If she was a boy, her name would be Frank Breech. Want to know why? As of our 30-week appointment, our wee lil unicorn is currently breech. Not just any type of breech, but a “frank breech.” Which according to What to Expect (source) is the most common breech position, because her bottom is down and her legs are pointing upward. This explains why we can never get a decent photo of her without her massive feet in her face.
Remember those people who tell you all about their picture perfect pregnancies, this is not the place. I’m about to get real with you here, so stick with me.
Remember those fibroids, they’re a real breech….
After visiting with our maternal fetal specialist and checking up on the pregnancy, we got perfect marks. Perfect cervix, placenta, and a baby growing like a weed. One small problem, she is a breech baby. This shed some light on the difficult time I’ve had breathing over the last week as her head pushed into a fibroid at the top of my uterus. This pressure was going directly into my ribs and diaphragm, which means this wasn’t going to get any easier.
Our doctor explained the shape of a normal uterus, then went into detail about our special little friends – “the mighty morphin’ fibroids.” You’re probably wondering why this is something we’re taking notice of now and paying close attention to. You see my unique uterine abnormality is proving to make this last trimester difficult in the manner that our sweet girl may not have enough space to flip around.
Luckily, we have a safe alternative (c-section) to help her navigate her way out.
Nervous Breech Down
I’ll be honest with you, I was nervous after seeing the maternal fetal specialist. Once again, I felt as if my body had let me down on this unexpected journey into motherhood. There was a moment as David made feeble attempts to make me laugh that I questioned why. Why was this happening to me? Was this really meant to be?
There is a reason why my OBGYN sent me to the maternal fetal specialist. It was for this reason exactly. The fibroids were always an issue and we needed the extra care. After seeing our specialist, we went straight to our OBGYN as we normally do ready to break the news. Our perfect little had securely planted her cute tushie near my cervix and enjoyed her feet by her face.
Why we aren’t worried about the breech
Upon going through the motions at the OBGYN’s office I braced myself to deliver the news to our nurse practitioner, Katie (we love her). As she walked in and asked us how our specialist appointment went, I don’t even remember when I finally dropped the bomb that the wee lil unicorn was breech. Without skipping a beat and a twinkle in her eye, Katie calmly let us know that we wouldn’t worry about it until we were 36 weeks along. That possibly in the next few weeks, our little girl would just slowly make her way head first for the big plunge and exit into the real world.
A huge sigh of relief washed over my body and mind with Katie quickly telling me that this was very common. Not only was it very common but just a few months ago, she herself had a c-section due to a breech baby. She did make an emphasis that we all want to have an easy labor. At the end of the day, we are looking toward what is safest for a healthy baby.
To make a long story short….our baby is currently breech and that’s ok.
Our baby is breech. A brief moment of weakness was present. We’re in good hands. What can I learn from this to share with any other expecting moms? Trust your doctors. Go into every part of your experience knowing that it’s exactly that. YOUR EXPERIENCE. It doesn’t matter what other women do. Whether it’s a home birth, birthing center, all natural, epidural, or c-section; you have to do what is best for your body and baby. I’ve come to terms that my body isn’t capable of handling a home birth or a birthing center. With 5 fibroids in the way, I need all of the instant medical attention I can get in order to enjoy every sweet moment with this little one.
Here’s to the next few weeks baby girl! BOTTOMS UP. If not, we’ll be talking about what a c-section birth plan looks like for the Ware Clan.