Flippin’ out

Excuse my delay in being absent from MommyActs for several months.  I have good reason.  I am knee-deep into my second pregnancy.  Number 2 is due on 10/16/10.  We’re very excited, and to squelch the question before it comes, no, we don’t know the baby’s sex.  We want to be surprised. 

Actually, this pregnancy has been full of surprises from Day 1 – 24/7 nausea during first trimester, a 4-day hospital stay due to a kidney stone, and gestational diabetes (which I got during my first pregnancy, but is a bit harder to manage this go round).

Now, my latest surprise – this baby is feet first breech!  While my OB is confident my little guy/gal will turn in the next two weeks or so, I want to do everything I can to help push things along. 

I’m on a mission to flip.

So, I went online to look up at-home remedies for turning a breech baby.  Found a bazillion ideas.  Reviewed them all and selected a few to try.  Here’s a review of the last few days of my life:

  • Attempted my first headstand in nearly 30 years.  Suffice it to say that this was a bit easier to do when I weighed 85 pounds in fifth grade.  Trying to get into position, I knocked three picture frames off the wall.  Finally landed it, but the blood came barreling into my head so fast, I nearly threw up.  Then, my two-year-old looked at me and said, “Mommy…’mato (short for tomato).”  Lovely.


  • Water immersion is supposedly one of the best things for turning a baby.  It’s been 112 degrees the past few days, so swimming outdoors has not been an option.  So, how about a relaxing bath, right?  My question…why must bathtub manufacturers make the width of standard tubs so damn narrow?  I was practically in the fetal position as I slid into the water.  I leaned back, only to find out that even with a full tub of water, my belly was not even close to being submerged.  So, I turned onto one side.  Picture an obese mermaid with her necked cricked to one side!


  • Decided to make things easier on myself.  Apparently, babies shy away from cold and gravitate toward light and sound.  So, I laid down on the couch with a bag of frozen peas underneath my ta-tas (where the baby’s head is now) and shined a flashlight on my hoo-ha to encourage a natural migration “down below.”  If that image isn’t enough to scare you, couple it with the fact that I was simultaneously salivating while watching “Mr. Shuester” on Glee

Who knows what I’ll try next.  Perhaps a simpler approach – like lying in the yoga “cat position” or simply doing clockwise belly massage.  That would be a smarter thing to do.  But, then again…smarter is overrated.  Much more fun to attempt the crazy!

I’ll keep you posted how it goes. In the mean time, do me a favor and whisper four words as you go to sleep tonight – “Flip, Baby C, flip.”


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2 Responses to “Flippin’ out”

  1. David Says:

    Oh the images I now have floating around in my head!

    When you next attempt a headstand will you please, please, pretty please have the husband video it? Please! I promise i wouldn’t show it to anyone else!

  2. tracy hartley Says:

    Very funny and entertaining post 🙂

    If you want the baby to turn, my first and best recommendation is to go to Berlin Wellness Group (no, I’m no affiliated with them — they’ve just been successful at turning a dozen or more of my clients’ babies!):

    6221 Wilshire Boulevard, #518
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 549-0070

    Instead of attempting a headstand, you can use a board leaned up against a couch or get on your hands and knees with your butt in the air and your chest on the floor — safer than a handstand and could be just as entertaining for anyone who’s watching 😉

    The cold peas trick works best in a warm tub of water covering the lower half of your belly with you upright, so the baby can use gravity to help reposition. You can also try lifting your belly to put the baby in a slightly different position.

    Good luck and happy birthing 🙂

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