(Closed) We knew he turned, but……

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 20
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 23
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
94 posts
Worker bee

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
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MusicBee76:  Duh! How did I miss that in your initial post?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best of luck to you with whatever happens – hopefully the little guy will surprise you by 37 weeks! 

Post # 29
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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