Fatso status report

So I had an ultrasound this morning.

The monster baby is still very happily breech with her giant head tucked snugly up against my gallbladder and stomach. 

Pressure from her big ol’ head is causing me to vomit a lot of what I’m eating at the moment and I also continue to have gallbladder attacks.

Never mind the fact I can’t lie flat without her head pushing up onto my right lung and making it hard to breathe…

Fundal height and baby size are both still tracking perfectly 2 weeks ahead and as this has now been the case for several months the obstetrician is starting to become convinced I’m closer to 37 weeks than 35 weeks.

If Fatso hasn’t turned in the next fortnight we are apparently going to have a serious chat about c-section delivery.

Honestly I’m not yet okay with this idea. I’ve waited six years to have a baby and we know this will be my only baby.

I wanted to at least give natural childbirth a crack. I wanted to experience it. I wanted the excitement and the discomfort and the feeling that I’d achieved something.

Instead I’m facing the potential of never going into labour and just arriving at the hospital at a pre-determined time to let a doctor cut me open and remove my monster baby.

An emergency c-section I’m totally fine with. If the baby is in distress or unhealthy get her the heck outta me as fast as you can to save her. No problemo. I won’t even be sad about it.

But an elective c-section (even if the reason for electing this option is the fact the baby is breech) just seems so depressing.

Plus we all know how I feel about c-sections increasing the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety…

But c’est la vie I suppose.

Nothing and nobody can change what’s going to happen now apart from Fatty Booboo.

If she would consider turning around and engaging her head in my pelvis fairly soon I’d be pretty darn stoked. But she is her father’s daughter so I’m sure I’ll cop nothing but trouble from her hahaha.

Sadie xx


23 thoughts on “Fatso status report

  1. Have you tried Acupuncture to help her turn? My Naturopath Doctor who does my Acupuncture (She specializes in fertility Acupuncture) Says this is very common in her patients and easily treated…….Just a thought…..

  2. I’ve heard some ladies have success with the Spinning Babies techniques, and I think you can find a lot of the information for free online. I hope she turns soon!

      • I think that’s more in reference to the types of inversions done by manually pushing on baby with your hands through the abdominal walls. Spinning babies uses movement and gravity to encourage baby to flip on their own! Plus, large amounts of babies are born with cords around their neck with no issues. Apparently it’s a lot more common than we think! πŸ™‚

  3. Nora turned on her own, but I did YouTube exercises to do. They were minor stretches and I walked a lot. Her cord was tightly wrapped around her abdomen but that happened before she flipped and she still flipped fine. It wasn’t until I was 6-7cm dilated and the contractions were pushing her down that it was a problem. I wouldn’t allow them to flip her manually though. That I wasn’t comfortable with, but I would say mild stretching should be okay.

    • No I actually don’t get access to midwives under my model of care! It’s super unusual I know. I meet exclusively with my obstetrician on a fortnightly basis and apart from my antenatal class (which I did a few weeks ago) I don’t see a midwife until I go into the hospital to give birth! My obstetrician didn’t want to do shared care with a midwife for me he wanted to treat me exclusively because of my fertility history he wanted to keep a close eye on me himself. Now I’m hopeful I can find enough info on the internet to try and get this baby moving head down….

  4. I had osteopathy to help my baby turn and it worked! I felt it on the very same evening, but I was like 7 months pregnant at that time so he may have had more room than your little one. Acupuncture helps too but I never tested myself.
    By the way, how can I get a password (if I’m allowed to read your protected post?)

    • You can see my protected post?!? I’m just trying to figure out how the system works so I can password protect my maternity photos. The protected post I just put up is actually blank but I thought it hadn’t worked because it disappeared and I can’t see it! I don’t know how it works to request the password but yes definitely once I post my photos up you can have the password. Still trying to figure it all out…..

      • Actually I could but it’s not visible anymore, but thank you anyway for the access-to-be! πŸ˜‰
        I tried to find an e-mail address to contact you but I saw none. It seems to be a little complicated indeed! Good luck!

  5. I had an elected C-section. I ended up with twins after my IVF and they were both breech. Do I wish to have had a natural birth? Of course. But no matter what I did, those boys did not want to turn LOL.
    Good luck!

  6. Scrub floors! Being on all fours is supposed to encourage the baby to turn naturally. Can’t hurt I guess….well except for your knees πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
    And I 100% get what you say about the c section. I feel the same.

  7. I hope she’ll turn but it’s better a c-section than a mommy & baby distressed during birth. I had Γ‘ natural birth but didn’t have my son for 2 whole hours. It f*cked the whole beautiful day.

  8. Ugh, I hear you! Gallbladder pains are no joke… I had mine removed a couple of years ago. Also, I had twins and a scheduled C-section and I definitely still felt like I achieved something πŸ™‚ I have heard chiropractors can help to turn the baby, maybe give that a try! Hang in there mama, almost there!!

    • Thanks for the tip! So far everything I’m trying isn’t working. I was up at the hospital last night for reduced fetal movement and she was definitely still in the exact same position 😦

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