31 weeks… Beach Baby, Breech Baby Give Me Your Hand.

You know how the ol’ saying goes, “be careful what you wish for…  ”

Last week, I finished off the post with a semi-mournful reflection upon the idea that I just didn’t feel, well, much of anything; so, apparently my daughter-to-be has inherited her father’s penchant for literal-based humour – she has spent the entire week leaving me absolutely No Doubt that she is there.  Not only has the morning nausea returned on a regular-basis, but, as I type this, she is seemingly using a small pick axe to dig away at the inside of my right hip.  Beyond that, she has spent the better part of the last seven days burrowing a makeshift escape route into the space in-between the right side of my rib cage and the hip below.  All of a sudden, she is hanging out just below the surface of my skin, close enough that mummy, daddy, and curious onlookers can easily feel the shape of her little body, even seeing her little bump swim around beneath multiple layers of clothing.  We haven’t a situation-of-lore where an actual hand or foot is visibly outlined, but i have a feeling that’s not far away.

The time between 30 and 32 weeks is the peak of movement, with the magical combination of daily-increasing strength, consciousness and curiosity and a generous amount of wiggle room, and our little one is right on track there; however, where she may be a tad tardy is with the flipping into nosedive position for final descent into our side of the world.  Ken and I had a prenatal class on Monday, where we learned (thanks to the deft manual probing of Dr. Karen) that baby has re-oriented herself to head-up, legs out to the right in pike position (perhaps practicing a uniquely Olympic-Themed entry to the world in honour of the 2012 Summer Games?).

When Dr. Karen scribbled the word “breech” under the “Baby’s Position” heading within our pregnancy chart, Ken’s tone of voice, when he said “Oh…  so you write that down?” was heartbreaking.  We were told that baby’s got until our next visit to decide to rotate (in two weeks), otherwise, we’ll be sent for an ultrasound to determine if there’s a reason she’s not into it.  So yes, there’s still time for her to move herself, but we’re at the point where it’s noteworthy that she hasn’t flipped.  We were encouraged to go for lots of walks, as apparently the bouncing from walking can aid gravity in pulling her little head down.  At the same time, I followed up with Dr. Google to look for some tips –  this is my big chance to lay on my back, crotchal zone in the air, with a bag of frozen peas on my diaphragm while my ipod headphones blare tunes into my undies – bonus points if I light a scented candle between my legs – and get ken to read a story aloud down there, with his booming, masculine voice.

Peppermint oil on the upper tummy, that the baby may not like the smell of is rumoured to help as well.

this is what I found

Some of my favourites include:

Headstand with assistance and in a pool frequently as possible

Breech Tilt begin at 32-35 weeks gestation. Do 3 times daily for 10-15 minutes each time, when you have an empty stomach, and the baby is active. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair 12 to 18 inches high (or may use slant board). Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. Relax, breathe deeply, avoid tensing. May also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18″ above shoulders. Gravity pushes the baby’s head into the fundus, tucks it, and baby can then do a somersault to a vertex position.

CD/iPod headphones – place them inside mom’s pants toward her pubic bone and play classical music for 10 minutes 6-8 times a day.

Flashlight – try moving slowly down from the top of the uterus toward your pubic bone while you are in a breech tilt position.

Clothespin – place on the small toe of each foot at the outside corner of the toenail; sideways so that the toenail and toepad are stimulated for 30 minutes per day, this is an acupressure point that is a “moving down” point. You can also do this with just finger pressure as you remember to do it.

Pelvic Tilt – with an ice pack on the top of your tummy on an empty stomach, 10 minutes twice a day. Do this while lying on your back on the floor with knees flexed and feet on the floor with three large pillows placed under your buttocks. Try this in conjunction with headphones and visualization.

Sigh.  So, send us, baby-flipping thoughts and prayers – we’ll have an update on that in 2 weeks!

The group prenatal classes have also been a great chance to bring out some of the interesting questions that one may not remember to ask themselves.  Some of my favourites have been:

  • does increased fartiness count as an emotion? (in response to the discussion question, “what emotional changes do women experience during pregnancy? And no, it was not Ken who asked this.)
  • So once we have the baby…  what do we do with it? (this one Was Ken – heehee)
  • Those stories of people who don’t even realize they’re pregnant/in labour and just go to the bathroom in Walmart and end up with a baby…  so that would be considered, “rare”? (in response to a discussion about pain expectations)
  • is wine allowed in the hospital? (answer: yes!)
And the prize for the funniest thing that someone has asked me to date goes to this conversation:
other person: “Will your mom be here for the baby?
me: “Probably not, my parents are retired and not big on flying – we’ll go visit them in the fall and spend Christmas there, since we were away last year.
other person: “Ah…  and you’ll take the baby?
me: “Nah – we figured we’d leave her here to take care of the apartment while we’re away.
Overall, it’s been a great week.  It’s back to pouring again today, but the weather over the weekend enough was warm enough to go to the beach and out for some great long walks.

Oh I cannot wait to have another warm weekend!!  These are two things that have been sitting in the “just wait til i’m pregnant and it’s hot out” corner of my closet, and I finally got to wear them!

The nautical stripe dress feels like soft, stretchy silk (it’s actually 92% modal, which is one of the softest, most breathable fibres out there).  And is designed to be easy-button down for post-baby-breastfeeding.  Personally, I LOVE that I can still “participate in a trend” (as Stacy and Clinton would say) by wearing something that is current, but still fits for maternity.

The bathing suit, clearly, looked incredible on Sienna Miller – but guess what:  strangers were also asking little ol’ Me where it came from.  The halter neck felt very 1950’s glamazon, and the rusching on the side means that i’ll still be able to snuggle my bump into it as she continues to from for another 7-9 weeks!

I want more sun!  Can’t wait to wear that sundress again – maybe on the ferry this weekend.

31 Weeks (approx 62 days to go)

baby size: pineapple – Average size: 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.
mummy size: 5 foot 11.5, 174 pounds.  I think last week was a fluke, or some crazy time-interruption of the continuum where my scale was being wonky.  Total uppage so far: 25 pounds.  Yikes.

Biggest change this week:  constant, sustained force against the inside of my tummy.  Kicks are no longer sporadic, random juts, but actual pushes with force and intention against the walls around her.


2 thoughts on “31 weeks… Beach Baby, Breech Baby Give Me Your Hand.

  1. Check out http://www.spiningbabies.com for breech position exercises to do to help turn her! If you were reading my blog back then, you know I has a breech baby. For me, it was because she tethered herself to the placenta by moving around so much and wrapping up in the cord. But, that is a very rare reason and she did it much later in the game than you are. Your little one is still so tiny, she can easily flip! Don’t worry!

  2. Lying in bed reading this to Mark with tears rolling down my face. He can’t wait to ask all of the above questions at our first pre-natal class.
    Love it!

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