Thursday, June 27, 2013

Doctor's Appointment and Doula Update

On Tuesday I had my weekly doctor's appointment and we also had our second prenatal appointment scheduled with our doula, Cynthia, that evening.

The doctor's appointment was the standard routine: pee in a cup, get weighed, blood pressure taken, then wait for the doctor.  Doctor found the baby's heart beat with the doppler machine and then started checking baby's position and declared that our little stinker is oblique!  Oblique means that the baby is lying at an angle, with her head near my pelvis but not actually in it, and not straight up and down (which is head down, the preferred position).

I was a little upset about this new development, because for the past 2 weeks the doctors have been saying that she was head down.  I don't know if they had it wrong because I don't think she has moved that much or if she changed positions but 38 weeks is pretty late to try to get a baby to move so that didn't make me too happy.

I asked what I could do to help her get into head down position and the doctor said that there wasn't really much and that my contractions would probably push her head down.  That wasn't very comforting to me because all along Cynthia has been emphasizing the importance of the baby being in the right position and how much that helps moms have an easier time in labor.

So, at the appointment with Cynthia I told her all about this new development and she gave us a game plan.  I'm going to see a chiropractor to try to help adjust any tight muscles or ligaments (she thinks my psoaz muscle might be really tight on one side).  I'm also going to do a few different exercises every day like pelvic tilts, inversions, and lunges.  She also suggested taking a bath every night and trying to move the baby with my hands into the right position.

I'm going to try everything I can to get her lined up better because I really want to have a natural birth and especially avoid a c-section.  Let's hope that something works.

6 comments:

  1. I have never heard of the "oblique" position (I will google it...) but I bet she moves down during labor. My LO is posterior (face up) and the OB said she will probably rotate at the last minute. I hope you have some luck beforehand with your chiropractor. Update with news!

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  2. GL with your chiro, I just wanted to suggest a yoga ball, too. They're great for opening up your hips and doing hip exercises to help baby get into a good position. And they just feel great to sit on when nothing else is comfy.

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  3. Prayers for you that the baby positions itself as it should!!!! Believing!

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  4. Gemini- I had never heard of it before either. I hope that both our babies get the memo and get into the right position before we go into labor!

    Marlee- Thank you for the suggestion! I have a yoga ball, I will have to remember to use it more often!

    Team Harries- Thank you so much for your prayers!

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  5. I hope these work! Good luck!

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  6. Based on what you said earlier, it sounds like what you are doing is helping! I wouldn't worry too much about her position. She'll get in the correct position for labor and just because she's slightly leaning to the right doesn't mean you are destined for a c-section. She'll get there, she's a smart girl!

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