I’ve not updated in the past few days as I’ve been suffering with a trapped nerve in my right hip and generally feeling sorry for myself. Poor me.
Today we had a midwife appointment with Alice (a lady I saw a few weeks ago) to check on my blood pressure and urine. All was well (yippee!) and my ankles looked almost normal (yes, both of them!) but I had a huge dent in my calf where I’d hooked my leg around the chair leg so it was clear for us all to see that I am still MASSIVELY swollen. Great.
Nevermind that though. The main disappointment of the appointment was when I got up on the bed so Alice could check the baby’s heartbeat. She found it easily (and it was strong) but then she pointed out that although he is head down, he’s not in the ideal position for birth.
(Image from Mumzcareplus)
The best way for him to be is head down with his back to my front (OA), but our little one has his back on my right hand side, his feet on my left, and he’s sort of facing to the front (ROP). None of the other midwives have mentioned it before, but according to Alice, this is a problem.
I got given homework…
“What kind of kitchen floor do you have?” She asked…
“Hard tile,” I replied, knowing what was coming next…
“Ok,” she said “you’re going to scrub your kitchen floor.”
…because being on all fours and swishing your pelvis about is the best way to get your baby into the right position for birth. I know this, because this is what Nicki, my yoga teacher, told me I should be doing EVERY DAY in the third trimester (cat and cow pose).
…and I haven’t been doing it.
Nicki also told me to lie exclusively on my left side for optimal birth position. Which I do!…when I’m asleep. But when I’m watching TV I like to lie on my right side so I can feel the baby kick. Yes, I’m an idiot. I admitted this in my appointment.
Alice slapped my hand and Luke gave me a look (the “I’ve been telling you so” look).
So, I’ll be scrubbing the kitchen floor (in knee pads because of my swollen knees) and catting and cowing all over the place.
I actually did a little bit of all-fours-pelvic-wiggling on the bed this afternoon (I was alone before you get all smutty-minded) and can already feel that the Mini one has started to turn. Now I just have to keep doing it and hopefully he’ll stay in the right position.
Keep your fingers (and toes and eyes) crossed for me…