Well, the 32 week scan didn’t turn out quite as I was expecting. I suppose in some ways it did, in that the baby was once again described as ‘awkward’ but now it’s starting to have some potential ramifications.
Firstly, extended breech. Again. Just like at 28 weeks. This means that her feet were up around her head, with her bottom down in my pelvis. So no chance of confirming the gender then, which to be honest was all I really had on my mind as everything has been going so well up to now.
And it’s not not going well now. Baby seems healthy and the heartbeat was there and strong. My urine and blood pressure is absolutely fine, which is really positive.
However, her position meant she was really awkward to measure. They only managed to get the head measurement and one of the legs. So although my bump is still measuring just below the 50th percentile, where is always had, the baby measured at just on the 10th. This has triggered a growth scan at 34 weeks. Because, you know, you can never have enough scans! I’m hoping that the lack of measurements and the awkwardness of baby’s position means that they’ve simply measured wrong. But at least we’ve got another scan now so they can check.
Because she’s still breech, in the same position as at 28 weeks, the doctor declared that we’d have to have another scan at 36 weeks to see if she’s still breech then (we were already booked in for a 36 week scan anyway so this isn’t additional, I suppose they’ll just be looking for something else at the same time as the general monitoring).
If the baby is still breech at 36 weeks, apparently we have a few options. Firstly, I can go onto delivery suite and they can try to manually turn the baby. This has a risk that it might induce labour, but if it works it will mean I can deliver the baby naturally.
The second option (or if the first doesn’t work) is to go for a planned cesarean. Or, thirdly, if I wish, I can choose to try a vaginal breech delivery. In the doctor’s words, “this is more risky but they would respect my wishes if I wanted to choose this route”.
Something to mull over then! Hopefully she will turn by herself and I won’t need to worry about any of the above…