As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had a few extra scans this pregnancy due to the possibility of my Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) causing complications. (If you need catching up, you can read about my 12 week, 20 week, 28 week and 32 week scans by clicking accordingly!) Happily, (touch wood) no kidney-related issues have cropped up and the pregnancy is all looking rather positive on that front.
However, the baby is being a bit awkward (I wonder where she gets that from? *innocent face*) so we’ve had some other issues to consider.
Earlier this week we had a growth scan as at my 32 week scan a couple of issues came up – firstly, the baby was breech still breech, as she had been at 28 weeks, but secondly, and perhaps of more concern, the baby was measuring small. This triggered a growth scan at 34 weeks.
To be honest, I wasn’t overly concerned as I felt fairly confident that the baby’s ‘drop’ in weight was down to the sonographer being unable to take the measurements she needed due to the baby’s awkward breech position. I was more concerned about the prospect of having to have a c-section if the baby didn’t turn head down.
Now, I feel I must interject here and say I have nothing against caesareans. In fact I had always imagined having a caesarean as a result of my PKD. However, at 28 weeks everything had been going swimmingly and the consultant had suggested that I could give birth in the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) at our hospital if I wished. Cue me imagining an amazing hypnobirthing-led natural delivery (we start hypnobirthing classes on Sunday!)…
So I was a bit disappointed to be back to having a c-section again. I know that it’s possible to have a breech birth and I know it’s also possible to try to turn the baby in hospital, but these aren’t options I want to consider. That doesn’t mean they’re not right for someone else though.
Anyway, I’m rambling. The long and the short of it is that I wanted to find out whether the baby had wriggled its bottom out of my pelvis and turned head down.
I went into the room filled with hope having been examined by my midwife the day before and told that she was pretty certain the baby felt head down (obviously with a caveat that bump feeling is an art, not an exact science!). Firstly, the good news is that the baby is measuring totally fine and weighs an estimated 5lb 6oz, which is more than I did when I was born, so that’s reassuring.
Then on to the position. Well, blow me, she was still breech. I had felt an awful lot of movement between seeing the midwife and having the scan, so maybe the baby’s just spinning around in there, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that she wasn’t head down.
One ray of hope is that there’s still time, and the sonographer said that because my placenta is at the back, she’s been told by a midwife that sometimes it gets in the way and babies in that situation turn a bit later. I’m booked in for another scan in a fortnight and if the baby is still breech then, we’ll discuss booking in for a c-section. I have been promised though that they scan on arrival for elective breech caesareans so if the baby has turned at the last minute, she’ll be left in there to come out when she’s ready!