OK you guys, I think I've got it. I spent yesterday trying to get into a position that would encourage the Wattlet to slide out of a transverse lay to heads-down and I think I discovered the cure for stubborn poop in the process (the kind that's already in your lower bowel but won't budge).
I took the queue from a thread Whitewax started about positioning breech babies (putting something under your back and butt while lying on the floor), but my baby wasn't really breach. He/she was transverse with the butt hanging out higher than the head. I really wanted to fix this because I read somewhere that aggressive BH's like the kind I've been having are sometimes caused by the babe being in a bad position and not able to get out of it becuase of the mothers' poor posture...(Just what I need--MOMGUILT! hehe). So here is what I did:
First, I started sitting like I'm "supposed" to as suggested by spinningbabies--leaning forward, knees lower than hips, etc. That was OK, hard to get used to but I managed. Then I got on all fours and hung out there for awhile. This wasn't very comfortable on my upper body so I grabbed a file box and leaned on it which felt much better. Then out of boredom (I think) I started wiggling my hips a little and then I pressed my hips toward the file box. Boyolla! I don't know how to describe the sensation but I could tell I that something really good was happening. It was like I suddenly had a whole bunch of extra room.
I leaned back and did a few more gentle presses and suddenly had the urge to go. I went to the bathroom and had a lovely time
. Afterward I noticed that the baby's head had also sunk lower in the right direction. I performed this activity two more times throughout the day and each time I ended up with exactly the same results--pooping and baby's head closer to 6 o'clock.
I had a couple more intense BH's that day but they weren't nearly as uncomfortable as before, and last night I slept comfortably for the first time in AGES! I still got up to pee about 6 times but didn't toss and turn and worry that I was crushing the baby's head, and the baby didn't kick and punch every time I moved so I think he/she got good rest too!
I'm in SUCH A BETTER MOOD today!