Last week I had an ultrasound (because of MTHFR I am more at risk for IUGR among other things, so ultrasounds help catch problems earlier) and everything looked great!
My biggest question for the ultrasound tech was what position my baby was in.
I had a good idea that she was head down, and I also wanted to see what head down position she was in. Baby girl was definitely head down, but to pinpoint a position was quite difficult! At one point she was looking at my right hip and then she was looking up at the tech and I (posterior).
If any of you know me, you likely know how important I feel fetal positioning is for labor and birth. In my childbirth classes we talk about it A LOT.
In my personal life, this translates to me being hyper aware of my baby’s position.
Anyways, prior to the ultrasound (maybe at 30-31 weeks) baby girl was in a funky position, and MESSING with me big time. I was extremely uncomfortable, in pain at times and couldn’t sleep at night because of it.
The thing is, she was in the transverse lie position, also known as horizontal. Ouch! Her head was on my left side and her butt was pushing on my right side.
Yeah, sleeping on my side SUCKED. One night in particular I had to sleep sitting up. Good times.
How To Fix It
Of course, I was on the Spinning Babies website to try and figure out what I could do to put baby in a better position and make myself more comfortable.
I decided to do lots of inversions and I spent considerable time in hands and knees position OR open knee chest. Did you know that with pillows you can read a book on your hands and knees? 😉
The Daily Essentials video by Spinning Babies is the best resource I have ever seen on easing discomfort because of babies position, as well as optimizing your babies position for an easier and less painful birth.
Now that she has flipped to head down, I am a lot more comfortable. I can sleep again!
Oh, except when I have insomnia or a foot cramp. Ha!
I’m so grateful to have things I can DO if I am in pain because of my baby’s position.
What About You?
Did you change positions to move your baby and therefore get more comfortable?