Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I went to the hospital Monday for an ECV. It wasn't the most fun thing ever, but the good news is that baby turned. The doctors warned there's a good chance he'll go back to breech, so we're hoping he stays put until he comes out. We're also hoping he comes out soon, which is probable (I have a bit less than 3 weeks until my due date at this point!).

Here's Tim hanging upside down on the inversion table. I did this, too, but usually not at quite this angle.

And here are some before and after shots of my belly. I'm not sure how apparent it is, but the baby is definitely positioned quite differently in there after the procedure and it feels totally different. Which is kinda crazy. I'm told by a select few that it looks different too. It sure feels lower.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Process of Molding Breech Baby into Head-Down Baby

image from here
We've resorted to some interesting measures recently in order to try to get Breech Baby (that's what we're going to name him) to turn head-down like a normal fetus. Gee whiz, what's his deal? The midwives told us about using moxibustion. So basically my pinky toes have been smoking weed (well, mugwort herb, more precisely) recently. And the apartment and our clothes testify to it. That stuff is pungent. I might have to go outside next time. In full view of the neighbors, preferably, so they can really start wondering/complaining about us.

Other methods we've been using:

  • Swimming pool acrobatics
  • Playing music to my pelvis
  • Applying frozen veggies to the top of my uterus
  • Hanging on an inversion table 
My friend from work (who just birthed her own baby yesterday!!! ack, exciting) lent us the inversion table:
At first I was hesitant about the idea. I wasn't sure what an inversion table was, and I read that it can be dangerous for pregnant women, especially those with high blood pressure. Also, it's not like we have a ton of extra space in our apartment. (Our front room looks like a wannabe fitness center with the inversion table and birth ball and exercise mat.) Tim and I have both enjoyed hanging out upside down on this thing. Also it seems like it should be really effective for the remedying of Breech Baby because I can flip back upright quickly without abdominal effort.

Although these would be effective remedies to boredom if we were bored, which I sometimes am, they've proved thus far ineffective as methods to get Breech Baby with the whole preparing-for-birth program. I'm going to be adding the following method to my list of techniques on Monday:
  • ECV (external cephalic version)
If you want to watch a weird (mostly in the sense of the musical accompaniment) video showing what this is, please enjoy the following:

The silver lining to this is that I might otherwise be getting pretty anxious at this point to go into labor because pregnancy sucks, but since laboring with Breech Baby could very likely lead to a C-section, I'd like to get him turned first.

Also, I hear the ECV procedure can be pretty painful so that could prepare me well for the pain of contractions? Give me a good opportunity to practice hypnobirthing?

Yeah, we so excited!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


This morning, Tim calls out to me, "Amanda, come look at this!"

I come out to the front room and see Tim as pictured. "I can feel my uterus moving toward my ribs!" he says.

Silly boy. You don't have a womb.

So thanks to Tim's contraption, I'm hanging out upside down in an attempt to jostle this baby into head-down position. Silly baby.

Tim's contraption has also necessitated a complete rearrangement of our apartment, as the board being used is the top of the computer desk that formerly housed his desktop machine. I think we're pretty pleased about the adjustments. I'd post pictures just to prove that is possible to rearrange furniture in a <500 sq. ft. apartment, but it's still a mess.