Post # 1
I am 31 weeks along with my first pregnancy and my little guy has been breech the entire pregnancy (well, at least since the first ultrasound at 12 weeks). He sure is an active little guy; he moves all day long–just not to the spot where he needs to eventually be (yet?). He is laying sideways inside me, meaning, his head by my right hip/side and he spans horizontally to my left side. I keep reading about people getting rib and kicks and some painful jolts to their vaginal areas, but thankfully all of my movement is low an most likely arms and legs (maybe its still too early for a kick with some impact? Idk!).
Anyways, the doctor and friends/family keep telling me not to worry because he will get to where he needs to be. I’m not worried, just curious what others have experienced. My questions are: outside of my final ultrasound in a few weeks, will I be able to feel him make the journey/flip to the right birthing position? Is it painful? Crampy? Were any of you lovely bees in a similar situation with your pregnancy? If so, when did he/she finally find their way? Any help is greatly appreciated!
PS-if there are any weird spellings or crazy words, my apologies. I typed this on my phone because my computer wasn’t cooperating!!
Post # 3
Firstly, hey! Almost EDD twins 🙂
My first was about 32 weeks when she turned and started moving down. So I had quite a bit of pressure down into my pelvis, cervix and on my bladder from then. At 31 weeks they still have time and room to move, so don’t worry. He’s also only slightly turned from the normal position so he doesn’t even have to move very far.
Post # 4
My sister is a week and 2 days from her due date. For most of the pregnancy, the baby was head down and about 2 weeks ago, he was breeched. She went back to the Dr. last Friday and he flipped back heand down.
It would feel like the regular movements the baby usually does.
Post # 5
There’s nothing to worry about if the baby is breeched at 32 weeks. Babies will keep moving (as long as they have room and whatnot to move) up until the end so you have plenty of time for the baby to move into the right position. That being said, some OBs will do an US at about 36 weeks and if the baby is still breeched, they may attempt to manually massage and coax the baby into turning. This can only be done at 37 weeks, I believe. Other OBs may not do an US but can tell by feel which way the baby is facing and may still attempt to turn the baby.
Post # 6
I’m surprised they even told you that he was head up or down at 12 weeks, or even 20 weeks, ultrasounds, when it was just as likely he would have flipped himself around 5 mins later with all that swimming around 🙂 from what I’ve heard/read it’s not even worth worrying about until 32-34 weeks, when things start getting a bit tighter, and even then, only something like 3% of babies are still breech at time of delivery (although lots more get c-sectioned out just in case).
From what I’ve heard from a friend who had babies that turned, she just felt a major somersault movement when it happened (although I doubt everyone would know this is what they’d experienced).
Hang in there, plenty of time for him to sort himself out 🙂 apparently there is a website called spinning babies with ideas for how to help babies change position (according to a midwife, some are logical, some are a bit whacky!!)
Post # 7
With my sister’s baby, she could feel her moving around. Occasionally, she’d start agressively rolling or flipping over. We referred to it as her alligator death roll.
Post # 8
Thanks, ladies, for all of your responses! 🙂 You are all very helpful!
@angela85: Yes, almost due date twins! 🙂 I noticed that in another thread! 🙂 I also never thought about his positioning the way you posed his position….just sideways and not too far off from where he should be! It could be worse, he could be feet down. Or, like my sister’s second baby, positioned like he was sliding into second base!
@tiff-tiff-tiff: Maybe my boy is already heading in the right direction because yesterday he was SO active! Hopefully my Dr can check me out on Wedenesday at my appointment!
@lilbluebird: Oh my, I am hoping that they don’t try to manually turn the baby. I’d rather have a section! My sister’s Dr. did that and it left her very bruised and the trauma from that turning sent her into labor the very next day (4 weeks early!).
@hamikay: It does seem strange that they told me he was sideways so early….maybe it was a little later than 12 weeks that I knew, but I have also had more than the average number of ultrasounds since getting pregnant (8, actually, for medical reasons, although myself and the baby are very healthy), so I have had lots of reporting on what’s going on with him! Also, I’m carrying like I am wearing a spare tire…..not like the average, full top to bottom pregnant belly. I feel like his positioning is why I look like that for my whole pregnancy. I’ll have to search that website out!! It sounds interesting and entertaining! 🙂
@HonoraryNerd: Ha! Alligator death roll! Yesterday was a day like that for me! Maybe he flipped!!
Post # 9
I’m 35 weeks and one of our twins has been flipping up and down and sideways for the last few weeks. Like you, I’m hoping she settles the right way!
Post # 10
@UK Bride: Oh my goodness!! I hope she does, too!! Congrats on twins!! 🙂
Post # 11
@MusicBee76: about half an hour after replying I had to take my own advice, because I found out my previously head down baby girl is currently transverse, at 34 weeks! But my OB did not seem the last bit concerned, she said there is still plenty of time to get into position. Deep breaths 🙂 personally, I would opt to try turning before a c-section, I’m quite scared of the idea of surgery.
Post # 12
I’m in the same boat as you. 30w and baby’s been sitting upright with his head under my ribs for the entire pregnancy so far. I’m hoping he’ll sort himself out soon, but I’ll definitely try to turn him if he doesn’t.
@UK Bride: My twin sister was breech at delivery, but since I was born first it was easier than usual for them to do a breech vaginal delivery, so it turned out to be no problem. Hopefully your little lady will turn though. Good luck!
Post # 13
My son was frank breech (feet up by his head) the entire time and never ended up turning, so I ended up having a c-section. I declined to have the procedure done where they try to make the baby turn, though.
At 30ish weeks your baby still has plenty of time to turn. My OB said they generally don’t worry about it until around 36/37 weeks.
Hope your LO turns head down for you!
Post # 14
If your baby i still breech when it matter, google “spinning babies”, or see a chiropracter. They can be very helpful with those things 🙂 Best of luck!
Post # 15
I think your baby will turn!
I had a friend whose baby moved into position super early, flipped back into breech two weeks before her due date, and flipped again just in time for her delivery!
Post # 16
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In my prenatal yoga class, the instructor teaches positions to help the baby into position– maybe look into something like?