Fundus measurements - Page 2
Thanks womenswisdom! I was worried about tearing or the need to have an episiotomy or something like that. I found a doula that is familiar with aromatherapy and massage therapy so I'm hoping that will make a huge difference! I have my US tomorrow so I should have a better idea about why I'm measuring big (but also knowing that the US may not be that accurate). I'll keep y'all posted.
I'm really glad that my OB has not once mentioned my fundal height and only started measuring it the past couple of visits. Considering I've had 4cs but plan to vbac (vaginal birth after c-section), I think it is a very good sign that he is not worried about the size of the baby. He also hasn't mentioned anything about going past 40 weeks or scheduling a cs "just in case."
We know it will be a big baby (my smallest was 9#6oz and they've been bigger each time, the last was 10#11oz) and we know I will likely go up to 42 weeks (or at least past 40 since I always have.) I'm feeling very blessed to have an OB who isn't trying to scare me into a c-section!
Had my US visit yesterday. Baby is still posterior breech at 32 weeks 4 days. They estimated his weight at 5 lbs 12 oz and based upon measurements at 35 weeks 4 days. (I know that can be off). They said that it won't change my due date, but the breech position will need to be monitored. I'll just wait to see what happens. As long as he's healthy, I can handle whatever comes our way for labor/ delivery!
If it gives any relief. I pushed a 7lb 14 oz the first time at 38 weeks along and my biggest and most recent baby was 9lbs 3 oz (at 41 wks) and had no tearing with her. Pushed hands and knees. Just saying I agree with previous poster that said weight of baby isn't necessarily that big of a deal like they make it out to be. Usually your body won't make a baby bigger than you can birth though there are rare cases. I hope baby turns for you. He still has time to get into position.
My baby girl turned a couple of weeks ago. I'm now at 35 1/2 weeks. I was doing hands and knees inversions every evening and had just gotten a prenatal massage from a wonderful therapist who's had experience turning babies. A couple of days later she turned. This is my first baby so I wasn't certain until we used our doppler and the heartbeat was lower down. Then she started the hiccups and they were super loud and low in my pelvis. A few days later, my midwife confirmed that she'd turned.
I do know they can turn back and she still has a little room to move around but keeping fingers crossed she stays head down. In Florida, midwives can't deliver breach and it means automatic c-section.....
I'd spoken to my acupunturist and we were sent to start moxabustion and accupressure treatment. You may want to look into that JNajla......
I'm 35.5 weeks and the baby has been either breech or sometimes transverse all along despite my obsessive attention to posture and exercises and all that. I just used the hypnobabies program for turning a breech baby for the first time and the baby definitely moved a lot while I was doing it, and I think right after she was turned head down, but she may have gone back to transverse. (It's pretty easy to feel her position and kicks, but sometimes I'm not sure.) Still, it was hopeful. I'll keep working with it, and telling the baby "head down, facing my back, chin tucked, please! we'll have a lot more fun giving birth that way!"
My midwife is old school and actually allows breech births. (She was hospital trained overseas in how to do it.) So I don't have to worry about risking out to the hospital too much. But it would be much nicer to not have the whole breech scenario to think about.
I did the hypnosis thing for several days, and during each session I could feel my ligaments and uterus relaxing (wow!) and then during the parts where you ask your baby to move, I could feel her moving, but she didn't necessarily move all the way to head down. She finally moved to head down today, though! For the first time I felt kicks in my upper belly--how exciting! Now I just need her to stay in that position for a few more weeks. (Right now I'm at 36 weeks.)
Interested to see how the moxa thing works for you, JNajla! Wishing you the best!
Last night, baby was more active than I have felt him yet in the third trimester. He was a wiggle worm, doing break-dancing in there or something. I'm wondering if it had anything to do with the acupuncture or moxa stick treatment?? I had an OB appt after acupuncture and I was floored that my OB had never heard of acupuncture/ moxa stick/ Webster chiropractic to help invert a baby. She asked me if they stuck needles in my belly?!? WTF. She's a really sweet, caring doctor, but she's absolutely clueless about homeopathic medicine/ alternative treatments. I told her that I refuse to do manual inversion due to the risks with footling breech. So, I'll continue with the acupuncture/ chiropractic for the next few weeks and just see what happens. He still has time to turn.
I was worried about ECV, too. My doula sent me this article that gave me some hope that it was preferable over a c-section. But I haven't looked into ECV much beyond that article, because I thought it likely that the baby would move. Thought I'd share in case it brings up any data you hadn't already been through. Hope you won't need it, though!
I didn't realize how preoccupied and stressed I felt until she went head down finally. Thanks for sharing in my relief and happiness! Look forward to celebrating your head down baby with you!
I think movement is a good sign, too.