Showing posts from February, 2012

39 weeks - the plan

Just got back from my appointment at the antenatal clinic at the hospital where i confirmed our wishes to try for a breech birth with the consultant. I told her i didn't like the radiation involved with the CT pelvimetry, so she did a clinical exam instead and said i had an average size pelvis, which is good to hear. Bub still has to be either extended (frank) or complete breech rather than footling before they'll let me try. I expect they'll do an ultrasound when i come to the hospital in labour.

She's put my chances at success at 50% as i'm a first timer. I think that's 50% better than nothing. The plan is to come into hospital when my contractions are regular and 5 minutes apart, unless my water breaks in which case come in then. Hubby is happy with this as it gives him time to drive up from the country (where he works) and support me during labour and then transfer to hospital. If there's a cord prolapse obviously it'll be ambulance, but i'm hop…

Redskin macarons

À la Adriano Zumbo. The recipe is not his but that's where i first heard the idea - when a friend went to Sydney and visited his Manly patisserie, it was one of the goodies she bought. I googled and found several people with a similar recipe for the filling, so that's what i'm using here.

I'm using the same shell recipe i used last time, from Annie's Eats:

Yield: about 20 macarons
200 grams icing sugar
110 grams ground almonds 
90 grams egg whites (aged at room temperature for 1 day or 3-5 days in the fridge)
25 grams caster sugar
Red food colouring - either powder or gel

To make the macaron shells, combine the icing sugar and almonds in a food processor. Pulse until the almonds are finely ground and the mixture is well blended. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to beat, gradually adding the caster sugar. Beat until a stiff, glossy m…


The things i do to try to convince bub to flip from breech to head down...

This is a moxa stick, a specially designed one. It's a cardboard circle with a small hole in the centre, covered with sticky on one side and a metal ring on the other, and on the metal ring is a small cigar of mugwort. You peel off the paper which covers the sticky, stick it on your little toe over the BL-67 acupuncture point, and then light the end of the moxa trying not to let the wind blow the match out or into your toe. I have a lid full of water sitting next to me on the pavers, and when the moxa has burnt almost to the end and has got too hot for my toe, i flick it off into the water and then start again with the next moxa stick. My acupuncturist recommended four in a row on both feet at the same time.

I think i was a little dehydrated yesterday, i had Braxton Hicks almost constantly for most of the day. I made sure to drink enough water today and haven't had nearly so many, although i am getting …

38 weeks... still breech

I've started acupuncture and moxibustion. Bub kicks a lot during the acupuncture and wiggles around during the moxibustion (which by the way stinks. I do it outside and sit out there for quite a while waiting for the wind to take the smoke out of my clothes and hair). So far he's still in the same position. The practitioner is going to try acupressure next week if he hasn't turned.

The acupuncture points are on my hand between thumb and first finger, on the inside of my thigh near the knee, then there's one on the outside and one on the inside of my lower leg, the first session she also did one on my inner ankle but not the second session, instead she did on the top of my foot in between my big and second toe, and also BL-67 which is the point to the side of the little toenail which you do the moxibustion on. The first session was just the acupuncture, the second she also attached the acupuncture machine which gives a small electrical current through the needle and mak…

Unsuccessful ECV

Yup, as the title says. Rather disappointing, but it seems bub has his head well and truly stuck in a uterine horn. The consultant was able to move him about 5 or 6cm and that was it. It's a pity because he's in an oblique footling breech lie so should have been easier to move, if it wasn't for my suspected bicornuate uterus.

The waiting around all day (literally - we were at the hospital for 7 hours) had me very nervous, so i didn't eat until after the procedure. It was booked in for 11 but we missed that by a long shot. The waiting room was packed with patients. Ultrasound wasn't nearly so packed and we went there first for a scan at 10, got in around 10:15 so not bad. They found him in exactly the same position as last time, head under my right rib, bum in my left side and feet down in my pelvis. We took the scan results back up to the assessment unit and handed them to the desk, got admitted and waited. And waited. At 12:45 we finally got taken to a bed and hoo…

February measurements


MeAprilJuneAugust (10 wks pg)October (20 wks pg)December (29 wks pg)February (37 weeks pg)AimRight thigh53cm (21")54.5 (21.5")52.5cm (20.5")54.5cm (21.5")54cm (21.25")54cm (21.25")48cm (19")Left thigh52cm (20.5")53cm (21")52cm (20.5")53cm (21")53cm (21")53.5cm (21")48cm (19")Waist68.5cm (27")77cm (30.5")86cm (34")94cm (37")DHStomach99cm (39")99.5cm (39")97.5cm (37.5")98.5cm (38.5")100cm (39.5")100cm (39.5")86cm (34")
As per my last estimate that my stomach would measure 95cm in mid Feb, i am now measuring 94cm... not far off at all.

Pre-eclampsia scare

This morning at my midwife appointment, we discussed what i'd been doing to try to turn bub and she suggested one more thing i hadn't tried, which is to prop my hips up with pillows while in bed at night for a while (perhaps read a book), and then not get up but go to sleep. Babies make most of their big movements at night and the tilt will hopefully have moved him out of my pelvis enough for him to turn, and not getting up means he's not being dropped back down again. Her second baby was an unstable lie (breech to transverse and back again, and was still doing that the morning of the external cephalic version) so she had the ecv done - first by a doctor i don't know who wasn't able to turn the baby (which my midwife thought was ridiculous as baby could turn easily herself!) and then by the consultant i saw at 30 weeks, who was able to turn her easily. She then wore a brace for the rest of her pregnancy until she was well into labour, as her baby tried moving out o…

36 and a half weeks... still breech

Had my fifth Webster appointment at the chiro on Saturday, where he said my hips were now even (my left had been twisted forward when we first started) and that there wasn't much else he could do for me, but they would probably revert a little and so i should continue to come in to keep them in alignment, and that he wanted to see me next week. I assumed that meant next Saturday, ie in a week, but discovered no, he wants to see me Tuesday. Hmm. It's $32 a session and i'd rather not spend too much if it's not helping bub turn. I think i'll have to be prepared for that next time and tell them i'll call to schedule an appointment rather than them booking me in as i pay.

I also texted my midwife who i thought should be back from holidays around now. I have an appointment to see her Tuesday also, so i let her know the breech situation and what i'd been doing, and that the hospital were happy to attempt an ecv on me. She replied a few hours later saying sure thin…

Still breech...

Have just had my fourth Webster technique done at the chiropractors. He started off by asking if it was straight to a C section if baby didn't flip, which wasn't entirely confidence inspiring. He also suggested that it if were him in my place, he'd probably not do the ECV as he thinks if baby is breech, he's breech for a reason. I simply reminded him that bub was head down six weeks ago so i know he can be head down.

What i was thinking was more along the lines of, 'thank you for your opinion, i will be going ahead with an ecv!' Assuming of course that i still need it in a week, and that the consultant agrees that i'm a good candidate for it (still a little worried that the midwife's diagnosis of a bicornuate uterus based on bub's position, even though it has never been spotted at an ultrasound, might be taken into account and that would mean they wouldn't do the procedure on me. I'm not worried if i do have one and they do the procedure, be…

Homemade Krispy Kreme donuts!

In an effort to take my mind off the breech situation, i googled for a Krispy Kreme donut recipe, and came across this site:

The recipe was pretty simple, and not too much sugar, and i had all the ingredients... so now i have donuts :)

I only changed one thing which was the yeast - i used a full packet which was about 1 tbsp.


1 package yeast - about 1 tablespoon of dried yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup of warm milk
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg
25 grams butter - softened to room temperature

Stir the yeast into the warm water in a large bowl. I put the milk in the microwave for 45 seconds, the butter in for 10 second increments until about 30 seconds. Didn't worry about warming the egg, just mixed it in right after the milk, and then added everything else and mixed until it was smooth and i could see from the stretchiness that the gluten was working. Cover the bo…

Changed my mind

I don't want to do this anymore. Can we change our minds?

Baby still hasn't flipped after two Webster sessions at the chiro, heaps of hands and knees positions watching tv and on the computer, trying to sit with knees lower than hips, inversions off the couch, breech tilts (which are no longer relaxing and really starting to hurt my back), homeopathic Pulsatilla, accupressure on bladder point 67, in the pool holding onto the step with my stomach down in the water to give him room to move, and listening to a Hypnobirthing script designed to turn a breech baby. I'm still getting kicked in the cervix and losing hope fast.

Next chiro appointment is on Tuesday. He asked me on Saturday if the baby had flipped and seemed surprised that he hadn't.

I hate the thought of my beautiful flat stomach being sliced open and scarred. We've decided footling breech is too risky to attempt for a vaginal birth, due to the risk of cord prolapse. I don't want a C section. Really real…