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Are these worries just me being silly? (transverse lie, c/s, baby growth)

post #1 of 6
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I am 30 weeks with #6 and I have worries. I think I just need a place to let them all out....

#1. Baby is transverse. I have had babies who have spun til 32 weeks or so and then gone vertex, but this babe has never moved. I have never felt movement above my belly button. Actually, I have never felt a kick outside of the bottom right hand corner of my abdomen since she just hasnt moved at all. At my first u/s at 8 weeks the OB commented on how low she was sitting and she hasnt moved from there since. Not once. I find this very concerning. I have never worried before about my babes not being head down because they WERE head down, they were just also breech and doing circles before they stopped spinning and ended up head down. This baby doesnt do that. This leads me to:

#2: I am worried that this will be impeding her growth. I imagine it like sleeping sideways in a twin bed, it cant be comfortable or optimum for her growth or movement. I am also worried that she will have badly bent ankles or feet from being so squished. She just doesnt FEEL like a 30 week baby in there. I havent felt any bigger or more "stretched" in months and months. And finally......

#3 I am freaking out about her being pressed up against my c/s incision (I have had three c/s's in the last 5 years). When she does move she is psuhing out on and kicking DIRECTLY on it. I know I know, the risk of rupture is very small, but it cant be good to have a whole baby flexing against it!! And she only weighs 2.5lbs right now, what about when she is 3x that? I literally lay awake at night worrying about her bursting through my scar....

I know this all seems very melodramatic, but its really affecting me....
post #2 of 6
I don't know a whole lot. So I don't know if I have the information you need.

But I did have a transverse baby, after having had a c-section Twins, actually. DD2 was low and vertex, from very early on. DS was above her, and divided his time between being breech and transverse, finally ending up transverse.

I wouldn't worry about impeding growth, or about the c-section incision. I had a section with my first, and then carried the twins, one of whom was very low and one of whom was transverse, and my incision was never an issue. Figure by the end there were two placentas, plus 12 pounds of baby in there total. Both babies were fine, and so was my uterus.

Are you concerned about baby being positioned for birth? DS was still moving right up until the day he was delivered-- they can and do move even very late.

Have you considered ultrasound, to put your mind at ease about all being well in there?
post #3 of 6
My youngest was always either breech or transverse (usually transverse) and it did not impeded his growth. He was born at 33 weeks, but that was not related to his location. He was 5lbs 15oz at 33w3d, so definitely not a size issue. He did have a case to torticollis and a flat spot on the side of his head from the torticollis and his physical therapist did note the torticollis was due to his position in womb. We were able to fix it though by about 10 months via some stretching exercises and his flat spot resolved on its own without a helmet.

My little one is currently having fun stretching my 2 c-sections scars. It does hurt at times, but I figure it is just breaking up some adhesion. Kind of a forced scar massage. I highly doubt the baby can cause any actual damage to the scar.
post #4 of 6
How does your baby respond to your pushing from the outside? I recall towards the end of my pregnancy being able to get my baby to move a bit, rotate from left to right, by me pushing gently on her feet, knees, or butt. How does your baby respond to position changes from you? Have you tried the position where you get on your knees and rest your head down on the floor (on a pillow)? Have you talked to your care provider about external version? How does your care provider feel about the transverse lie? I would definitely talk about your concerns, which may be exaggerated by your intense care for your baby (as most of us react as mothers), and see what they have to say.

Update us if anything changes or if you find out anything!
post #5 of 6
I knew a lady who didn't even find out she was pregnant till 7 months because of weight gain and a very still baby like that...he was just fine...but a very mellow little guy!

You might want to look at spinning babies...can really help to get baby into a good birthing position!!! http://spinningbabies.com/index.php Also, find a chiropractor who can do the webster technique...it REALLY works too in many cases!!!
post #6 of 6
My sister's 1st son never changed positions, either, and it turned out he had a very long cord, wrapped around his neck 4 times. She needed a section and he was distressed and also had mild torticollis, but he was huge and very quickly recovered. I would honor your feelings and request an u/s.
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