Post # 1
At my 33 week appointment, I asked the doctor to check to feel if my baby was transverse, as I’ve felt him mostly on one side for the whole pregnancy. She felt around and said that she thought he actually might be breech. This freaked me out, as I had not thought about this being an option. She wanted me to come back for an ultrasound at 36 weeks to see if he moved. Being a paranoid FTM, my anxiety got the best of me and I was having nightmares about having a c-section. I called my doctor and asked if they would do one earlier, and they made me feel really stupid and said there is no point becuase he could still move. While I understand that logically, I just wanted to know ‘for sure’ if he was breech so I could do some of the spinning babies exercises and try to get him to move on his own. Needless to say, they were not open to this, and said my insurance would not cover it. My question is, I have read about moxibustion for turning breech babies. Since I am not 100% sure that he is breech, I am wondering if it is worth it. If he is not in the breech position, but actually in the correct position, would moxibustion be detrimental? I’m just looking for some advice if any of you have been in a similar situation or had moxibustion before. Sorry so long…
Post # 2
My baby felt transverse, but was breech in a pike position – so head up, butt low and engaged in the pelvis, feet out and into my side, which is why she felt more on one side the whole pregnancy. She was identified as being in that position at a 33 week U/S and stayed that way despite flipping baby exercises and an ECV. I don’t think I would hurt to try the flipping baby stuff, mostly because I don’t think that any of that stuff really works in an FTM where tight muscles are holding baby into position.
They said by 36 weeks if the baby is still breech, there is virtually no chance they will flip into position because they don’t have much room. Even the ECV, which is the most empirically supported way of flipping a baby, has a very low success rate especially in FTMs.
Not to be a bummer or anything based on my experience, but I found that nobody was really honest with me about there being not much chance of repositioning from 33 weeks on. I felt like a failure for trying everything and having it not work. That said, although I was super bummed and scared about my c-section, it went amazingly well and I had a great recovery!
Post # 3
As far as I know moxibustion won’t hurt a baby already in the cephalic position but you could always contact an acupuncturist for some more informed advice. At 33 weeks you still have plenty of time for baby to turn (hence why they won’t do an ultrasound this early) but you can still do plenty of exercises to encourage baby into a good position. My midwife recommended swimming, crawling and sitting on a swiss ball to encourage my Lo to turn although she was turned by ECV.