Let's flip baby!

I went in for my 36 week appointment today. I was so excited for this - I'm not sure why. Perhaps because it signified the start of actually talking about delivering the baby?!?

The appointment went great, except for one big part: baby has still not flipped into delivery position. It's in a half breach/half transverse position. 

The options are:

1. Wait to see if baby flips on its own -- doctor said she has only seen one baby do this since she's been practicing (based on baby's current position).

2. Schedule an ECV - external cephalic version. This is a manual manipulation where the doctor attempts to manually move baby in the uterus to the head down position. 

3. Schedule a C-section at 39 weeks.

Sooo.... dilemma.

I really would like to experience a natural birth, especially for my first... I've also heard that the return to running time is much shorter with a natural birth.

The risks with choosing option 2 (version)? It could cause my water to break. It could rupture the cervix. It could cause the umblilical cord to become wrapped around baby or be kinked. Or, it could generally cause baby to go into distress. If any of this happens, it would mean an emergency C-section. 

The other complication with option 2: because I was fit/strong before becoming pregnant, moving baby through my abdominal wall will be much harder and much more painful for me (they booked two doctors for me...). The chances of it working are usually 50/50, but for me will be much lower because of my abdominal strength.

*Sigh* I know those crunches were worth it at the time... but....

So... what did Nate and I decide to do? We're going to try to turn the baby this Wednesday. Nate will go into work late that morning so he can be there. Please, hope for the best!

I have heard that this procedure is as painful as childbirth... (they don't offer pain meds as an option since they want you to be able to tell them when its too much).... I'm hoping to look at warm-up to labor? :)

Send all of your thoughts to baby this week - TURN!

I'll keep you posted!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. So I guess that means we're not running on Wednesday...
    Best of luck, I'll be praying for you and baby.

    1. Looks like we can schedule 3 more weekly "run clubs" before the c-section on the 15th We'll just have to move the Wednesday run to Tuesday the week of the 15th :).

  2. Sending positive turning vibes your way!!! Just like any race... you've got this!

    1. I tried, they tried. No luck. But -- there's a reason for everything. Maybe this just better prepares me for a C-section and I'll be even more giddy/thankful if baby flips and I can deliver naturally!

  3. Just happened up this post and I am asking God to give you a miracle...John 15:7 and Matt 18:19 in Jesus name!! Thank you Jesus for her Miracle Amen.

    1. Thank you for this! I had to look up the passages, they couldn't be more perfect:

      John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you

      Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven

  4. Thinking of you! Ouchies! (which is a word that proves I am not ready for motherhood).

    1. There's nothing wrong with that word! :) It was a little "ouch-y", I will say that :)

  5. Fingers crossed for you, Nichole!! Have you done any of the natural exercises to help turn the baby? I had success turning my first child using this site: http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/breech-bottoms-up/305-body-work-for-breech. Don't know if it'll work for you (and be careful it might cause you some heartburn/nausea) but it might be worth a shot! Good luck and keep us posted!