Post # 1
Found out this morning, little girl is breech or possibly transverse. I am starting my 37th week and we have to make a decision to do a manual inversion (manipulate the baby using ultrasound monitor/viewing) by later today–scheduled for Monday. They say it’s only 60% effective (if that) and chance of emergency c-section if something happens during the somewhat painful external procedure.
We are leaning to opt-out, with the possibility of a mandatory c-section looming @ 39th week if she doesn’t turn on her own in the meantime. Any words of advice, encouragement, related stories or helpful insight?
Post # 3
My friend’s little guy was breech at 37 weeks, and she opted to not attempt manual inversion. Instead she read a lot about methods to try to get the baby to turn on its own and tried a lot of them, and her little guy did end up turning prior to her going into labour. It could happen!
Also: keep in mind that the baby can turn back to breech even if they external inversion is successful – I work in NICU at the hospital, and have a few c-sections where the manual was initially successful, but the baby flipped back into breech position.
Post # 4
No first hand advice by me giving birth, but I was born breech. My mom had a c-section and they were hoping I’d turn on my own, but I didn’t. Hardheaded even then.:) They also didn’t try to manually move me. Maybe they didn’t do that back in 1981, or else my mom just didn’t want to.LOL
Post # 5
Have you been doing other methods to try and turn bub? Bubs might move yet… My DS wasn’t breech but at 40w he wasn’t engaged (first child so very unusual) and he went down there at 40w+1. So babies do move when they’re ready I guess.
Post # 6
I was born breech, they did not know my mom was in the hospital ready to have me. She had an emergency c-section and everything turned out fine, she did not have my brothers till many years later and even though they were not breech she still ended up having to have c-sections for other reasons.
Post # 7
You still have time for the baby to turn!!! Don’t give up yet! If you do end up having a C-section remember its not the end of the world! After having one c-section and getting ready to have my second, they aren’t as bad as they are cracked up to be. Most of the anti C-section stories come from woman who have never had one. Its still an amazing experience that you and your husband will both get to witness and once you get out of the hospital you realize that “hey that wasn’t so bad after all”. Good luck hun! No matter how your little one is getting here its a great and wonderful time your going through! =D
Post # 8
I haven’t tried any other methods to get her to turn but underwater headstands sound intriguing. Thank you BEEs, for helping me to get a better perspective and a more positive outlook. I really appreciate your comments. We ended up NOT having the version (ECV) done and will patiently await for our baby’s best/safest entry, whatever that may look like. 🙂
Post # 9
No experience myself, but I was born breech (feet first, not butt first). I was a natural birth, they were prepping my mom for a c-section, but I guess I didn’t want to wait that long so she ended up having me vaginally.
Post # 10
@808bride: I just wanted to wish you well for your upcoming delivery! I wanted to tell you that I have to have a c-section for any children we have (due to the fibroid surgery I had last month) and at first I wasn’t happy about it, but I’ve come to realize that the most important thing is to have a healthy pregancy and healthy baby, no matter what type of delivery is necessary. While I know you don’t want to have a c-section (and I hope you don’t have to), if you do, I wish you all the best and I’m sure everything will be just fine! 🙂
Post # 11
I can’t believe your baby is almost here!
I really hope that the manual version is successful, but if a baby wants to be breech, nothing is going to prevent them from flipping back. If there is a possibility of success, though, maybe it is worth a try.
Sorry, it’s all cost benefit for what’s best for your family… but no matter how baby shows up, it’s going to be an amazing moment!!!
Post # 12
My son was breech and we tried the manual version. DON’T DO IT. It was 100 times more painful than the c-section. And every time they turned my son and moved their hands, he turned right back. After about 10 minutes of them pushing my stomach I said “F’ this. You gotta stop sign me up for a c-section”. My stomach was sore FOR DAYS. After the c-section with the meds, my incision was only numb. By The Way my c’section scar is teeny tiny and you honestly can’t see it with my undies on.
Good luck to you, but remember the most important thing is having a healthy baby not the type of delivery you choose.
Post # 13
@808bride:I had a breech baby the whole last trimester – apparently 95% of babies turn heads down by birth, but I just knew my baby was very happy where he was. I tried a bunch of things to get him to move, but I think it was all a waste of time and $ (laying with hips up, accupuncture, etc). We tried an external version in week 37 (my doctor is successful 75% of the time). Apparently a lot of people get epidurals for the versions, although I didn’t. It was only about 10 minutes and it hurt like hell. In the end the little guy wouldn’t budge so I had a scheduled c-section. I am not sure I would do the version again, it was pretty brutal.
It wasn’t the birth I had wanted, but I had a few days to get used to the idea which was helpful. And if you have to do a c-section, scheduled is the way to go (vs. after hours and hours of labor). Honestly, it was pretty easy. After the morphine wore off, I never took anything stronger than Motrin. The first few weeks home I had a hard time getting around, but then I improved leaps and bounds. I was cleared to exercise after 5 weeks. The scar is not bad and on the upside, your lady bits don’t get blown out with a c-section, so sex was pretty normal as soon as we got the ok. The only thing that really matters is getting that baby out safely and any exit path is going to do damage, it just depends where!! good luck!
Post # 14
Thanks for your input, Ladies! We won’t get the dr. to turn our baby today. The ouch factor (for me or the baby) beat out the 50/50 chance and possible U-turn of baby regardless.
@Janna yes, it helps to have time to get used to the idea, seeing as I skipped all those sections in the baby books I was reading. It’s good to know how well you recovered so quickly too. I’m not too concerned with scarring as I have previous surgeries: ureter reimplantation and appendicitis so that is something I’m used to living with. And yes, clear the way for the safest/healthiest exit path. *Lady bits: haha!
Post # 15
Addie was breech through the first few weeks of the third trimester. We started a few “at home” type remedies at about 20 weeks, and she turned by… 32 or 33 weeks, I think. If you haven’t already, check out http://www.spinningbabies.com. It has a bunch of techniques for turning breech babies, some more effective than others. Also, there are some homeopathic remedies that have as good or better success ratings than the manual inversion; specifically, I’m thinking of the Webster technique preformed by a chiropractor or acupuncture/acupressure.
Even if you do end up with a c-section, it isn’t the end of the world; but there are other options if you want to try to turn the baby, too. 🙂
Post # 16
My best friend’s baby was breech up until the week she went into labour! He turned on his own. They had every thing planned for the c-section one week before he was born. She got an ultrasound the morning of her c-section, and he had turned around on his own! Don’t give up hope! She also went swimming several times a week!