- 2 months ago
I am 23 and pregnant with my first baby. As of today I am 37w6d. I had a doctor’s appointment at 37w4d with an ultrasound to check my baby girl’s position/estimate her weight. At both of my appointments at 35w4d and 36w4d the doctor pressed around on my belly and said she was head down. According to what I had been feeling, she had been in that same postion since about 29 weeks. I woke up one morning and something felt kinda different, I was thinking maybe she folded her legs or something, that was at 37w1d. She stayed in that position and when we had the ultrasound a few days later it showed she was breech and that’s why it felt different. They’re also estimating her weight at 8lbs6oz.
So, the doctor said this late in the game I basically have 2 options:
Have them perform an ECV between 38/39 weeks or at 39 weeks schedule a c-section.
The doctor said the chance of baby turning back into a head-down position on her own at this point was less than 1 in 8. When she was weighing the option of the ECV with me she told me that they perform it in the hospital and administer an epidural prior to performing it. She told me the risks and said it may or may not be successful. But baby has good amount of fluid around her so that could be a positive factor.
However, she did bring up the fact that I am on the more petite side and have never birthed a baby before, so we’re not even sure if my pelvis could accommodate a baby that size should baby flip and we attempt a vaginal delivery. She said she’s seen it before so you can’t rule it out, just be mindful that even if she flips we’re not guaranteed a vaginal birth.
Initially, I was devastated learning all of this, as I always envisioned a vaginal delivery. I knew how common C-Sections are and knew I could possibly end up needing one… I guess I was just being stupidly smug that it wouldn’t happen to me or something. I was extremely distraught that first day, just a mess. But I’m coming to terms with it. Obviously, I’ll do whatever needs to get done in order to have my baby girl get here safely.
So now I’m just trying to decide if going through an ECV is worth it at this point. Especially if she does turn, I can’t deliver her vaginally, and end up with a C-Section anyway…
So my questions for all of you are:
Have any of you had a baby that was breech? Did they turn on their own?
Has anyone experienced an ECV? What was your experience like? Was it successful/unsuccessful? Did you have a successful vaginal delivery afterward?
Have you experienced a C-Section? What was it like?
What advice do you have for me? What would you recommend I do?
Thank you in advance for your input, it is greatly appreciated!