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High risk dr appt was seriously a rollercoaster this morning...first off I thought we were only doing u/s to check baby size, blood flow, etc. but first surprise was nurse telling me I now have to do about a 20 min NST each appt (now weekly) so they hook me up to the monitor...and...CANT FIND THE BABY'S HB! Yes I start to freak out - frantically trying to recall if i'd felt her move that morning (couldn't remember feeling her kick much), and the nurse is looking worried, calls for another nurse, they shut the door so now i'm literally about to break down when the 2nd nurse finds the HB (thank god!) and now my BP is probably through the roof but everything is otherwise fine.
Then I do the u/s...baby's good, still precisely 55% which makes high risk dr happy, and now 4lbs 6oz big . I find out that we won't do sizing every scan, even though I will have a weekly scan, so next appt will be just the NST & a quick scan to check blood flow through the UC, etc.
But then the bad news, after months (literally) of being head down...baby is now transverse and high risk dr is telling me to prepare myself for possibility of C-section (!!!) which he knows I want desperately to avoid...and he says there's still time for her to move back...but if she doesn't he won't let OB attempt an external version b/c it's too risky (I guess because of the blood thinners or possibly because of the prior SCH and potential to reopen bleeding?) SIGH, definitely wasn't what I was hoping to hear.
I know we have some smart mamas in here who know more about getting babies to turn than I do...any safe/natural things I can try to do to encourage her to go back to head down? Any idea when she'll be likely to big to move...i'm thinking I have literally until 36 weeks when OB plans to schedule induction (or now possibly C-section) but I think I want to fight the C-section literally until day I go to hospital
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My son decided to flip flop to transverse at 36 or 37 weeks! They told me to get on me knees and rock back and forth toget him to move. They weren't confident though especially at that gestation... But he turned by 38 weeks!!
There is also a chiropractic technique you might google it
The chiropractic technique is called the Websters technique. What is entails is basically adjustment of your hip to align it (when the baby is not head down facing back, your pelvis is most likely out of alignment) and then pressing and releasing a ligament low on your belly.pelvic area to loosen it up and allow baby the space to encourage him/her to turn head down. It is not painful and it is said to be quite effective on a lot of women. If you cannot find a chiropractor in your area who is not certified in this, (you have to specifically ask them before you set up the appointment) you can still go to any chiro to get your hips aligned and that in itself 'may' help baby into a more favorable position.
Check out spinningbabies.com and pour into that website to do the stuff they suggest. Couple of excercises they mention are as follows:
1) Get on your hands and knees on the floor and crawl about for a abt 10 -15 mins
2)Get on your hand and knees and arch out your lower back(like a cat) and hold for a few secs and then relax. Repeat as often as you comfortably can.
3)Get on your hands and knees OR bend over the back of a couch or something at that height to help you bend so that your torso makes a right angle with your legs, and rock/sway your hips for as long as you comfortably can
4)This is the best one: Get on a couch and get to the following position, your knees should be on the couch and your hands and elbows should be on the floor. A head rush kind of feeling is nornal. Don't do this for too long just a few minutes at a time as long as you dont feel too uncomfortable in that upside down kind of position. Have DH nearby to help you back up on the couch or to climb down to the floor.
5)Music at the lower part of your pelvis and ice on the top of your belly (since your baby is transverse, put the ice on the side her head is - the general instruction is for breech babies)
Good luck You still have a lot of time. Get that baby turning
How scary about the heartbeat! Glad it was resolved pretty quickly!
Sorry that she's turned transverse. There is still a good amount of time for her to turn back. I obviously have no BTDT with spinningbabies but I've heard it highly recommended. Pelvic rocking is supposed to help encourage the head down position too - it's a really gentle prenatal yoga pose - but I don't know how effective it actually is for encouraging turning.
At my app. today it took the nurse a little while to find the HB. I had JUST felt her moving so I just grit my teeth and tried to remain patient.
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