Last Friday at my now-weekly doctors visit I found out that the baby was in a breech position. This was incredibly upsetting because my plan has been to avoid a C-section at all costs and have this baby as naturally as possible. It might sound crazy, but I want to be IN the human experience of having a child. To experience all of it, including the pain… knowing and proving to myself that I am capable, that I can handle it. I’ll need to draw on that strength moving forward…
Yesterday I spent upwards of 6 hours in the hospital for a procedure that attempts to turn the baby into the right position. It’s called an External Cephalic Version. My doctor told me I would feel “mild discomfort”. That was a boldfaced lie. It was excruciatingly painful because I didn’t want to get a spinal. At first I tried going through it without any meds at all, but I had to keep asking them to stop because I couldn’t handle it. So they gave me a mild sedative which more distracted me from the pain than stopped the pain from hitting me.
An ECV has about a 50/50 chance of being successful. And there’s a 5% chance that the baby will turn BACK even after a successful attempt. Thankfully, yesterday for us was a SUCCESS! We’re strong girls. :) I’m about to leave for my regular weekly appointment and hopefully they will tell me she’s stayed put.
Countdown to due date: 21 days.
Update: She stayed! :)