I had my appointments with the acupuncturist and chiropractor to try to help this baby to flip! I have never had acupuncture or moxibustion performed before. I have also never been to a chiropractor, but have had similar manipulation performed by an osteopathic physician.
I started off with the acupuncture. I wasn’t at all nervous about the needles because I’m really just wanting Beebs to flip head down, so I was ready to go. Most of the needle insertions barely felt like anything to me. She needed to insert them at a special point on the sides of my pinky toes and told me those would hurt. I braced myself and they definitely pinched but did not hurt too badly. I then sat there for about 20 minutes just trying to relax and visualizing the baby head down. It was pretty interesting because the baby started moving a lot. The movements seemed a lot stronger than usual. I know that if I just sit at some time and try to feel her she seems more active, but these movements were different like the acupuncture was stimulating her to try to move around. It was exciting and painless so no problems there.
This was the first time I had heard of moxibustion. Basically, there is a big herbal charcoal stick that is burned similar to incense. Again, the special point on the pinky toe is used and the moxa stick is held at an angle roughly an inch away. It starts out feeling warm, when it feels hot the stick is moved to the other toe. The same process is followed for a total of three times on each toe. It does not and is not supposed to burn, but the skin got a little pink which is the effect the acupuncturist was looking for. I was sent home with two moxa sticks and am supposed to do this process three times per day. It might be a bit of a challenge to do on myself while my husband is at work but I will give it a go!
I really enjoyed this part. The physical adjustments felt great on my back and neck. He performed the “Webster Technique” which is used on pregnant women. The main idea is to open up the pelvis to maximize space and encourage the baby to move head down. If there is any type of restriction then the baby won’t want to move down, or if they do, may move back because it is uncomfortable for them. He said that my left side was imbalanced and worked on that. It got a little bit uncomfortable at times because there were some places I was really tight, but overall he said I adjusted well. What was most uncomfortable was the tension he placed on my round ligaments. It was by no means unbearable, but not enjoyable as some of the other adjustments. I will be going back to see him on Friday to check on things and hopefully re-align anything before my appointment on Monday for an External Cephalic Version(ECV).
If Your Baby Is Breech
I would recommend trying all three of the methods. They were pretty painless and easy. To me, trying anything that might work makes me feel better than just hoping she spins on her own or relying solely on the ECV which as of the time I found out about her being breech, was still a whole week away.
I’m working on a post that lists any methods I can find that might encourage a breech baby to flip. They range from silly things you can do at home to medical procedures. My hope is that by creating a comprehensive list it could help someone else who finds out their baby has flipped breech late in their pregnancy.
I will say that I’m feeling a lot more hopeful than I was yesterday when we found out. I will be doing everything I can at home to try to encourage her to move. I’ve also been able to connect with several readers and heard stories of babies flipping in plenty of time to avoid a c-section. A big Thank You to those of you who commented on yesterday’s post, Facebook post or sent me a private message either with your personal story or your words of encouragement!