So, yesterday at acupuncture, the acupuncturist and I were talking about how the baby is still breech/teeters on transverse and we'll just see what happens. Earlier this month when we saw the specialist, he said that there was plenty of time for turning...maybe not so much room, but plenty of time. Well, John, my acupuncturist said, "I can do something for that."
He then went on to tell me the history of Chinese medicine and how this has been used for thousands of years to make babies move....can't really make them move to where you want them, but certainly stimulates fetal movement. Now, movement has not ever been an issue for Matthew; he's *very* good at it! However, I really like my acupuncturist and he's been pretty successful with me for other issues, so I figured I'd try. In truth, I sort of like Matthew being breech and maybe forcing me into a C-section because then I don't have any guilt over being selfish and wanting one instead of a vaginal delivery...I want what's best for him and since everyone and their uncle says regular childbirth, I *guess* that's what I want. If I had no choice, though--well, that's a different story! In any event, I didn't figure that it would make much of a difference, but told him to go ahead and try.
Well, let me tell you something: IT WORKS. He moved a bit in the session, but that wasn't new--he's a mover. Last night, though, around 8:30, he started going CRAZY. My whole stomach started moving and changing shape. For 3 hours straight. It was amazing. And PAINFUL. Very, very painful. I was also having some contractions, so I started to time them in case I needed to go to the hospital. I didn't, but MAN did the moving hurt. I couldn't believe how my whole stomach just started to completely turn and go into weird shapes, but more, how much it HURT! I finally fell asleep, but every time I tried to turn onto my right side (where his head has been for 30 some-odd weeks) I felt like I was going to throw up, it hurt so much! Needless to say, I woke up every 30-45 minutes and felt like I was going to explode from the soreness/pain.
Today has been a tough day too because it still is pretty sore and I have to be very careful in my movements. Funny thing, though, it seems like he may have spent all night partying but in morning's light has remembered that he liked where he was and is BACK! Or at least transverse still. I can't really figure it out...but we'll have the last sonogram on Monday and I can't wait to see where he is. In the meantime, I hope he decides that he doesn't need to move any more because it hurts.
And next week at acupuncture? Yeah, we're going to stay away from those techniques....