Turn Baby Turn

It’s not easy to type this way, with my butt in the air. But if it makes a difference, it’s worth it.
I’ve been conferring with my sometimes friend, sometimes foe Google lately. For the last several weeks, my baby has been in a posterior position. During most of the pregnancy, I was only concerned about her being head-down as opposed to breech – because breech pretty much guarantees a c-section. So I was pleased when my last several ultrasounds showed that she was head down. She’s also facing foward, with her back against my back. This is called a posterior position, and I remembered hearing that it wasn’t the ideal position.
I didn’t give it much thought until I mentioned it to a couple of friends who have babies. The looks on their faces were a bit alarming, so I turned to Google for advice.
What I found wasn’t pretty. Lots of talk about labors that start late, are really painful, progress slowly (or not at all), with lots of back pain and – after all that – often end in a c-section after the baby can’t make it out on her own.
Holy crap.
I asked my doctor about it, and she doesn’t seem too concerned. But Google! Google is very concerned!
I’ve been reading several websites that offer suggestions for encouraging babies to turn into the correct position. The number one suggestion seems to be to spend hours on your hands and knees.
I don’t want to. First of all, it’s just a little wierd. Second of all, we have hardwood floors. Thirdly, I enjoy reclincing on the couch – which the websites say may be one reason baby is turned the way she is.
But at the same time, I want to give baby and myself the best chance at a decent labor experience, so I’m committing myself to trying some of these techniques for a week. Then when I go to the doctor next week, I’ll see if baby has turned at all, and then decide if this campaign is worth continuing. Turn baby turn!