I had a question in regards to Belly Mapping. I have your book, and I was trying to figure out baby's position this evening, but I'm finding it hard due to an anterior Placenta (that feels like it is shifted more to my mid-left). At 38 weeks, baby turned breech, and I can't figure out up from down anymore because I have focused on it so much. Tonight, I have felt a foot go high up into my left ribs (past the bulge I feel in the upper middle-right), and it rotates all the way down to navel level on my left side (but never any lower). I also have something firmly engaging in my pelvis. So anatomically speaking, wouldn't it be physically impossible for baby to get their foot that high in my rib cage if he or she were still breech, while engaged? Another thing I wonder about, is that I have difficulty finding the heart beat, but when I do, it is usual around my belly button on the right side...would that still be possible with a vertex baby?
I knew baby was breech from belly mapping to begin with, and from the help of a friend of mine. It was very obvious little baby was footling breech to start at 38 weeks, because nothing was in my pelvis but feet, and the head was very firm, hard, and warm, and able to wiggle without moving the body. I don't believe in Ultrasounds, so we have been doing everything with feel (except once, when I had bleeding, which confirmed the Placenta to be anterior and high above my cervix, as I thought we had lost the baby. It also confirmed baby is healthy, so I am not worried about why he/she chose a breech position).
Any ways, since then, I have had nights with a ton of movement. After a while, it became obvious that little baby's feet were no longer down, and that he or she had put themselves in a frank breech position, because a bum was down in my pelvis, but feet and hand movement were all up high, and the head still wiggled on it's own. Recently though, that bulge that used to be where a head sat has changed. It seems larger, squishier, and when I try to grasp it to wiggle it, it hides on me. I also feel small movements wiggle past my pubic cartilage, and a large, kicking movement way up high in my ribs on the left, as well as belly button level, or slightly higher on my middle-to right side. In front (I am positive baby is posterior, regardless of vertex or breech), I feel limbs slowly roll across, like knees, or elbows. Last night, I realized that the thing kicking me strongly on the ribs, would only go as low as my belly button on my left side, and I could feel the buldge of it up top at the same time I was experiencing tiny movement also on my left side down near my pubic area. With babies heads being disproportionate to their bodies, I recall their legs only reaching mouth area, and I began thinking, that if something is engaged in my pelvis, and this little appendage can make it past my buldge up top, then it has to be a vertex baby with their foot kicking upwards, or a breech baby with their arm above their head. However, as I said, I can feel little movement down below on both sides, so I'm pretty much ruling the possibility that it is a hand out. It also kicks very intensely, at times so hard it feels like my breath is being taken away.
I truly feel that baby is head down now, though. Before, the bulge up top was always so hard, and it would take my breath away as it pushed up and under my ribs, but now I find that it is constantly disappearing on me, as if baby is ROP. I was reading on your website that babies commonly rotate to ROP from breech, so that makes more sense of things for me. I had a start/stop early labor last weekend...nothing intense, but I had a large amount of bloody show, and then went into a pattern of having contractions and soft bowel movements all afternoon, and into the night. That evening, around midnight, I was feeling intense movements...as if baby was dancing around. The following morning, all signs of labor was gone. I think those contractions moved baby out of breech and into ROP.
And a little bit later: I just wanted to send along my Bellymapping diagram. I was able to successfully feel for the location of all the limbs tonight, and I had my husband put his ear to my belly, and listen for the heart beat, and he found it quietly just below my naval, but much louder slightly lower and to the right. -Anonymous Mother, International
[And here is the Belly Map! Firm on the right, biggest kicks in the upper left. Movement right of the center line, as well, both above or at the navel line and especially telling, wiggles on both sides of the center line below the navel but above the pubic bone....
Looking like an ROP Belly Map. And drawn in the last template "pie" on page 10 of one of my Belly Mapping Workbooks!]
It's taken me a while to get back to you, but I wanted to let you know my little one was born unassisted the other day...head down! Yay! She started ROP and ended ROA :)
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Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.