I am thirty seven weeks pregnant now and have spent the last month rather obsessed with getting this baby into a head down position. I found out at my 32 week ultrasound that the baby was lying transverse. I immediately came up with a plan of action. I hear that most babies turn on their own, but I wasn’t taking any chances. So began Operation Flip This Baby.
I spent most of Christmas finding things to do on my hands and knees at my in-laws place; doing puzzles with my niece, reading, cuddling the cat, etc. I listened to my hypnosis tape nearly every day. I just couldn’t stop running the image of a c-section through my mind. It really freaked me out that I might not even get a chance to attempt labour. I felt the baby kicking a lot but I couldn’t tell if anything had changed. At my 34 weeks appointment, my doctor confirmed that I was still transverse. I was definitely feeling nervous now. I still heard from helpful and hopeful friends and family that there was plenty of time (and room) for the baby to turn. I just had a hard time believing it.
At a family New Year’s eve dinner, I discussed my predicament with my husband’s cousin. She is also pregnant and due two weeks before me. She highly recommended her chiropractor to help get the baby in the right position. I have never been to a chiropractor before and even though I had read that it is one of the many theories to turn a baby, I hadn’t really considered it. But now I had a phone number and a recommendation, so off I went!
This chiropractor specializes in prenatal and pediatric care. During her initial assessment, the doctor palpated my belly (feeling my abdomen to determine how the baby is lying). She said with about 70% confidence, that the baby was head down! I may also have been breech. Because she wasn’t entirely sure and there was obvious imbalance in my pelvic bone, she performed the Webster technique. I came out of the office with new hope. I wouldn’t let myself get too excited though. I left that up to my husband who was down right giddy.
The next day I had a doctor’s appointment and he also felt that the baby had turned! To be sure, he took me over to the ER and we did a quick ultrasound. It’s official, this baby has gone south in preparation for his big trip.
So was it the inversion, hypnosis, the cold pack of peas I put on the top of my belly a few times? I will never know exactly when this baby turned, but I am very relieved! You can see more on riversidefamchiro.com
Did you have a breech or transverse lying baby? What did you do to encourage them to turn?