Third Trimester + Breech Baby ECV

Can’t believe we are in the final stretch! Writing this at 39 weeks and 6 days and it feels like I will be pregnant FOR.EV.URRR. What they say is true, the last two weeks have been the slowest of my life. Everything hurts and getting out of bed or rolling over is now classified as an olympic sport. I just can’t wait for this baby to be here!

Karyssa Coasta Photography

Karyssa Coasta Photography

H O W A R E Y O U F E E L I N G - -

Writing this before 36 weeks: The third trimester FLEW by and honestly I thought it would. We were so busy with travel and work every week of May we were on a flight! I was relieved when I hit the 32-34 week mark which meant no more flying or long travel days and we could just chill. I honestly felt great and like I wasn’t even pregnant most days! I do work from home which I 100% am so thankful for and definitely think has contributed to a smooth and easy pregnancy. Still working out consistently, going to weddings and on work trips, feeling good…

Writing this after 36 weeks: After we found out baby boy was breech, it felt like time slowed wayyy down. Immediately following our 36 week doctors appointment, I started all the different exercises and positions to try and flip the baby: butt laying on the couch, head laying on the floor; down dog yoga pose; knees on the couch, head on the floor; acupuncture for breech babies; moxibustion both professionally and at home; flashlight at the bottom of my belly; music towards the vag - literally tried everything. We went back a week later and confirmed he was still breech (lil stinker) and went ahead and weighed our options:

  1. Wait and see if he flips naturally closer to birth - a lot of people told me they’ve felt their baby flip days or even hours before birth. Although this would be most ideal, it was obviously risky to wait and see if he would flip or not and since he was basically full term, he wouldn’t be getting any smaller which would mean it would be harder to flip around.

  2. Schedule a c-section - our doctor/hospital does not attempt to deliver breech babies so if he didn’t flip, I would 100% have to have a cesarian. Not the end of the world but definitely not our first choice.

  3. Try an ECV (External Cephalic Version) procedure - this is basically where my doctor would manually try to flip from the outside of my stomach. I’d seen mixed reviews on it being anywhere from painless and no problem to excruciating pain and unsuccessful.

We went with option 3 and scheduled an ECV when I around 38.5 weeks pregnant. Being my first baby, the doctor had already warned us my uterus and stomach muscles were tighter which meant there was not a huge amount of room for him to flip around with whatever option we decided.

E C V P R O C E D U R E --

Ryan and I showed up to the hospital at 6 AM on ECV day and got checked in. They started me on an IV and checked all the vitals of the baby and I. Both prior at our last appointment and the day of, we had an ultrasound to make sure the umbilical cord wasn’t wrapped around the baby or in the way and there was enough fluid, etc… Doctor showed up around 7:30 AM and soon enough we were going for attempt #1. I wanted to try to do it without any pain meds, thinking it should be a quick procedure and the baby would just flip as the doctor gently guided him.. lol no. First, the doctor had to push him OUT of my pelvis/birthing canal and up further into my ribs. From there he grabbed the baby’s butt as hard as he could and then pushed his head while using all his force to make sure the baby didn’t fall back into the pelvis. Our doctor was literally shaking from all the force he was using trying to maneuver the baby up and out and through the hardest part, which was when he is horizontal in my stomach. I was closing my eyes, couldn’t help but moan pretty loudly, and was squeezing Ryan’s hand as hard as I could. The doctor and nurse stopped at about 1/4 of the way through - not even to the horizontal part yet - and could see my face was flushed white and I felt like I was going to pass out. Feeling pretty discouraged on how much more I could take and how much I was worrying about the baby, our doctor recommended getting a spinal to numb and relax the area from tensing up. It was a tough decision because I had previously had my heart set on a natural unmedicated birth, but we opted for it and I was hooked up to the IV fluids. About an hr later, we went back to the operating room, which is where they had to do it for risks of emergency c-section, and I got a half dose of the spinal so I could still feel some things and move my legs up and down. The doctor then started on attempt #2 and I just remember closing my eyes, Ryan coaching me through by helping visualize our local beach aka “happy place” and in what seemed like no time, they showed us the ultrasound and we saw the baby had flipped!! I started crying I was so happy! From there, we stayed in the hospital for about 3-4 more hours to monitor the baby and make sure he was okay (he was such a champ and was doing so well on the stress tests) and letting the spinal wear off for me. We walked out of the hospital and made it home around 1 PM that day where I napped for like 4-5 hrs the rest of the afternoon haha.

The day(s) following the ECV were pretty brutal as well. At first I was like oh man this is great, baby is flipped, now we just wait for him to get here… no again. I had bruising on my stomach where the doctor pushed him up and out and at the top where he guided his head down and my back was supppper sore and stiff from the spinal needle. I started having these lightning pains down my groin and leg which kind of feels like right when you think your muscle is going to cramp or spasm - called round ligament pain and lightning crotch (lol). Basically now that the baby was flipped his (bigger) head was going down into my pelvis super quickly vs. regular babies who gradually grow that way, and stretching the ligaments thin. It would come out of no where so I honestly felt like I had Tourette’s from randomly yelling out and having a body spasm haha funny now but definitely not then..

Even though the ECV was extremely painful, I would 100% do it over again for the chance of flipping the baby and giving us a shot at a natural birth. I also know I could not have done it without my husband there helping make the decisions and being rock throughout the whole process.

Karyssa Coasta Photography

Karyssa Coasta Photography

Here I am writing this at 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant, impatiently waiting for baby boy to arrive and sooo ready to try labor! It sounds crazy but I’m very excited for the whole “going into labor” experience and trying to work through it with Ryan and my mom here. We are hoping for a natural birth, but I’m definitely not against pain meds after this last baby encounter. I opted to not have a birth plan after finding out little man was breech because it just confirmed you cannot predict anything and I honestly have no idea what to expect! I can read all the blogs and birth stories possible, but each baby and birth is completely different. Being a planner/scheduler/control freak, I’m seeing this is the first lesson having a baby is teaching me as a parent.. to go with the flow and take everything one step at a time. All I care about is leaving the hospital with a strong and healthy baby boy!

C R A V I N G S - -

  • Chocolate milk

  • Blueberry muffins + waffles

  • Ice cream sandwiches

  • Honey crisp apples

3 months - 6 months - 9 months

3 months - 6 months - 9 months

In the final stretch!!!! Literally cannot wait for baby to get here and to finally meet him! Any guesses on when he will show up??


Baby Registry (Pre-Baby)

Since before getting pregnant, I knew I didn’t want my life and house to become a rainbow circus full of baby crap and toys when having kids and wanted to be very minimal (I may eat these words later down the road lol). Here are some of the baby items we’ve registered or purchased for baby boy’s upcoming arrival!

Karyssa Coasta Photography (14 weeks pregnant)

Karyssa Coasta Photography (14 weeks pregnant)

Let me just preface this post saying when we got pregnant, I had NO idea about anything baby related. We’re talking like never-held-a-baby-or-changed-a-diaper in my life…. starting from scratch. Babies sleep in this?? And they need that?? I honestly didn’t even think about what a baby needs or what we needed to get to bring a human into the world and into our home until the second trimester, but after research and figuring out my ‘baby style’ I’m pretty happy with what we decided to register for and purchase. Obviously a baby-rookie here so please take this blog post with a grain of salt haha.

The Nuna Tavo stroller and car seat travel system was the only baby thing I completely fell head-over-heels love with and had to have. It was definitely a pricer item but it includes both the car seat and convertible stroller which we can use for years. The PIPA lite car seat is actually the lightest car seat on the market and has the highest safety reviews - chic and efficient. I may or may not push this stroller around the house in anticipation :D

I’ve seen this highly recommended by other mamas so we will see! I like that you don’t have to un-swaddle the baby for a diaper change if needed.

If you know, then you KNOW. Barefoot Dreams material is the softest material everrrrrrrr. Still have the robe on my wishlist. I’m obsessed with this baby blanket and can’t wait to cuddle him up in this :) Literally a dream.

I wasn’t sold on needing a baby swing in the house until hanging out with friends who had babies and seeing how much their babies loved it. This one is super cool because it comes with an app that you can control the motion, speed, sounds, and on/off right from your phone. These are pricey compared to other swings, but I actually found one for half the price on my local Facebook Marketplace from a mama who’s baby simply didn’t like it and was only used a few times. HIGHLY recommend Facebook Marketplace if you live in a quality area and use your best judgement when buying anything online.

We are currently in a 2-bedroom home and didn’t want to give up the guest room, so we will have a guest room/ nursery set up and keep the baby in our room for the first few months of his life. It was so hard for me to find a baby bassinet that was not the rainbow-unicorn-football print that makes me want to vomit until I stumbled upon this beauty. Another pricey item I fell in love with (why are you like this Rachel). However, again I hit the Facebook Marketplace jackpot and found one of these locally from a mama who just had her baby and they decided to co-sleep and didn’t need it anymore. It is basically brand new and I took it home for $100! Everything is machine washable so yeah… chalking that one up for a win.

I found this faux leather diaper bag on Amazon for like $40 and so far love it! Saying this without actually using it yet lol but the size, pockets, potential, etc.. amazing. There are pockets, zippers, and handles everywhere for everything and I’m actually really excited to use this diaper bag! Who am I…

I knew I wanted to be a baby-carrying-mama so I registered for this adorable cream linen sling and a black Boba Baby Wrap for outfit options. Can’t wait to strap him on and enjoy the ride!

These black and white flash card things are supposed to be great for baby brain and visual development and I’ve seen multiple mamas recommend them. The sweet new mama who gifted us these from our registry said her little one LOVED them and looked at them the whole time during diaper changes and tummy time.

There are SO many gadgets for babies that I had absolutely no idea about which can definitely get overwhelming. Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to go minimal, but still will get the gear if I think it will best suit our lifestyle. I know I didn’t want to put everything in the dishwasher or wash never ending bottles manually, so this seemed like our best option. It is an automatic steamer, sterilizer, drier, milk warmer, and food heater all in one and about the size of a blender on the countertop. Sounds great to me so we’ll see if this was the best option after all.

Yep - salivating just thinking of a glass of red wine.

Going to try to stick with glass bottles for as long as possible. I know this won’t last forever when he starts holding (and throwing) them himself haha. I’ve heard good things about Dr. Brown’s, Phillips Advent, and Comotomo baby bottles so I’m sure we will have to go through a little experimenting until we find the best match!

Love the texture and feel of the 100% cotton muslin blankets - so soft! I went with this material for all the swaddle blankets, burp cloths, and wash cloths.

I definitely like the look of the Sunggle Me vs. the Dock-a-tot and it’s SO soft. I feel like this will come in handy when we’re spending a lazy Saturday morning in bed or hanging out on the couch :) If I was a baby I would love to lay in this thing!

Karyssa Coasta Photography

Karyssa Coasta Photography

I’ve loved looking at what other Mamas have used and loved so I hope you’ve found this helpful! I definitely have it on my radar to make a post-baby item blog with all the items we actually used and loved.. can’t believe how soon that will be! :)


Any other must-haves from my experienced Mamas out there?

Everything Second Trimester

H O W A R E Y O U F E E L I N G - -

Not going to lie, the second trimester was hard. Not physically, but emotionally. I went through a lot of ups and downs that I never thought I’d have to think about at this time in my life. The one constant has been how strong my love for Ryan, our family, and this little baby is and how they’ve kept me from falling apart.

On a lighter note.. the second trimester is where it’s at! All the little bits of nausea and body aches felt in the first trimester went away for me. I could still fit into some of my regular clothes and honestly I would forget I was carrying this guy inside me most days! the beginning at least. My taste buds for the regular (healthy) foods I usually ate came back, which was refreshing to know I wasn’t going to be limited to meals of scrambled egg sandwiches and burgers for the rest of my life.

I went through a crazy nesting phase already - lets call it mid-pregnancy-crisis?? - and sold both of our sofas and all of our guest bedroom furniture, ordered a new sectional and dresser, and got our second bedroom more set up to be a guest room/nursery. I’ve found myself googling how to remove stains from the stove top and figuring out how to bleach my bathtub? Things I’ve never thought or cared about before. Bless Ryan’s heart for just going along with it and helping move all the furniture where I wanted it lol love you Ry. We actually sold his truck too!! We loved that thing and would sleep in the back bed where he had built a custom queen size platform for our camping trips. It was a sad day, but it only had one row of seats aka not the best for fitting a baby car seat, and there are better things coming. ;)

Some beautiful things that happened during the second trimester were: our babymoon to Italy along the Amalfi Coast!! my baby shower!! (both blog post coming soon) and going through confirmation! I had been going to classes with Ryan as my sponsor the past year and was finally confirmed Catholic on Easter weekend! His mom and dad came out to be with us for the weekend since my mother-in-law was also one of my sponsors. Such a beautiful weekend and I’m so thankful to be able to bring this baby into a loving, supportive, Christian family as well as strengthen my relationship with God.

We found out around 24 weeks that baby boy was measuring big (already over 2 lbs!) so they moved up my due date by 8 days!! I didn’t know that was a thing this late in the game, but that would explain all the kicks and wiggles I’ve felt since about 14 weeks that have been getting stronger and stronger. Can’t wait to put a little face to all that movement :)

W O R K O U T S - -

I’m definitely more of a cautious pregnant person in terms of working out - listening to my body and cutting down the frequency/intensity of my previous workouts. I haven’t ran or jumped since being pregnant and I know that is totally a mental thing, but I prefer the stair master (said no one ever), the elliptical, and just walking outside on beautiful days for cardio. I’m rounding the second trimester out at gaining around 19 lbs so far. My weight gain has been very strange, just like the first trimester, I gained like 10 lbs in a matter of two weeks and then just kind of hung out there. The best thing about pregnancy so far.. letting the belly hang out with no cares.

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

C R A V I N G S - -

  • Gummy worms + gummy bears

  • Peanut butter + bananas

  • Fried rice + orange chicken

F A V O R I T E P R O D U C T S - -

I bit the bullet and started ordering maternity wear and let me tell you.. life changing. I thought I was going to be one of those mamas who would try to postpone the maternity clothes for as long as possible, but it just feel so much better with a few maternity staples. I’m also the type of person who can be in paradise and a little chilly, making me completely uncomfortable and miserable, so I should have known any inconvenience would annoy me. With that being said, I am only buying the bare minimum on a budget… leggings, one pair of jeans, a few dresses. Here are some of my favorite things that have gotten me through the growing bump so far:

Pregnant Mamas - what have been your favorite items during your pregnancy??

Thanks for checking in and looking forward to sharing more in the future.. can’t believe baby countdown is under 10 WEEKS!