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Baby turned breech and I'm in so much pain

post #1 of 14
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Baby turned from almost head down (slightly angled towards my hip) to a complete breech on Thursday (I'm just over 38 weeks). My midwife is currently in Mexico, with no backup left here. She won't deliver breech (according to her room-mate that I got a hold of) and I'm not holding my breath on any of the doctors around here---I'm in a very rural and narrowminded area. Hopefully my family doctor will be able to give me some options when I see her on Monday---she's been so supportive of my homebirth and choices up until this point.

As if that itself isn't stressing enough, I honestly feel like I've been hit by a truck. Maybe I'm just a wimp but both my first pregnancy/birth and this one have been so smooth. I have constant pain in my left side which is worse when I'm standing or lying. I've been using medium heat from rice socks to get some relief. I also get some relief when I've got my shoulders down and rump in the air---which I'm doing to try and encourage her to turn. The pain is making me nauseous. Is this normal when a fairly big baby turns breech? I'm hoping that she'll turn back on her own. At least nature gave me a long torso!

I'm feeling very defeated here.
post #2 of 14
I was born breech, but that was when more doctors were delivering breech vaginally. Now it's so hard to find someone who does. Have you considered chiro, or version? Many people have used those techniques successfully. I don't know enough about breech to give much advice, but wanted to let you know I'm sorry! I hope your babe turns! You've still got time yet though.
post #3 of 14
post #4 of 14
I am pregnant with my second baby - and my second breech baby! My son must have stayed very high in my body. I don't remember feeling anything is my pelvis but I could always feel his little round head right below my chest. This baby is also breech and I feel much more pressure in my pelvic bones. My left side often hurts more than the right. Last week I could barely move in certain positions. I have been doing prenatal yoga throughout this pregnancy and many poses that never bothered me have been too painful recently.

So I don't have an answer for you but I can sympathize. I think your babe and mine may just be further down in the pelvis.

If you get some relief from the breech tilts (shoulders and rump in the air), keep doing those. I think if your baby just turned breech, there is a good likelihood he/she will turn vertex again.
post #5 of 14
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Thanks mamas---I'm going to fight tooth and nail to see if I can find a Dr. to do a version (the only midwife around here is mine--and she's gone!) We'll see! I phoned every chiro in the book yesterday (including my own) and none of them are trained in the webster technique : It's my birthday tomorrow----and there's only one present I really want!! C'mon flip baby! DH, DD and I are going to go swimming tomorrow. I've heard that the weightlessness sometimes helps!
post #6 of 14
I feel your pain. I found out my ds was breech at 38 weeks and it was VERY painful. It felt like his head was trying to bust through my skin just below the left side of my rib cage. I would have to physically hold his head down with my hand on the outside of my body to try to relieve the pressure/pain (he was on the bigger side - 9.5lbs 22 inches,& 15 inch head). I would definitely recommend going to www.icpa4kids.com website and finding the nearest chiro to you who is certified in Webster. The chiro I went to was quite far from me and not listed in my phone book b/c she wasn't located within the area my phonebook covered. It was SO WORTH it! Of course the main reason was so that I could have the natural vaginal birth that I wanted for me and my son, but I definitely would have done Webster just for the relief from the pain I got when he turned head down. I hope you are feeling some relief soon!
post #7 of 14
My babe is breech at nearly 33 weeks but I have more time than you do.
I agree - find a chiropractor, we will start the webster technique if this little one is still breech in a couple of weeks, then I'll try accupuncture. Try not to worry, babies flip all the time - even in labor so don't let anyone force you into anything before you go into labor.

Keri
post #8 of 14
I would try as much yoga as you can while you're trying to find a chiro. Pelvic rocks (hands and knees, curl back to the ceiling, then back to horizontal. Repeatxxxxx); downward-facing dog; all the other positions in wh your head is below your butt! You can google "yoga and breech baby"--there are lots of links.
post #9 of 14
Chiro, yoga, tailor sitting, pelvic rocks, all great advice! You could also try laying on your back in a reverse upright position. Spend time with your hips higher than your head by either lying upside down on an inclined ironing board or by placing pillows under their hips. Baby's head is heavy, so that might encourage baby to flip back. Place a flashlight or headphones near your pelvic bone. Talk to your baby. Meditate and ask him to turn. Work together and tell baby you want to work together to make a wonderful birthday for you both. Also try the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla.

Even though you are 38 weeks, you could realistically have another 4 weeks to go. If baby turned once, baby can turn again! Don't take your mw's roomates word for what she will or won't do. Just take a deep breath and try some other tecniques before finding a doc who will try to do a version, then only give you a cesarean.

Good luck!
post #10 of 14
Honestly, see a chiro that practices the Webster technique...
post #11 of 14
My breech didn't cause me much pain, but he was always like that - maybe yours hurts more because you were used to him being in the other direction? Sorry I don't had much advice for feeling better, except that if you like the tilts, keep doing them! Mine were soo uncomfortable, maybe because ds didn't want to turn.

He never did turn (and we tried everything but acupuncture) - but maybe yours is just experimenting. I hope he turns back over soon!

Just in case he doesn't and if you can't find anyone for a natural birth in your area, I recommend the Farm. (http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/Midw...r/Default.aspx - not a very good website, but it has the center phone number) They took me at the very end of my pregnancy - I had ds 3 days after going for a visit! They have houses for people from far away to stay while they wait for labor to start. I had a great experience there, so i keep recommending it to everyone!

hapersmion
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by hapersmion View Post

Just in case he doesn't and if you can't find anyone for a natural birth in your area, I recommend the Farm. (http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/Midw...r/Default.aspx - not a very good website, but it has the center phone number) They took me at the very end of my pregnancy - I had ds 3 days after going for a visit! They have houses for people from far away to stay while they wait for labor to start. I had a great experience there, so i keep recommending it to everyone!

hapersmion
That is SO cool!!!!!! Do you have a birth story around here? I'd love to read it! If not, could you PM it to me? Seriously, SO cool!
post #13 of 14
if all else fails and you can't find a doc to do webster, if yours is willing, i'd be happy to explain it over the phone or email - it's not complicated, worth a shot. (pm me for my contact info)
nak
post #14 of 14
Heh, thanks, I was pretty happy about it myself. Here it is:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=589894

hapersmion
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