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post #21 of 76
If it helps ease your mind, there is no evidence that a bigger baby is correlated with a longer labor or more pain (and smaller babies are not associated with shorter or easier labors). The size of the baby really has no influence on how long or difficult your labor will be. The position of the baby is a much more relevant factor with length of labor and pain. A doula is a great idea no matter what though!
post #22 of 76
Thread Starter 

Thanks womenswisdom!  I was worried about tearing or the need to have an episiotomy or something like that.  I found a doula that is familiar with aromatherapy and massage therapy so I'm hoping that will make a huge difference!  I have my US tomorrow so I should have a better idea about why I'm measuring big (but also knowing that the US may not be that accurate).  I'll keep y'all posted.

post #23 of 76

I'm really glad that my OB has not once mentioned my fundal height and only started measuring it the past couple of visits.  Considering I've had 4cs but plan to vbac (vaginal birth after c-section), I think it is a very good sign that he is not worried about the size of the baby.  He also hasn't mentioned anything about going past 40 weeks or scheduling a cs "just in case." 

We know it will be a big baby (my smallest was 9#6oz and they've been bigger each time, the last was 10#11oz) and we know I will likely go up to 42 weeks (or at least past 40 since I always have.)  I'm feeling very blessed to have an OB who isn't trying to scare me into a c-section!

post #24 of 76
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Had my US visit yesterday.  Baby is still posterior breech at 32 weeks 4 days.  They estimated his weight at 5 lbs 12 oz and based upon measurements at 35 weeks 4 days.  (I know that can be off).  They said that it won't change my due date, but the breech position will need to be monitored.  I'll just wait to see what happens.  As long as he's healthy, I can handle whatever comes our way for labor/ delivery!  ROTFLMAO.gif

post #25 of 76
Thread Starter 

And they couldn't get a picture because of the posterior positioning....  All of his US pictures are of him curled up on a ball or posterior, so I can't see his little face- bummer.  lol

post #26 of 76
Thread Starter 
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(my smallest was 9#6oz and they've been bigger each time, the last was 10#11oz)

 

Oh my gosh- those are HUGE babies!  

post #27 of 76

If it gives any relief. I pushed a 7lb 14 oz the first time at 38 weeks along and my biggest and most recent baby was 9lbs 3 oz (at 41 wks) and had no tearing with her. Pushed hands and knees. Just saying I agree with previous poster that said weight of baby isn't necessarily that big of a deal like they make it out to be. Usually your body won't make a baby bigger than you can birth though there are rare cases.  I hope baby turns for you. He still has time to get into position. 

post #28 of 76
Thread Starter 
I've checked out spinning babies and have been doing exercises, but no luck yet. I have another ultrasound at 36 weeks so I'll know more by then...
post #29 of 76

My baby girl turned a couple of weeks ago.  I'm now at 35 1/2 weeks.  I was doing hands and knees inversions every evening and had just gotten a prenatal massage from a wonderful therapist who's had experience turning babies.  A couple of days later she turned.  This is my first baby so I wasn't certain until we used our doppler and the heartbeat was lower down.  Then she started the hiccups and they were super loud and low in my pelvis.  A few days later, my midwife confirmed that she'd turned.

 

I do know they can turn back and she still has a little room to move around but keeping fingers crossed she stays head down.  In Florida, midwives can't deliver breach and it means automatic c-section.....

 

I'd spoken to my acupunturist and we were sent to start moxabustion and accupressure treatment.  You may want to look into that JNajla......

post #30 of 76
Thread Starter 
I'd never considered massage to help with turning, but I love the sounds of that! I'm also doing inversion exercises so we'll see. I have an OB apt Wed so I'll know for sure what position he's in, but last night he was kicking on my bladder to the point where I almost leaked urine so I'm certain he's still footling breech... (stubborn little one!).
post #31 of 76

I'm 35.5 weeks and the baby has been either breech or sometimes transverse all along despite my obsessive attention to posture and exercises and all that. I just used the hypnobabies program for turning a breech baby for the first time and the baby definitely moved a lot while I was doing it, and I think right after she was turned head down, but she may have gone back to transverse. (It's pretty easy to feel her position and kicks, but sometimes I'm not sure.) Still, it was hopeful. I'll keep working with it, and telling the baby "head down, facing my back, chin tucked, please! we'll have a lot more fun giving birth that way!"

 

My midwife is old school and actually allows breech births. (She was hospital trained overseas in how to do it.) So I don't have to worry about risking out to the hospital too much. But it would be much nicer to not have the whole breech scenario to think about.
 

post #32 of 76

I find cat cow in the tub with water helps with positioning for me

post #33 of 76
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I had acupuncture today and a moxa stick treatment. Supposed to do the moxa sticks at home for the next 10 days. We'll see what happens!
post #34 of 76

I did the hypnosis thing for several days, and during each session I could feel my ligaments and uterus relaxing (wow!) and then during the parts where you ask your baby to move, I could feel her moving, but she didn't necessarily move all the way to head down. She finally moved to head down today, though! For the first time I felt kicks in my upper belly--how exciting! Now I just need her to stay in that position for a few more weeks. (Right now I'm at 36 weeks.)

 

Interested to see how the moxa thing works for you, JNajla! Wishing you the best!
 

post #35 of 76
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Last night, baby was more active than I have felt him yet in the third trimester.  He was a wiggle worm, doing break-dancing in there or something.  I'm wondering if it had anything to do with the acupuncture or moxa stick treatment??  I had an OB appt after acupuncture and I was floored that my OB had never heard of acupuncture/ moxa stick/ Webster chiropractic to help invert a baby.  She asked me if they stuck needles in my belly?!?  WTF.  She's a really sweet, caring doctor, but she's absolutely clueless about homeopathic medicine/ alternative treatments.  I told her that I refuse to do manual inversion due to the risks with footling breech.  So, I'll continue with the acupuncture/ chiropractic for the next few weeks and just see what happens.  He still has time to turn.

post #36 of 76
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She finally moved to head down today, though! For the first time I felt kicks in my upper belly--how exciting! Now I just need her to stay in that position for a few more weeks. (Right now I'm at 36 weeks.)

 

Yeah!  Baby turned!  joy.gif

post #37 of 76

My little one was pretty active right before she turned so keeping my fingers crossed for you that she's getting ready!

post #38 of 76
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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post She's a really sweet, caring doctor, but she's absolutely clueless about homeopathic medicine/ alternative treatments.  I told her that I refuse to do manual inversion due to the risks with footling breech.  So, I'll continue with the acupuncture/ chiropractic for the next few weeks and just see what happens.  He still has time to turn.

 

 

I was worried about ECV, too. My doula sent me this article that gave me some hope that it was preferable over a c-section. But I haven't looked into ECV much beyond that article, because I thought it likely that the baby would move. Thought I'd share in case it brings up any data you hadn't already been through. Hope you won't need it, though!

 

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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

 

Yeah!  Baby turned!  joy.gif

 

 

I didn't realize how preoccupied and stressed I felt until she went head down finally. Thanks for sharing in my relief and happiness! Look forward to celebrating your head down baby with you!

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Originally Posted by helenh View Post

My little one was pretty active right before she turned so keeping my fingers crossed for you that she's getting ready!

 

I think movement is a good sign, too.

post #39 of 76
What about a rebozo ? And some sifting?
post #40 of 76
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Originally Posted by amlikam View Post

What about a rebozo ? And some sifting?

 

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