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The **new** baby position thread!

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C&P from "Who else is still transverse/ breech?"

 

I know it's a little early to worry, but I have bigger babies (both were 9 lbs), so I try to encourage them to turn sooner rather than later. This little guy is transverse. He occasionally moves around, but he seems to really like laying sideways. I have an anterior placenta, too, so I'm a little concerned about a posterior lie later on.

 

I think I'm going to start doing inversions a few times a day to encourage him to move. With DS1, I got him head down at 28 weeks and he was big enough to stay stuck. Anyone else doing anything to encourage good positioning yet?

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My DD1 was transverse until 24w or so and then turned head down on her own.  This baby is somewhere between breech and transverse at 26w.  I'm not too worried yet, but I have been starting to think about it.  I suspect that she'll turn on her own soon.

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How can you tell if they are breech or head down?

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From what I can tell based on where I feel kicks (down in my pelvis or in my sides, NEVER toward the top of my uterus or ribcage) this baby is definitely breech and transverse at times.  I can sometimes feel movement on both sides of my abdomen, as if he is kicking and punching at the same time.  Otherwise I feel fluttery kicks down on my bladder.  I am glad you asked this question Meesh993 because I have honestly been getting worried about it.  I'm at almost 27 weeks and I know there's time but I also know that based on the 20wk u/s this baby is measuring larger- about a week and a half ahead based on their estimations.  My husband was a breech baby, and while I know that it isn't genetic I also get worried about it.  I WANT MY OUT-OF-HOSPITAL BIRTH!  haha!  I keep trying positions and sending baby vibes to move head-down goodvibes.gif

 

I know I'm jumping the gun and baby will probably flip, but it's hard not to worry when a c-section would be devastating.  Absolutely devastating.  I mean, I know a section, if necessary, would yield a healthy baby and that's what matters but I think everyone here can understand that when I've been planning a beautiful out-of-hospital birth for this (my last) child, that a c-section would be the LAST thing I'd want.  Sigh.

 

Anyway, I've done pelvic rocks, I've been practicing good posture when sitting and standing, and I sleep in a position that is supposedly helpful for getting baby to turn (though I usually wake up on my back.  Bah.)

 

My DS1 was head down for as long as I could tell.  I hope this baby turns soon.... 

 

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It's way too early... baby will have plenty of time to flip around.  But if you're worried toward the end, moxibustion has an excellent track record of flipping babies and keeping them there. 

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How can you tell if they are breech or head down?



I feel kicks/punches mostly on my sides, never down low or up high. Also, if you lay flat on your back, you may be able to palpate the baby. My MW was able to get a pretty  good guess at my last appointment (25 wks) and confirmed what I'd been feeling, and my U/S showed him transverse, as well. I've gotten much better at determining what was where with each pregnancy.

 

If I didn't have babies that tend to be on the bigger side, I wouldn't worry for a few more weeks, at least. My son was stubbornly breech until I flipped him at 28 weeks, though, and for another couple of weeks I could feel him trying to shift back. And he was big enough by 30 weeks or so that it HURT. Since this baby measured on the big side, too, I'm probably going to start trying to encourage him to flip in the next couple of weeks just to be on the safe side.

 

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I'm really trying hard not to worry since most babies do flip between 28-32 weeks (and CAN flip during birth even, though I'm not about to put money on that, especially since my MW will risk me out before I even get that chance).  It's still hard not to worry when there is an out-of-hospital birth on the line.  Sooner would be better than later, that's all.  
 

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If I didn't have babies that tend to be on the bigger side, I wouldn't worry for a few more weeks, at least. My son was stubbornly breech until I flipped him at 28 weeks, though, and for another couple of weeks I could feel him trying to shift back. And he was big enough by 30 weeks or so that it HURT. Since this baby measured on the big side, too, I'm probably going to start trying to encourage him to flip in the next couple of weeks just to be on the safe side.

 



 

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Yeah, exactly. Transverse is worse than breech, too. Harder to turn, and absolutely no way of having a vaginal birth. A c-section because of a transverse baby, and an anterior placenta at that, is not the way I want my last birth to go!
 

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I'm really trying hard not to worry since most babies do flip between 28-32 weeks (and CAN flip during birth even, though I'm not about to put money on that, especially since my MW will risk me out before I even get that chance).  It's still hard not to worry when there is an out-of-hospital birth on the line.  Sooner would be better than later, that's all.  
 



 



 

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I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow and baby is still everywhere and flipping herself around.  I've started paying attention more though, and paying more attention to my posture but I'm not too worried about it yet. I got the most painful kick in my cervix the other day though!

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Seriously, sometimes I tell baby to PLEASE get his FOOT out of my CERVIX.  Yeee-ouch!

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I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow and baby is still everywhere and flipping herself around.  I've started paying attention more though, and paying more attention to my posture but I'm not too worried about it yet. I got the most painful kick in my cervix the other day though!



 

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Well I'm sure all of our babies will turn!  Let's hope for that!  I mean, the odds are in our favor right?!  Only 3-4% are breech at full term (7% at 38 weeks) and transverse is even less likely (1 in 2500).  

Turn, babies, turn :-)  In the meantime, I am kind of enjoying the extra stomach room- baby is low, low, low and loves sitting on my bladder.  Ha!

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Yeah, exactly. Transverse is worse than breech, too. Harder to turn, and absolutely no way of having a vaginal birth. A c-section because of a transverse baby, and an anterior placenta at that, is not the way I want my last birth to go!
 



 



 

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The foot in the cervix comment I can sympathize with!  This baby turns and turns- loves to be transverse or breech, but I prefer her to be head down just because of the cervix and bladder kicking!  I can always tell what position she is in by palpation.

 

She is a big girl, measuring almost 3 weeks ahead.  Im starting to get concerned about how much she LOVES to be breech but I know she can flip around easily still.  My last daughter turned at 32 weeks, and it hurt! 

 

I have no qualms with trying to vaginally deliver breech.

 
 
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http://spinningbabies.com/ This website is great for determining fetal position and turning our babies. My babe is transverse and I'm doing a couple inversions a day and seeing my chiro because my uterus and pelvis are shifted to the right which doesn't make for optimal fetal positioning.

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I'd definitely try to find a care provider (MW, hopefully) who would deliver a breech baby, too.  I think I'd want to be in a hospital though with CNM attendant, just in case.  Is that overkill?  I honestly don't know much about it, other than that breeches are usually unnecesareans.  

 

 

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I have no qualms with trying to vaginally deliver breech.



 

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All other things being normal, I don't think I would have an issue with birthing a breech at home. The hospital birth climate around here is pretty awful, though, and the birth centers operate under some strict guidelines thanks to their malpractice insurance, so finding a provider willing to attend a breech birth anywhere but home would be nearly impossible.

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With all these babies that flip over all the time, it's no wonder alot of them end up with the cord around the neck at birth. lol

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i can't figure out what the heck i'm feeling besides feeling body parts all over my stomach lol.   I know at 18wks he was transverse and later that night turned because i felt a huge movement and it was painful.    

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theres still a load of  room in there! I have big babies too. 8lbs 14oz and 10lbs 2 oz. Both settled head down at 28 weeks. Its not really reasonable to expect them to stay put before then. This little one has been flipping back and forth daily, if not multiple times a day. Last check earlier today was head down. Yesterday was mostly breech/transverse. A couple nights ago I was curious to see how easy it would be to convince baby to move. I put an ice pack on my belly where baby's head was, and I didn't even feel hardly any movement at all, but VERY quickly I was able to locate the head at my side. So I followed the head with the ice pack, and then before long the head was by my hip. This was in less than 5 minutes. A few minutes later, back up in my ribs. And this is all without feeling significant movement! So its roomy enough in my uterus for a baby to do a somersault without me hardly even noticing :) The way I feel is to palpate until I find a head. Its a nice round mound, and if I wiggle it, its kinda.. bobbly! If I get hold of the butt and wiggle that, it moves the whole body. Sometimes if I grab a butt by my ribs and try and move it, I can feel the movement in my pelvis. Not so with a head! 

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We start with locating the heartbeat with a fetoscope, and once you know that, it's pretty easy to discern what the lumps and kicking/punching parts are.  lol.gif

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I have an extremely active little girl in here.  I am feeling kicks all over the place.  Up high one morning, down on my bladder and cervix the same evening, then a swoop all the way down one side.  She's doing gymnastics in there!  She was transverse this morning at my midwife appointment, but I'm not worried at all.  We couldn't find her heartbeat with the fetoscope because she was wiggling around so much, and my midwife had to reposition the doppler 4 times because she kept moving.

 

It's way too early to worry about positioning, imo.  I'm doing yoga and pilates regularly and I'm confident she will end up in a great position when she starts to settle down a little.  For the time being, let her squirm and flip around to her heart's content. :)

 

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 Is it safe to assume that if you find the heartbeat directly under the navel a few inches that baby is tranverse?  That is where i found his heartbeat yesterday.

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My lil man was transverse last night, when I was feeling around. His head was on the left side and his legs and butt curled up on the right side. Now that I could kinda feel where he was at, I'm kind of worried about him going head down too. I really want a guaranteed chance of birthing at home unassisted.

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I'm pretty sure that your midwives will deliver a breech baby in a birth center.  It is legal in OR to deliver a breech baby.  My homebirth midwives will certainly do it, so I don't really worry too much about it..

 

In Canada they've out-lawed mandetory c-sections for breech babies.  The studies show that it's just as safe to vaginally deliver a breech baby as it is to get a c-section.  So long as the baby is butt-first, it's fine, legal and the option that I would personally take.
 

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From what I can tell based on where I feel kicks (down in my pelvis or in my sides, NEVER toward the top of my uterus or ribcage) this baby is definitely breech and transverse at times.  I can sometimes feel movement on both sides of my abdomen, as if he is kicking and punching at the same time.  Otherwise I feel fluttery kicks down on my bladder.  I am glad you asked this question Meesh993 because I have honestly been getting worried about it.  I'm at almost 27 weeks and I know there's time but I also know that based on the 20wk u/s this baby is measuring larger- about a week and a half ahead based on their estimations.  My husband was a breech baby, and while I know that it isn't genetic I also get worried about it.  I WANT MY OUT-OF-HOSPITAL BIRTH!  haha!  I keep trying positions and sending baby vibes to move head-down goodvibes.gif

 

I know I'm jumping the gun and baby will probably flip, but it's hard not to worry when a c-section would be devastating.  Absolutely devastating.  I mean, I know a section, if necessary, would yield a healthy baby and that's what matters but I think everyone here can understand that when I've been planning a beautiful out-of-hospital birth for this (my last) child, that a c-section would be the LAST thing I'd want.  Sigh.

 

Anyway, I've done pelvic rocks, I've been practicing good posture when sitting and standing, and I sleep in a position that is supposedly helpful for getting baby to turn (though I usually wake up on my back.  Bah.)

 

My DS1 was head down for as long as I could tell.  I hope this baby turns soon.... 

 



 



 

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I'm pretty sure that your midwives will deliver a breech baby in a birth center.  It is legal in OR to deliver a breech baby.  My homebirth midwives will certainly do it, so I don't really worry too much about it..
 



 


I'm with Andaluz and they say that they have to attend breech and twin births at home because legally they can't do it at the birth centers.  I don't think it's legal to do it at free-standing birth centers in OR, but you can do it at home.

 

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Ahh, okay.  Well, I'd certainly attempt a home-birth breech before I'd go to a hospital and have a planned c-section..  From everything I've read it's just as safe to deliver a breech baby and I prefer to do things as naturally as possible.  Does your midwife office also do homebirths?  Maybe that's an options for jbk21 as well (if her baby didn't actually turn).

 


 

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I'm with Andaluz and they say that they have to attend breech and twin births at home because legally they can't do it at the birth centers.  I don't think it's legal to do it at free-standing birth centers in OR, but you can do it at home.

 



 

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Yeah I knew they'd risk me out (unless i chose homebirth, of course) if he stayed breech (I'm assuming he won't but it's hard not to worry!)  I'd definitely prefer a homebirth over c-section, but I'm also wondering (just out of curiosity) if there are CNMs in hospitals that deliver breech babies.  I know it's up to hospital policy but I also have more faith in the Portland hospitals than in other cities (mostly because of my experience in the midwest).  I only wonder because I know an amazing, experienced homebirth midwife who also practices part-time at OHSU.  I wonder if she's been able to do any work on the rigid hospital policies over the years :-)

 

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Ahh, okay.  Well, I'd certainly attempt a home-birth breech before I'd go to a hospital and have a planned c-section..  From everything I've read it's just as safe to deliver a breech baby and I prefer to do things as naturally as possible.  Does your midwife office also do homebirths?  Maybe that's an options for jbk21 as well (if her baby didn't actually turn).

 


 



 



 

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Aaannnndddd I just found this very recent article http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2011/07/ohsu_effort_aims_to_reduce_the.html


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Awww! How wonderful! If only the rest of the US could be this way. My uncle lives in Portland, OR, and I loved it when I visited for 2 weeks. So beautiful and I love the moist feeling, even in the summer.

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Seriously, after having lived in Ohio my entire life it is SO refreshing to live here in Portland.  The lifestyle is so different, people are so wonderful and kind, the weather is phenomenal (I don't mind the rainy season).  Anyway, I think I pulled the thread off-topic.  Apologies!  Back to baby positioning... I think I may have felt a kick toward the top of my uterus yesterday (could have been a punch).  Today he's back transverse.... 
 

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Awww! How wonderful! If only the rest of the US could be this way. My uncle lives in Portland, OR, and I loved it when I visited for 2 weeks. So beautiful and I love the moist feeling, even in the summer.



 

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It's hard for me to tell unless I'm laying down and poking around, which makes him really mad at me. lol

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post #31 of 82

My babe has been breech, but now is all over the place. I think he flips around at least once every few days. I have bigger babes too. Not concerned yet. I'm 25 weeks. I'll be more concerned around 33 weeks if babe is not headdown.

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I'm doing a home birth with Vivante, so I would have a vaginal breech birth at OHSU. Not as nice as home, but I had my first there and was awesome.  My midwives don't do home breech births, because they don't have the experience.  I wish every place could be as cool as Portland. : )

 

Last night and today baby was head down again, so I think there's just lots of room for her to wiggle and turn around at this point.

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26 weeks here and baby is transverse.  I wasn't worried about it and am trying not to be, but this thread makes me a little nervous...

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Ooh we interviewed Vivante and loved it.  If we had been set in a homebirth we would have gone with them.  Linda Glenn is the MW there that also delivers at OHSU.  If I had to go to a hospital for any reason (GD, breech, etc.) I'd go to OHSU because I trust her experience.  She's caught thousands of babies!

 

 

 

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I'm doing a home birth with Vivante, so I would have a vaginal breech birth at OHSU. Not as nice as home, but I had my first there and was awesome.  My midwives don't do home breech births, because they don't have the experience.  I wish every place could be as cool as Portland. : )

 

Last night and today baby was head down again, so I think there's just lots of room for her to wiggle and turn around at this point.



 

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Yup, this is my second birth with Vivante.  Linda Glenn is how I talked my DH into a homebirth the first time around. : )

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post #36 of 82

My baby is SO active that she goes from transverse to breech to vertex in a day easily. Today at my appointment, she was transverse (she's usually vertex for appointments).

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post #37 of 82

Well, he seemed to settle into a head down position all day today. Hopefully he STAYS there until it's time to come out. lol

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Mine did too!  And I hope for the same thing...because so far this baby has been measuring freakishly giant.  And I would hate to have to tell a doctor I would like to vaginally deliver a freakishly giant breech baby thumb.gif

 
 
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post #39 of 82

HAHA Ashley, I would love to hear some rants about how you want to vaginally deliver a big baby, but your doctor is adament for c-section. lol

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I think my baby is head down. I never have a clue what I am feeling, though! At the midwife on Tuesday, she said she "thought" he was head down. "I think this must be a butt and knees I'm feeling up here." It made me a little nervous cause I kinda thought she should *know* not *think*!!  Ha! All I know is he doesn't move enough to change positions anymore. He stays in pretty much the same place now. 

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I'm 28 weeks and baby is head down, I think he's been that way for a couple weeks now. Head down, back to the right, and feet to the left. I can tell where his feet are because every time I lay on my left side I can feel him kicking the bed a whole bunch :) I thought he might be breech but my midwife said that was just hand movement.

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HAHA Ashley, I would love to hear some rants about how you want to vaginally deliver a big baby, but your doctor is adament for c-section. lol



I will just tell them if they dont let me TRY, I will give birth in the parking lot and scream things that make them all look foolish.  Haha.  Just wait until you see the security camera footage on CNN.

 
 
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I will just tell them if they dont let me TRY, I will give birth in the parking lot and scream things that make them all look foolish.  Haha.  Just wait until you see the security camera footage on CNN.


blush.gif Oh my! hahaha That would be great! This baby's dad kept insisting that I'd birth in a hospital, and I told him that I'd lock myself in the bathroom and birth in the tub by myself if he tried to get me to go. That would have been quite the scene, eh?
 

 

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Good news- my baby was head down today.  Perfect LOA position.  Not that he'll stay there, but it reassured me that he knows how to get there :-)  I think he flipped last night.  Ouch!

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Fingers x'd that they will STAY head down!

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My LO is still unstable, between breech and transverse. I have a bicornuate uterus, though, so it is important for me to get her head down sooner rather than later, as she'll have less room to turn 

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post #47 of 82

My baby has been head down the last few days too (mostly loa).  I think that we're nearing the end of the somersaults.  :)

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My doctor confirmed for me today (29 weeks) that mine is most definitely transverse. He's been sitting transverse pretty much for my whole pregnancy so far. Hope he turns soon! My doctor keeps reassuring me that I don't have to worry about it for a few more weeks, but it's getting uncomfortable when he decides he's going to stretch out and I get this oblong baby lump sticking out both sides of my tummy!

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My midwives keep palpating a transverse presentation. I figure if I get her to turn before full term, she'll just turn right back, so trying not to trip about it. Lately I have felt a more diagonal presentaiton, but can't tell head from butt. My first was occipital, but... anterior? He was face up, which made his head unable to sqish together properly and gave me a huge laceration. So i'm hoping for not that.
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This baby was head down at my last midwives appointment at 27 weeks, though in the last week its been doing all kinds of acrobatics and I'm pretty sure was breech and transverse a few times. I'm not that good with palpation, but I can tell because of where I can feel the hiccups. I'm 30 weeks now, and I'm pretty sure baby is settled back into a cephalic presentation, possibly ROA. I think I can feel the bum on my upper left side, anyway, and usually no direct frontal kicks, so I'm assuming baby is kicking my back and I can't feel it. So I'm not too worried - it seems to me Tooey prefers to be head-down, and will settle back there after some experimentation.

 

With my first, DD was ALWAYS cephalic, at least as long as I was palpated to tell such things. So this flipping around is strange to me, but I'm not concerned. 

post #51 of 82

My babe is 31 weeks and still doing flips.  She usually only flips between head-down and transverse but she's been breech twice in the past week.  Definitely not my favorite position!!!!

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Mine seems to like doing flips this last week as well. It's a bit nerve-wracking when I am considering UC, but I'm sure he'll decide head down is best.

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Mine's still breech. :)

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My baby has flipped a few times in the last week, but I THINK that she's finally settled in head-down.  :)

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I am pretty sure I just felt the baby's head at my ribs, but most of the time I'm sure I feel knees up there. I get movement all over right now and don't expect them to be head down just yet (I'm 30 weeks). I am going to the chiropractor regularly, and don't anticipate it being an issue. I will ask the doctor to palpate at my next appointment just out of curiousity. Although he will gladly attend breech births, so no big deal. 

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It's way too early to worry about positioning, imo.  I'm doing yoga and pilates regularly and I'm confident she will end up in a great position when she starts to settle down a little.  For the time being, let her squirm and flip around to her heart's content. :)



 

I agree. I'm a first time mother, but I wouldn't think I should be worried about this right now. I think my baby is transverse right now, but like your wee girl, mine also seems to be all over the show. Nothing like kickboxing at 3am!

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Frank breech at 30 weeks as of now and been so for a couple weeks without much flipping positions. I'm slightly nervous I won't lie. Usually my boys are head down by thirty and quite content staying there.. See my midwife again today just so I can talk it all out..

 

 

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I don't know what position he's in anymore, I just pray that when I go into labor, he's NOT breech. That's my worst fear.

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Just out of curiosity, what would you do, Becky?  Do you have a midwife available to attend just in case?

 

 

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I don't know what position he's in anymore, I just pray that when I go into labor, he's NOT breech. That's my worst fear.



 

post #60 of 82

We are head down now too.  Breech used to be a big fear of mine, but now my back up hospital is doing vaginal breech births in some circumstances.

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So much for being head down.. I had a midwife appointment today and my baby was totally transverse and upsidedown.  Ha ha..  Tuuuurrrn baby...  :)

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Mine is now head down, facing my right. I don't remember whether it's best to have baby facing my right or my left, but i'm very glad for head down! Just hoping for facing my back by delivery time.
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This little one has been head down more often lately.  I'm pretty sure she spent the last 3-4 days head down, based on where I was getting kicked.  But, alas, her little feet have been tap dancing on my bladder all day today. Guess she's not ready to settle down yet.

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I'm starting to really stress out about this little guy wanting to come out breech. I'm making an OB appt for 32 weeks, so there's time to turn him if he's breech and hope that he stays. HOPEFULLY he'll get me an ultrasound to see for sure if he's breech.

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I talked to my doc not too long ago and he said he wont worry until 33-34 weeks, and that he has seen babies that didn't turn until hours before they were delivered.

 

Mine is head down.  Way down.  Like bowling ball in your vagina down..BUT, if yours isnt I wouldnt worry just yet!

 
 
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Talked to my midwife and we're still a go for a home birth if this baby stays this way. Been about three weeks in the same position.. Butt down, feet over head, back against my back, and just chilling there.. I won't lie I'm nervous as heck about it. She said the protocol is to be hands off during a breech birth, no pulling, etc.. Now if just turn little baby...

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Perhaps some sifting would get him/her moving around?

 
 
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Sifting?

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Almost 32 weeks now, and baby has been breech or transverse since the last time I posted, all the hiccups have been high and to the side, though no cervical kicks, thank goodness. My midwives palpated transverse just a few days ago. Getting a little nervous now, as my midwives will gladly deliver breech vaginally, but prefer to do so in the hospital. The women's hospital here is lovely, but I really want a homebirth this time! 

 

But, baby is still flipping around painfully, so I'll just hang out on hands and knees as much as I can in the next week. The midwives said they don't really start to worry about presentation until 33 weeks. And I know that baby knows how to get where he/she needs to be. Crossing my fingers. 

 

 

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I will be 33 weeks tomorrow and my baby is transverse. I was so happy and enjoying all the little kicks and hiccups right up until I found out he'd switched from head down to transverse. I keep feeling frustrated with him, like I have put all this effort into the pregnancy and here he is balking me by picking the one position in which he just can't come out.  Of course I'm doing inversions, sifting, and a half dozen other things, but so far he's just not budging. I am really worried. 

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33 weeks is still very early to be worried about a transverse baby.  It's VERY rare for a baby to stay transverse (1/2500), so the odds are that he'll turn head down soon enough.  Also, transverse presentation usually occurs in women who have had many babies (ie stretched out uterus).  I'm 30 weeks and my baby is still doing somersaults and is often transverse as well.  I'm not nearly worried yet.
 

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I will be 33 weeks tomorrow and my baby is transverse. I was so happy and enjoying all the little kicks and hiccups right up until I found out he'd switched from head down to transverse. I keep feeling frustrated with him, like I have put all this effort into the pregnancy and here he is balking me by picking the one position in which he just can't come out.  Of course I'm doing inversions, sifting, and a half dozen other things, but so far he's just not budging. I am really worried. 



 

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I'm sure this little guy is head down and there to stay. His butt has been stationed on my left side for the last few days. stay stay stay

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I'm 32 weeks and I've had 3 ultrasounds in the last week (nonstress tests) and she's been head down, head up and transverse. Today I can feel kicks again up under my ribs, so I guess she's flipped again.

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I had been having a lot of worry about transverse because I've read it is more common in women who have a septate uterus, which I have. However, at my most recent prenatal he was vertex and low in the pelvis. Yay! This is what they said at the 30 week ultrasound too before he changed back to transverse, but now I'm 34, so I hope he just stays. When I walk around he feels like a bowling ball in my low belly.

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I can't believe some of us November DDC mamas are already 34 weeks!  But then I remember than I'm already 32 weeks.  Our babies will be here so soon!  

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I had been having a lot of worry about transverse because I've read it is more common in women who have a septate uterus, which I have. However, at my most recent prenatal he was vertex and low in the pelvis. Yay! This is what they said at the 30 week ultrasound too before he changed back to transverse, but now I'm 34, so I hope he just stays. When I walk around he feels like a bowling ball in my low belly.


I want a bowling ball in my pelvis! He keeps flipping and it's stressing me out!
 

 

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I had though my baby flipped head down in the past week and midwife confirmed today that he had! He's been breech the whole time until now. 30 weeks here.

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we've been head down for a few weeks over here, but i'm starting to stress over OP!! when i was preg with ds, i kept close tabs on position and he would often switch between lying on my right or left side, and occasionally would feel straight up OP. When that happened I would try to encourage him to turn by getting on hands and knees and doing some cat/cows or something. And he would be pretty cooperative about spinning around even if he did go back a few minutes later. This one though, ugh! I can almost never palpate a nice firm back! I feel a butt up high and a head down low and limbs up front. Occasionally I think I feel a little bit of back on one side or the other but its fleeting :/ Stepping up webster to weekly, and going to see if I can find the pump for my birth ball. I'm sure sitting on that instead of a regular chair would help too! I've experienced OP labor and OA labor.. and OP is not something I wish to repeat EVER! I was laughing at the peak of a contraction at  7cm with my good positioned baby. OP though.. uggghh.. garden variety active labor feels worse than transition!

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OP labor with DS1 and I totally hear you.  I feel his back and side a lot this time- no limbs, thank goodness- so I'm hoping he stays that way.  The way I figure, I experienced the worst of the worst when it comes to labor pain- I had pitocin w/epidural for hours (then I got the epi before turning it off so I could push) with OP and excruciating back labor.  I should be good to go this time if all goes well!  Fingers crossed!  I hope your baby gets cozy in a good position sooner than later, or at least turns at the end!
 

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we've been head down for a few weeks over here, but i'm starting to stress over OP!! when i was preg with ds, i kept close tabs on position and he would often switch between lying on my right or left side, and occasionally would feel straight up OP. When that happened I would try to encourage him to turn by getting on hands and knees and doing some cat/cows or something. And he would be pretty cooperative about spinning around even if he did go back a few minutes later. This one though, ugh! I can almost never palpate a nice firm back! I feel a butt up high and a head down low and limbs up front. Occasionally I think I feel a little bit of back on one side or the other but its fleeting :/ Stepping up webster to weekly, and going to see if I can find the pump for my birth ball. I'm sure sitting on that instead of a regular chair would help too! I've experienced OP labor and OA labor.. and OP is not something I wish to repeat EVER! I was laughing at the peak of a contraction at  7cm with my good positioned baby. OP though.. uggghh.. garden variety active labor feels worse than transition!

 

 

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Baby turned a few days ago - had some very painful acrobatics going on inside then suddenly the hiccups were down low. Relieved. Baby's hanging out to the side and slightly anterior, but I sometimes feel feet too, so it seems baby likes to do the twist. DD did this too, and came out a model OA baby, so I'm not going to fret about that just yet. I'm just so happy we've got the head down. Though the midwives warned me that I have a "pendulous uterus" which means extra roomy, so that means it is possible for baby to turn back at this point. So I'm under strict orders to not do any kind of inversions at all in the next 6 weeks!

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He's mostly, if not always, head down now. Definitely hanging out posterior a lot, though. I have an anterior placenta, so I'm not too surprised. I'll probably start paying more attention and trying to get him to swing around LOA closer to term, but I'm just happy with a vertex babe for now!

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Vertex for 2 days, then breech, then transverse, then vertex, then breech...  Ha ha.  I think she's been head down now for over 24 hours.  We'll see, she still seems to have plenty of room to flip in there!

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So I have been feeling his hiccups down low in my abdomen. Head down!!!

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We can't tell. My midwife tried to palpate but she isn't sure if what she was feeling up top was a butt or a head.
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He's head down, back to my right side usually.

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Head down and mostly LOA or ROA, which is awesome since my placenta is anterior and I've been paranoid about her being posterior.

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He's head down, but appears to have permanently migrated to the far right of my uterus.  He always preferred the right side to the left, but now I'm feeling movement above my right hip bone.  I thought I was going crazy, but my husband saw definite movement all the way on my right, almost in my back.  I guess he just likes it there!

He's been head down for a while, and I'm definitely hoping he stays that way!

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Head Down as of 9/26 when i had a ultrasound.
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Hey ladies, I'm currently stressed to the max because at my "32 week appt" (which was really at 31 weeks) my girlie was breech....again.

With DD she was breech and I narrowly avoided certain c-section-ing by having an ECV at 38 weeks...when I saw midwife last tuesday I was absolutely certain she was head down but lo and behold there she was....sitting on my bladder...legs everywhere. My midwife was very sweet about the whole thing and just told me to do my exercises...etc...but instead of meeting with the other midwife at my next appt it will again be with her....and the OB...

 

I feel like its my uterus. I know they can all be different shapes and sizes and though nothing was ever told to me, so I assume never picked up by ultrasound, I can't help but think if this happens twice in a row it must be something about the way I'm shaped.

 

I walked out of there and got in the car in tears. I know the hormones don't help, but I really did not want to go through the stress of this all again with the chiro appts and the inversions and accupuncture and all that jazz. 

 

I really feel that unlike last time there is so much more "room" in there for her to move around in and I feel like I got her transverse last night but shes back to sitting. I was so sure I had got her head down before the appt. and I swear I felt the hiccups down below....I wonder if she was and she can still flip so easily or if I was just wrong.

 

Anyway, I'm really bummed and I'm really stressed and I'm hoping for the best I just don't feel like "fighting" at the moment....greensad.gif

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My son is breech again. The ONLY way I can tell he's breech these days is his hiccups and they were at the top of my bump last night. greensad.gif

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I'm almost 33 weeks and my baby is still flipping on a regular basis.  She'll be head down for a couple of days, then breech, then transverse.  She seems to have plenty of room to move around so I'm not concerned yet.  My midwives don't start to worry until 34 weeks and then don't really take action until 36+ weeks.  However, they will deliver a breech baby, so it's wouldn't be that much to worry about for me.  Is there a reason that you couldn't have a breech vaginal birth?
 

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Hey ladies, I'm currently stressed to the max because at my "32 week appt" (which was really at 31 weeks) my girlie was breech....again.

With DD she was breech and I narrowly avoided certain c-section-ing by having an ECV at 38 weeks...when I saw midwife last tuesday I was absolutely certain she was head down but lo and behold there she was....sitting on my bladder...legs everywhere. My midwife was very sweet about the whole thing and just told me to do my exercises...etc...but instead of meeting with the other midwife at my next appt it will again be with her....and the OB...

 

I feel like its my uterus. I know they can all be different shapes and sizes and though nothing was ever told to me, so I assume never picked up by ultrasound, I can't help but think if this happens twice in a row it must be something about the way I'm shaped.

 

I walked out of there and got in the car in tears. I know the hormones don't help, but I really did not want to go through the stress of this all again with the chiro appts and the inversions and accupuncture and all that jazz. 

 

I really feel that unlike last time there is so much more "room" in there for her to move around in and I feel like I got her transverse last night but shes back to sitting. I was so sure I had got her head down before the appt. and I swear I felt the hiccups down below....I wonder if she was and she can still flip so easily or if I was just wrong.

 

Anyway, I'm really bummed and I'm really stressed and I'm hoping for the best I just don't feel like "fighting" at the moment....greensad.gif



 

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I'm not sure if the referral OB will do breech births. I know with my first they were out of the question, but I can just see a situation where I would be "allowed" to have one but with stipulations on how, when, and where I labor. Which is just stressful to me.

 

With my daughter there was definately less room, I just feel like unlike the first time where they took the normal wait and see approach they're being very preemptive this time in regards to the babies position.

 

At times I'm almost afraid to do more inversions etc. because I'm afraid the baby has moved transverse or even head down and I'm going to send her back breech.

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Im pretty stressed about positioning at the moment eyesroll.gif  She is breech at 32+ weeks.  I wouldn't say I'm the best candidate for a vaginal breech  (the opposite really), and Ive never had a baby not in position this late in the game.  Its consuming me, the prospect of a C-section, because its my biggest birth fear.

 

 

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I can't work out whether I have a baby who likes being breech, or I just have a roomier uterus second time around.  She was definitely ceph a week ago, but she quickly turned back to breech and I think she's been that way ever since.  It's really hard to tell unless she gets hiccups.  The midwife said at 31 weeks that there was a lot of room for her to move, so perhaps that's still the issue.  So I'm not worrying too much yet.  I know there's lots I can try if she is still breech in a few weeks, and I'll have an ECV if nothing gentler works.  But it's not a situation I really want to be in.

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