So we’re trying a few things to get the baby to turn.
The first thing I did was go to my friend who is an Alexander Techniques instructor -and also a midwife. She taught me how stand, sit and walk without wrenching my neck as I do by habit. This puts less pressure on the spine and hips and generally gives the whole bump more room. When I remember, I feel a remarkable difference in energy. Charles has even started doing it. Says it feels like we’re walking with books on our heads. But it just looks like good posture.
She also told me to put my feet up on the wall 3x a day with a pillow under my butt -a bit of gentle upsidedown-ness.
Everyonce in a while I’ll do a handstand in the pool.
My friend Lisa, a maternity nurse, told me that for low fluids they recommend lots of water and bedrest to their patients. So now Charles has become a nap Nazi. Think he might just be a little jealous.
My friend Sharon was told to just visualize the baby turning, which worked for her, so I’m doing that too.
And then on Tuesday I went for acupuncture. They stuck in a few needles and I had a lovely nap. And then she held a cigar-shaped burning stick above my little toe just far enough away so it doesn’t burn. She gave me two sticks and told me to do it for 20 minutes 2x a day for 5 days. So each night now, Charles and I go to the back patio and sit there in the smoke and the whole house smells of it when you walk in. The baby has been much more active though, especially at night so we’ll see.
And finally, they also suggested that I may have a cold liver and I’m not to eat anything raw or cold -ie directly from the fridge for the next 5 days. It’s been harder than I thought -no humous, no cottage cheese, having to turn on the stove…
So there you go. All worth a try, I figure. Either way, by Sunday morning I’ll be back to slouching over my cold-milk covered muesli.