Need some positive vibes- breech baby

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My transverse baby at 38 weeks became head-down when I used the positions on spinningbabies.com ! Don’t give up just yet! 

My doula auntie suggests that every third-trimester pregnant woman go on short walks around the block everyday as a substitute for perineal massage, and I don’t know if that worked or it’s just dumb luck but I only had a first-degree tear with two stitches. I did not do perineal massage at all because I couldn’t reach myself there with my ginormous bump and I didn’t want to have outside help. 

Other than the prenatal vitamins, don’t worry about all that extra stuff and just be kind to yourself. I feel like society is putting more and more pressure on pregnant women to do all the things – Pregnancy trackers! Special diets! Read all the books! Take weekly pictures of your bump! Prenatal yoga! Birth prep classes! 20-page birth plans! Doulas! Perineal massage! Make sure you are ready to suffer through a completely medication-free vaginal birth! I did a few of these things but seriously, it’s absurd. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

n00bee :  It sounds like the new doctor might be a better fit for you. That’s awesome. And good news that the baby is transverse. I suspect that your baby has been trying out a number of different positions in there. Trust that your body knows what it’s doing. I can’t stress that enough. Believe in yourself. Envision your baby settling into your pelvis head-down. And again– keep practicing acceptance of the things you cannot control. Stay positive!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would say there is still hope. My baby was breech until 36 weeks. I know another mom who’s baby flipped at 38 weeks. I would push for an ultrasound to confirm. It would be better to schedule a c-section prior to going into labour, if the baby isn’t able to flip. It would also confirm what is actually going on as you’ve received conflicting information. It sounds like your baby is moving a lot. 

I know the thought of having a c-section is not ideal. It was not something I wanted either but even vaginal births can end up in c-sections. I had a vaginal birth with my first (pregnant again now). I was borderline needing a c-section. It was 26hrs with a face-up baby requiring vacuum extraction and an episiotomy. I would try to focus on adjusting your expectations for labour and birth. It hardly ever goes to plan. I really hope the best for you though! FX the baby flips!

 

EDA: I missed one of your updates. I’m glad you had a good experience with the 3rd doctor!

Post # 21
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Busy bee

I don’t have much advice with regards to turning the baby as nothing I did worked! MY little one was breech for the entirety of being in there. I didn’t have much amniotic fluid so not really much space for the baby to turn.

I will say though that they can do a ECV to try and turn your baby- make sure you are aware of all the risks though, and ask for the drs success rate etc. I chose not to have an ecv as the most experienced dr at my hospital was ‘meh, we can try if you won’t but it won’t work’!

I had the option to try for a breech vaginal delivery- C Sections are not mandatory for breech babies, you can opt for vaginal if you wish- however, my hospital were very clear about their midwives not being very experienced with breech births so I chose not to. The lack of amniotic fluid wouldn’t have helped either and I had a couple of other things going on.

They booked me in for a section at 39 weeks to reduce the risk of going in to labour and my planned c section turning into an emergency one. They scanned me about 3 mins before going in to theatre in case the baby had moved- so it can happen right up to the end (although not for my ‘head up is the only way baby’!!)

My c section was absolutely fine. Spinal block was quick and painless, they offered to lower the drape so I could see them taking the baby out (i declined), we did immediate skin to skin, delayed cord clamping etc.

I was home the next day- just over 24 hours later- and would have been home sooner except for an issues with the baby that I’ll mention in a minute. I only had ibuprofen and paracetamol (tylenol in the us?? I think) for pain relief and I was feeling much much better very quickly. I did follow all of the instructions about not carrying heavy stuff, not driving, not bending or twisting etc and I think that helped my good recovery. I’m 9 months on and my scar is really faded.

One issue that I do want to mention is a comlication with the baby that was entirely due to the breech position. I mention it not to scare you but because early diagnosis is key for successful treatment and so it helps to know that it might be an issue before the baby is born.

Breech babies, especially girls and first babies, can have hip dysplasia which is where the hip sockets don’t form correctly. IT’s also known as clicky hips. IT’s pretty rare and of the babies that have clicky hips, only a small percentage need treatment. If it’s picked up early enough, the treatment is much much more successful (like 98% successful). I don’t know what the newborn checks are like in the states but here in England, the hips are one of the things a midwife checks for. That was how they picked up my baby’s dysplasia. Both the hips were affected. baby had treatment and is now totally fine. Like i said, i don’t mention it to scare you, it’s rare, but just to inform.

Fingers crossed for you

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

n00bee :  No problem!  I will share that my best friend had her first via c section (breech), and then ended up doing a medication free VBAC with her second.  So, even if this one has to be delivered via c, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re stuck with one for next time.  She did try to spin her daughter I think in every way possible (medical intervention, lying on an inclined plank, etc) and no luck. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

n00bee :  The side-lying one where you dangle a leg over the bed, the sort of downward dog inversion pose, and the wall-push-ups were the most helpful. Also, I was told no reclining ever! I slept on my side with all the pillows and sat on an exercise ball so I wouldn’t be tempted to lean back. 

Good luck! 

 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

n00bee :  Hugs!!

Let us know how the ECV ends up working for you. Hope it’s a success!

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

n00bee :  Yay!! So glad she’s in position now! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! You’re almost there! 

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