Post # 1
Hey ladies! I’m 37 weeks 3 days today and at my appointment the doc said he’s pretty confident the baby is breech. A couple weeks ago, a different doctor was also confident that the baby was head down. She feels the same to me, same hard bump a few inches below my ribcage (one doctor said that was her butt, the other says it’s her head). The doctor today wasn’t even going to check until I asked him to. So, some people are saying “don’t worry, you have time.” Other things I’m reading say the chances of her turning at this point are very slim (this is my first pregnancy).
Maybe it’s the hormones, but this news is hitting me way harder than I expected. I’m all for “get the baby out safely” but I have some other medical issues that make a c-section potentially problematic and I’m scared of dealing with the aftermath. My OBs have been saying all along that we need to try to avoid c-section. Despite thinking I would be chill about whatever path my baby’s birth takes, I’m also feeling very sad about the prospect of not getting to experience going into labor, having a vaginal birth, etc. I know how incredibly lucky I am to be pregnant with a healthy baby and going through an otherwise healthy pregnancy, but I’m struggling to stay positive.
So, I could use some positive stories! Baby turning into the right position late, tips or tricks to turn the baby, or positive c-section stories. In the meantime, I’m trying a lot of different things: acupuncture, webster method chiro, spinning babies exercises.
Thank you xoxo
Post # 2
A lot of babies turn sometime in the last month! You still have time mama! Here’s a good article with some tips:
Post # 4
Is there anyway you could get a third opinion? I know babies can turn, but if one doctor said the baby isnt breech and the other said she is, i would want to be 100% sure before trying to rotate her or anything.
Post # 5
lifeisbeeutiful : saratiara2 : thank you!! I’m going to try all the things, lol. I just wish the doctors had checked her position earlier. Until I started looking into it today, I didn’t even realize that women are aware of and can try to correct breech positions before 38 weeks.
Post # 6
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I used to work with an OBGYN that did accupuncture, and used moxibustion to help turn a breech baby. There’s some other things you can try the previous pp’s article outlines (really well!).
chances are, there’s a reason your baby has chosen that position. Those reasons: the shape of your uterus, length of the cord, location of the placenta, and other magical and unknowable things. sometimes we just need to practice acceptance of something over which we have minimal control. I wish you the best of luck!
Post # 7
Has your Dr sent you for a scan to confirm Baby’s position?
Post # 8
My baby was a crazy turner those last few weeks. Like he was head down at 36 weeks, breech at 37 weeks, transverse at 38 weeks, finally head down at 39 weeks. But my OB brought in a portable ultrasound each time to check position. I would be requesting a scan soon because at a certain point 38-39 weeks, they can try to manually turn baby, but after that a c section I believe is only option.
Post # 9
My second child was breech nearly the whole pregnancy. We finally decided she must just be really comfy like that! I had to have a repeat c section with her, and it was so, so much easier compared to my first pregnancy (an emergency c section). Stress free and no complications, plus we have a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
I would try not to worry about it too much. So many things are out of our control with our bodies and our deliveries. The most important thing is that you have a healthy baby, and that you’re healthy too. Best wishes!
Post # 10
I had a breech baby who just couldn’t make the turn. I tried everything and I felt her trying like crazy too, but I think she didn’t turn early enough and then just got too big. I was actually devastated that I wouldn’t be able to experience labor and a natural delivery. It was something that felt really important to me, and I was so sad I had to miss it. Now she’s almost six months old, and it doesn’t really bother me anymore. I think when you’re pregnant, the birth process can feel like a huge deal. But, in my experience at least, the more time you spend as a mother, the less significant the birth seems.
Post # 11
Hi, my baby was head down at 36 weeks, breech at 37 weeks, transverse at 38 weeks and back to head down at 39 weeks when he was born.
My doctor confirmed position with ultrasound tech, who very quickly touched the wand to my belly to find his head. It took just a couple of seconds. Your doctor may do the same as you get closer to your due date.
There is still time for the baby to turn! Stay positive and don’t stress. Try some of the positions suggested on spinningbabies.com. I did the forward leaning inversion exercise every day.
Post # 12
amandajane4949 : Kemma : Kmc12 : des- : whatsinaname8 : kittysparkles : Thanks so much everyone. The doc I saw said they wouldn’t bother with an ultrasound to check position until I go into labor or if I’m past due date, which is a little frustrating because I’d like to know what’s going on in there. I’m going to call this am and talk to a different doctor in the practice. The bump that I believe is her head seems to be migrating from the top of my belly down to the low left side, then back up. Back and forth.
I just wasn’t prepared for how upset I would be over the prospect of a c-section. I don’t even know for sure yet if she’s breech, and even if she’s in the perfect position, you can still end up with other detours on your “ideal” birth journey. I feel like my emotions are spiraling, which isn’t helpful 😕
The worst part is, I feel like I’m not really “into” my pregnancy right now. I’ve loved it so far, I check my pregnancy app everyday for the baby updates, take my vitamins like clockwork. But yesterday I forgot my prenatals, didn’t bother to do perineal massage, couldn’t motivate myself to finish washing and organizing the baby’s clothes…I just want to snap out of this.
Post # 13
That’s bizarre that they didn’t do a scan!! It’s so easy to confirm! Usually for breach babies I thought they preferred to schedule you for a c-section before you go into labour. Or prepare you for a breach vaginal birth!
I had an emergency c-section and it was fine. I wouldn’t go out and do it all the time, but as a one off it was tolerable. A c-section for a breach baby also puts you in a good position for a vbac if you have any further children and that’s something you want to do.
Post # 14
pink.lemonade : I’m glad the c-section turned out ok for you! And interesting about breech and vbac.
AFM…I called a different doctor in the practice for a second opinion. It turns out the other doctor put in my notes that I’m transverse rather than full breech (he never mentioned that in the visit). The doc I spoke to today is having me come in so he can evaluate. He says if a full breech is suspected, then yes- they will do a scan and book a c-section. However, this doctor is also the only one in the practice who will attempt an ECV or breech vaginal birth IF the conditions are right, so I’m excited to see what he thinks. Even if those aren’t options for me, I feel better that I can at least explore options.
Post # 15
Babies- so frustrating right from the start! I didn’t have breech babies, but both of mine were evicted via the sunroof (one emergently, the other schedule…although I went into labor early the second time- cue eyeroll). Both of my c sections were great. I was up and walking as soon as my epidurals wore off, and felt pretty much 100% by week 2. The biggest thing I was afraid of was the epidural itself- and honestly, I can tell you, aside from pressure when they put it in- it didn’t hurt a bit. It. Was. Magical. The section itself was over in under 40 minutes door to door, and that was that. Honestly, easy, and just as wonderful with a beautiful new baby to stare at.
I was also hoping to experience the joys (?) of labor- and did go into labor with both births, and having done that, I can tell you, it wasn’t awesome. It was painful (like really, really painful), and if we have a 3rd I’m really hoping I don’t go into labor before my scheduled c like I did with my second. As my OB said, sometimes the recovering from a vaginal birth can be just as painful as a c section so there’s that. So, however your baby arrives- it will be wonderful and you’ll do great! Good luck!