Mission: Let’s Spin This Baby!

The clock is ticking and time seems to be going faster than ever before. And also, time seems to be going slower than ever before. That makes sense, right? The reality we have less than 5 weeks until Baby H arrives is as scary as it is exciting. Furthermore, we have a procedure next week in which I will be at the hospital, hooked up to all the equipment necessary to monitor the baby, in order to spin this breech baby!

That’s right, this baby is going on it’s first ride. Spinning around my uterus. How exciting. And uncomfortable. Who is jealous?

The procedure is called External Cephelic Version (ECV). I know very little about this procedure other than the fact our OB handed Brad a few medical journal articles for him to read. He was instructed to not only read these medical articles that were further from English than any language could be… but also educate me on what they say. So,  here’s what we learned:

  • This procedure reduces your risk of requiring a c-section by 50%. So I guess it’s worth it?
  • Only 4% of babies are breech at this stage in pregnancy.
  • “During this procedure, you may experience is a significant amount of pressure.” AND BY PRESSURE I THINK THEY MEAN PAIN.
  • Oh, and minor detail, it has about a 5% chance of requiring an immediate delivery. Right then and there. No worries. That’s not scary or anything.

In case you’re curious, like me, here’s what is going to happen next week:

FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAKY. This video makes me cringe. I am NOT looking forward to this.

Am I a bad person for feeling like a C-section wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world? I feel obligated to say: “Heaven’s no! I want to have a vaginal delivery. It’ll be magical and I’d be sad if I didn’t! Surgery has so many risks. I should avoid it if at all possible!”

But I feel like saying: “A c-section not only allows me to set the date of delivery so my family can come for the birth (they live out of state), but who would say no to more FMLA time? Plus, let’s be honest… you don’t have to push a watermelon through your hoo-ha!” 

I say this knowing my abs would be cut. Which, if I’m being totally honest, is really the only downfall of a c-section I can think of. I know, I know… longer recovery time. That too.

*Note: I may regret my position on this entirely if I experience  c-section. I’m sure it’s not lollipop’s and rainbows. But perhaps the lesser of the two evils.*

So let’s leave it with this… if this baby doesn’t spin… I {probably} won’t cry about it. (I say probably because let’s face it, I’m almost 9 months pregnant and I cry if my cat looks at me weird, my ice cream is hard, or it might rain today.)

My procedure will be next Friday, most likely. So follow me on instagram @happinessglass_ or on snapchat @Malhalverson for updates!

35 Weeks, Baby! Can you tell I’m excited for my first glass of wine?

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3 thoughts on “Mission: Let’s Spin This Baby!

  1. Good luck for your procedure, I hope it goes well! I hear you on the pregnancy and tendency to cry thing – I am nearly 24 weeks pregnant (from IVF #2), and the video of the ECV made me cry – I’ve literally no idea why! I cry at anything.

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  2. I can’t even bring myself to watch the video because I just don’t wanna know! And no, you are not a bad person for thinking a C section isn’t such a horrible thing. Best wishes next week 🙂

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  3. I had a successful ECV at 36 weeks! I just saw you had your sweet baby. I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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