Robin- My two kiddos have gone breech on me, and im positive this one has as well for a couple of days. The first two breeched at 36 and 37 weeks and turned back at 38 weeks+1 (DD turned just hours before we had scheduled a c-section).
There are some great breech turning excersizes, Im pretty sure you can find them at www.breechbabies.com
. ECV (version) is successful about 1/2 the time, you can combine it with other methods - chiropractic (webster technique- Im sure theres info on above link) and acupunture/moxabustion (also should be info on above link) If you are unable to find more info on these, let me know, I have tons of info, Im just not home right now and can't send them. With my second, I did some acupressure at home (outer edge of pinky toe, you may be able to find a diagram somewhere on the breechbabies website), piled up pillows to put my hips on the couch and head on the floor (although I could only do this about ten minutes before I started getting to short of breath), did a lot of knee-chest pelvis rocks and tilts, and used visualization. I found that once my babies went breech, it was difficult to imagine them any other way. I read so many breech birth stories, found every breech presentation pic I could in order ot prepare myself for a breech birth that it really interfered with the thought that it could- and should be the other way around. A friend of mind found some fantastic baby in womb drawings that I laid everywhere in the house- kitchen table, dresser, bathroom. Every time I passed one I would study it, think "that is the way you should be." I dont know what worked. I know I didnt have the $ for chiro and acupressure, so I tried everything I could do at home.
Also, its not a big deal if the version isnt successful at first. If you need one, talk to them and make sure they will make it a slow process, midwives usually have a better turning rate when they do a 45 minute massage-version than drs do who do a 10 minute one. You can have more than one version if the baby again goes breech or is left transverse after the first version. A second gentle version a few days later (or during labor) is still safer than a c-section.
And you dont have to make the c-section decision until you are in labor and the baby is persistant breech.
Relax, and know that it is okay. You have lots of options.
As for me, I had the most fabulous day yesterday! I went to a friends house where another friend took some pregnant photos of me. I have some of them uploaded here: www.family.mother-birth.com
. I am really thrilled with them. After the photos we did a belly cast which turned out fabULOUS. I will put some pics up of that soon too. After that- as if a day of paying attention to the pregnant woman wasnt enough- we put on bathing suits and grabbed pool noodles and just floated in the heated pool for an hour and a half... No kids to deal with, just floating. It was heaven!!
I left the children with my mom for all of this, and Zachary spend his first ever all nighter out!! I was prepared to pick him up at bedtime, I figured hed be grumpy and be ready to come home. My mom said he just crawled up in bed with her and kimber and watched tv til he fell asleep. Im amazed, my little just-turned-two year old!!
James and I had a quiet dinner out, some relaxation time at the bookstore and spent the last part of the night working on our separate computers... We didnt spend the quiet time together, but both of us had projects (mine was the above website) and enjoyed the quiet. I woke up this morning (at 10:30!!) without a child tugging on me or forcing me to cook at a time when food makes me want to gag. My gosh it was lovely!! And my mom offered to keep them tonight too, so if zack wants to stay after he wakes, Im gonna have some more quiet tonight!
The house has not stayed clean this long in three years...