Post # 17
I assume that your doctor is scheduling the c/s at 37 weeks but it will actually take place a few weeks later, am I right? You shouldn’t agree to a scheduled section until at least your due date, to give the baby the best chances of turning head down on his own.
Also, some doctors will do breech vaginal deliveries and there is good evidence that it’s a safe option, but I doubt your doctor is in that group if she won’t even try an external cephalic version.
Also research/consider acupuncture (good evidence to turn babies), chiropractic (Webster technique) and homeopathy (try Pulsatilla remedy). There’s no guarantee that any of these things will work, but they’re safe so it’s worth a try before going for a major surgery.
Post # 18
it will only be scheduled at 37 weeks and won’t happen until 39 weeks and at that time they will double check to evaluate his position before any surgery is performed.
Post # 19
I might add too that he has been VERY active today and I no longer feel his head at the top of my ribs, it’s now in my side ribs so he’s making some kind of progress! Lol
Post # 20
Check out spinningbabies.com. 2 of my 3 girls were pretty late before they flipped. I did some of the techniques from this site-who knows if it helped, but they flipped on their own. Good luck!
Post # 21
@MusicBee76: that’s good! I’ll bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Very best wishes for a safe and healthy last few weeks and delivery 🙂
Post # 22
@ieatunicorns: ill check that site, thanks! ;). It’s good to know that some are just a little late to the party so to speak!
@Sweetjennygirl: thank you so much!!
Post # 23
Oldtimer Bee here (I am over 50)
First I understand your concerns as a first time Mom, the unexpected always throws us off a bit.
But Babies have a mind of their own, and do what they want… the rest of us just have to go along for the ride sometimes.
With my first, I wanted to have a natural birth as well… soley because it was what is most common and spoken about extensively in Prenatal Class etc. I was disappointed when late in the day they informed me that due to complications (things had changed with the baby, not me) that they were going to do a C-Section. I had a sense of being unable to be “normal” etc. As if I’d let the world down. I hadn’t. Looking back now a really silly reaction (albeit a common one)
In the end all that mattters is the baby was healthy, I was healthy, and we had a good outcome. (No complications)
As for your comments about baby on the chest…
I wouldn’t worry too much about this.
Because once they take the child aside for just a minute or two to clean them up, they will bring him / her right back to you. They placed baby (wrapped in a receiving blankety) on my chest, and then in my Hubby’s arms who was seated right beside me at my head. I don’t feel that I lost out on anything in that regard whatsoever.
And recovery… I was up and about within 12 hours… and altho I had a bikini line incision to deal with, I did not have any HUGE pain or difficulty. A C-Section takes longer to heal, but I was in a lot better shape than many of the women who I saw who had gone Natural and had an Episiotomy “wound” to deal with (clean cut with a scapel vs jagged or tearing in a far more tender spot)
Hope this helps,
Post # 24
My oldest sister was breach until about 38 weeks I think. All of a sudden, she decided to flip around when my mom was sitting at a table with her sisters. Everyone gasped because they saw this very visible turn happen. Thankfully, no c-section was needed! My mom’s experience actually giving birth to my sister in 1970 was nightmarish though because of how hospitals treated pregnant women back then, but that’s another story.
Post # 25
@MusicBee76: That’s good. I would ask to have it scheduled for 40 weeks, as there’s no great benefit to having it done at 39 and another week gives you a better chance of him going head down….but that’s up to you. Best wishes for a healthy birth 🙂
Post # 26
If you do have a c-section, you should still be able to request tummy time with your new baby soon afterwards. I know plenty of women who got to hold their babies very quickly after a c-section.
And although there is still time for the baby to turn, if you do end up with a c-section make sure to request sutures (stitches) not staples. Staples are easier for the doctor, but sutures are way easier for healing time, so you’ll be up with your new baby in no time.
Post # 27
@MusicBee76: Duh! How did I miss that in your initial post?! 😉 Best of luck to you with whatever happens – hopefully the little guy will surprise you by 37 weeks!
Post # 28
@This Time Round: thank you—you pretty much nailed exactly what I have been thinking and feeling and you are so right that it is more important to focus on healthy baby/healthy me. I was planning on going with natural birth too and tearing wasn’t something I was excited about! Lol My birth plan states that if labor is taking too long i wanted a c section vs induction or augmetation of any kind. Prior to getting pregnant, I was very physically fit (runner/weight lifter) so I think I would do well with the healing from a c section.
@Jayhawkmama: no worries! I so wish turning we’re an option, though!
Post # 29
My son is now 6 weeks old, but I actually had a c section with him as he stayed frank breech my entire pregnancy. Do not google! I made that same mistake and was a nervous wreck, reading about why babies are breech, etc. The majority of the time, they’re just more comfortable that way. Come to find out, my son had/has a HUGE head (100th percentile) thanks to my husband and his side of the family lol. So he was literally stuck in the breech position. Surprisingly I never felt his head in my ribs – still can’t figure that one out.
The only thing I will mention is that if you do have a breech baby, most pediatricians will do a routine ultrasound after baby is born to rule out hip dysplasia – but this is pretty rare, so not something I would worry about. My son just had his ultrasound done, and it was really quick and not big deal at all.
Post # 30
@Blondee: omg!!! THIS, exactly!!!
“Come to find out, my son had/has a HUGE head (100th percentile) thanks to my husband and his side of the family lol”
My husband is a large, muscular guy with a 19 inch neck and a giant head to match!!! At my 34 week appointment, parts of the baby was measuring just under 34 weeks (33w and and a few days), but his head was right on target measuring 34 weeks lol!!! Figures. Maybe it’s better for me to have a c section considering I was not going to use any medication! Lol
The googling was horrible, so thank you for putting my mind at ease and for letting me know what kind of medical attention to expect afterwards! 😉