Up until recently, baby C has been in a frank breech position (bottom down, legs straight up with the feet next to the head). This position, and the fact that she was so low in my pelvis, made it impossible to see the lower part of her spine on an ultrasound. Also difficult to see were her kidneys. (No one suspects anything is wrong with any of these parts, but it’s routine to confirm so everyone can be prepared to treat problems at birth.)
After 3 anatomy scans, all incomplete because of her position, I think she finally flipped. I say “think,” because I haven’t had another ultrasound to confirm. The reason I think she flipped: On Saturday evening, as I was trying to relax on the couch, I suddenly felt the strangest movement. It was big, slow, and just plain weird. Ever since, all of her movements feel different. In fact, for most of Sunday and Monday morning, I didn’t feel her move much at all, which, of course, sent me into a mini panic.
To be safe, I called my OB Monday morning, who instructed me to go straight to labor and delivery for monitoring. I had a nonstress test (NST), which simply monitors the baby’s heart rate and movements for about 30 minutes. Everything was perfect, thankfully. She was actually moving quite a bit, and even some of the bigger movements she made, I couldn’t feel. Apparently, I can only feel the really strong ones. The nurse did not perform an ultrasound, but she said from my description, she believes the baby most likely did turn and is possibly facing my back, which would explain why I can’t feel her as much. I will have another ultrasound in a few weeks to (hopefully) complete the anatomy scan.
By Monday evening, C was kicking away like mad. In fact, she kicked so hard, even M could feel it! Guys, he felt her move for the very first time! It was the best moment in this pregnancy so far!
Not a great moment was the hospital’s childbirth class on Saturday. Completely useless. We learned more from our doula in 2 hours than we did in this 7 hour class. The instructor let her biases shine through, which irked me to no end. She kept saying things like “Of course, c-section is no one’s first choice….” and “I’m sure we all agree, breast is best!” I regret that I didn’t say something. Or just leave. I guess I kept hoping I might learn something new. But she didn’t even address the questions she asked us to write down and give to her at the beginning of class. Colossal waste of time.
I’m looking forward to another visit with our doula this coming weekend to work out our labor and delivery preferences. She recently attended a birth at our hospital, so I’m also eager to hear about that experience, particularly how the L&D team reacted to the presence of a doula. (It’s kind of a new thing around here to have a doula.)