I don’t think I’ve ever gone into much detail about the pregnancy dramas I had with Miss Frugal so today, I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience.
I first became aware that Miss Frugal was breech about 32 weeks but at that point, it wasn’t a huge drama as there was still plenty of time for her to turn around naturally. She was still laid feet first at 36 weeks so I was given an appointment at the hospital for an external cephalic version an ECV).
For those of you who don’t know, an ECV is basically where the doctor tries to turn the baby into a head-down position by applying pressure on your abdomen and twisting a little. It’s a totally safe procedure and around 50% of breech babies can be turned in this way, allowing a vaginal birth.
I turned up at the hospital on the day of my appointment on my own as Mr Frugal had been unable to get the time off work and we hadn’t really thought it was that big of a deal. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it definitely wasn’t what actually happened.
It’s not like it was horrific or anything but I’d definitely describe it as ‘uncomfortable’ – it wasn’t painful but I remember lying there on the hospital bed with a doctor and a midwife on either side of me. They put their hands on my stomach and a nurse came and took my hand and told me I could squeeze as hard as I needed to as that’s what she was there for.
She was so lovely and two minutes later as the four hands on my stomach started to apply pressure as tried to turn Miss Frugal inside my stomach. As the pressure got greater, I started to feel more uncomfortable and I really regretted going to the appointment on my own – I think the lovely nurse regretted it too as I started to cry while I squeezed her hand as hard as I possibly could.
They stopped and started the manoeuvre a good few times but Miss Frugal was as stubborn inside my tummy as she has been ever since she came out and had no intention of moving anywhere.
Eventually, the doctor realised that no amount of effort was going to turn her and I was sent home with an appointment for a further scan the week later and told that if she still hadn’t turned by that point then I’d be booked in for a C-Section.
The following week, she still hadn’t moved so they booked me in for a C-Section which I had at 38 weeks and just like that, I had a lovely baby girl. She was the funniest looking baby though as her legs were bent upwards for the first five or six weeks of her life thanks to them being in such an odd position inside. I have photos but I daren’t share them on here though or she’d hate me forever!
A breech baby is a relatively minor pregnancy complication and although I was scared when I found out she was breech, that was more because I didn’t really understand much about it. I didn’t know where to look for more information back then so I literally only knew what I could remember from the conversation I had with the midwife and believe me, that wasn’t that much.
These days, there are so many places to look for information about common pregnancy conditions that you might be experiencing so there’s no need to unprepared for anything. Here’s a few of them…
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