your knees level to or below your pelvis, not above it. Bad posture (and squishy sofas, alas, encourage bad posture) is more likely to put/keep a baby breech or posterior. Have you checked out the spinningbabies.com site? They have lots of pointers.

    Reply

  20. I’m so sad. My poor achy hips love the soft couch and I spend almost all my sitting time with my knees above my pelvis. I always have. I’m never comfortable with my feet on the floor.
    I’ll do whatever helps/works. I just don’t want to in this case.

    Reply

  21. Try a birth ball. I had serious hip pain and sitting on one of those for a while, rolling my pelvis around, helped so much. Are you doing pelvic rocks? Those not only help w/ the hip pain, but facilitate proper positioning.
    If you’ve got to do some squishy couch sitting for your own health, just try to balance it out with some time doing more positioning friendly stuff.

    Reply

  22. No, I didn’t.

    Reply

  23. Well, no, I don’t enjoy it, particularly, but if you need it, I’ll do it.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: