You Spin Me Right Round, Baby…

Since I am anxiously patiently waiting for my little boy to arrive, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to get him to turn. He is head down but posterior — for those of you who don’t know, the ideal position for a baby to be delivered is head down with their spine down the front of your belly…kind of like nose-to-butt-crack, lol, sorry ;) and posterior is when they are face up with their spine aligned with the mother’s spine. They can be in other posterior positions (like slight right or left) but basically the way you can tell if your baby is posterior is when you feel all wiggly arms and legs across the front of your belly.

There are several reasons why this position isn’t necessarily good — a few being a more difficult and often more painful labor, increase in usage of medical interventions, and slow progression. When a baby’s head is facing the right way, it puts pressure on all the right spots, causing you to dilate and efface. When they are in the wrong position, it can take a bit longer for things to happen.

I delivered my daughter posterior, and let me tell you, it was NOT fun! I did not go into labor on my own. But during delivery, her forehead got stuck on my pubic bone and the nurse was keeping the doctor away because she didn’t want me to end up a c-section!! We pushed and pushed and I was able to deliver her, but I am scared of the same outcome this time. So….ALL OF THAT to say that I have been spending a lot of time on all fours on the floor, rocking on my exercise ball, and other things to help him to turn forward.

It has been a HUGE lesson in trusting God with my delivery because I am severely afraid of him staying posterior, not progressing, and ending up having to make the decision of inducing or not. {{Disclaimer :: I am not against induction or the labor choices of other women. How you want your baby to get here is your business, as long as that baby is safe and healthy, you’re the mom! Based on my own personal experience, I do not like induction for myself.}}

I had a difficult experience inducing with my daughter that resulted in a scary-low Apgar score for her and so I would rather side-step that this time. Also, I want to know what its like going into labor on my own! The excitement of realizing that the contractions are for real, working through them, deciding when to go to the hospital, potentially having my water break in church or something…I want to experience that.

Gosh, my mommy fears are spilling out today!

Anyway, if you think of it, would you lift up a prayer for me and my little man? That I would have peace, trust God, and that this little baby would turn already? I appreciate it TONS. ;)

Any of you have experience with a posterior baby? Tips on turning them?