On Monday, March 23rd, I had a non-stress test for the baby and an ultrasound done to check the amniotic fluid level. Praise God, the results for both tests were normal! However, during the ultrasound, the technician discovered that Little One #3 is not in position yet, she was laying sideways and not head-down. I will be considered full-term by tomorrow, Saturday. I saw the midwife last night and checked the position of the baby again and she was still fully sideways.
I am scheduled for an external version on Monday @ 10am. The doctor will basically use an ultrasound to aid him in manually turning the baby. The risk for this procedure is an immediate C-section if the baby goes in distress. The good news is that the doctor who will be doing this will not force the baby to move if he doesn't think she will and he has never had to do a C-section during this procedure.
If the external version is successful and the baby is turned, then I would be set to go into labor.
If the external version is not successful and the baby is still in a transverse position, fully laying sideways, when I go into labor, a C-section is required. There is no way to vaginally deliver a transverse baby.
In the meantime, the midwife has given us some things to do to encourage the baby to move into position. One is the get on all 4s and rub the baby towards the direction she needs to go. Another is to get mysel upside down or at least my bottom higher to encourage the Little One's head to float up, which might encourage her to move in the right direction. Another is to shine a flash light where her head should be because Little Ones are inquisitive and she may want to see what the light is all about. Another is to just lean forward over the counter to give enough room for the Little One to move. We will be doing these things throughout the weekend.
We hope all our endeavors work.
Our hope and desire is to avoid a C-section.
"One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock." -Psalm 27:4,5
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" -Psalm 91:1,2