Yesterday I went up to the University Hospital and got an ultrasound as a preliminary step in getting a version to turn this baby girl around. Well everything was great except that my amniotic fluid levels were quite low. Much too low to do a version, and low enough to cause concern that something could be wrong with the baby. The OB said many of his colleagues would recommend doing a c-section that night since I'm considered full term and the baby is breech anyway. He recommended we do a non stress test where we spend an hour or so on the fetal heart rate monitors and make sure the baby is happy. I opted to go to my midwife's office to do this instead of the staying at the hospital. And happily, baby is doing great.
I'm currently on orders to "hydrate like hell" and take it super easy today in hopes that I can get my fluid levels up. I will go back bright and early tomorrow morning for another ultrasound to see if they've risen. Hopefully they will be high enough that we can then attempt to turn her. A breech vaginal delivery is definitely an option, but it really complicates my homebirth plans. I REALLY want to get this child head down.
This has been such a great pregnancy and its been really nice to not have the preterm labor that I had with Asher, but its hard not to get discouraged right now. I SO SO SO want a peaceful homebirth. I have worked and prepared so much for this. Most importantly I want a healthy baby. And I want her to have a beautiful natural start to life.... not cut out of me if its not absolutely necessary.
So now I need more prayers. Prayers that my levels will go up. That she'll turn. That I'll feel peace about all this. It's really comforting to know that people are praying for me.