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Please, please, PLEASE baby...

post #1 of 17
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...stop being posterior!

We've worked well together so far; you flipped head down a few weeks back (at least that's what I was told!). I've stopped reclining back in our crummy futon. I always sit up straight, or on my ball. I spend lots of time on my hands and knees. I've gone to the pool and swam belly down. I've been speaking to you. I've visualized you spinning around to the right position. And STILL, I get lots and lots of movement in front, so I *know* you're still posterior. Am I doing something wrong here?

Please...can we make some kind of a deal here so I don't end up with back labor?! Please???
post #2 of 17
I am sure you've checked out spinningbabies.com, right?

Also, remember that babies can turn during labor too. Just b/c babe is posterior now doesn't mean she will be for the labor.

Think good thoughts! I'll think some for you too!
post #3 of 17
Probably nothing much more that you can do! If it helps, I've always gone into labor with a posterior babe, but have never had back labor. They just like this position in utero, all five of them!! As soon as labor starts, they rotate.
post #4 of 17
My babe is lofged permanently on the righ side of my belly, which also isn't ideal, but I've totally let go of worrying about it. I've decided he probably knows what's he doing. Labour may be a little longer in the end, but so be it.

I say, let go, enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy, and trust in your baby and your body to get this all done right.
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My babe is lofged permanently on the righ side of my belly,...
Mine too! I don't think I've ever felt a tickle to the left of my belly button. What's wrong with it over there? I'm starting to look really weird too--very lopsided!
post #6 of 17
I have the same right-sided issue with all the movement going on toward the lower front of my uterus and right around (usually on) my cervix. I'm scheduled for a u/s tomorrow to see if babe is head up or down -- neither my mw nor I can tell. (I think she's still head up.) For now, I feel like her head is about to pop out my right side by the top of my ribs.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll turn when the time comes, if not before. I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of you too!
post #7 of 17
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Please...can we make some kind of a deal here so I don't end up with back labor?! Please???
I know that spinningbabies.com can make it seem super important to have your baby in the right position, but like Tanya said, it is also possible to have the baby turn in labor. Dd was posterior until I went into labor and she turned and I never had a problem with back labor. So, try to relax (if you can) and trust it will be fine. you are doing what you can and probably don't need the added stress of the 'perfect' presentation. Just my 2 cents.

Jacqueline
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Originally Posted by Nimbus View Post
I'm scheduled for a u/s tomorrow to see if babe is head up or down -- neither my mw nor I can tell.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was checked by 3 midwives and one l & d nurse in the past three weeks and no one could say for sure. I had an u/s on Thursday and she is head down. Whew! Hoping the same for you.
post #9 of 17
I'm 37 wks. and I don't think he's lined up yet. Head down - yes. But I think he prefers his back against my right side because I get kicks up and down the left side of my belly. Not in the middle just on the left side - mostly. I've only seen my midwife 3 times this pregnancy so I'm not sure if I'm right but I'll find out in 1.5 wks when I see her next.

I'm not really worried about it. I have back labor regardless. I am in the small percentage that is built for it. It's managable - I've had all my babies at home. If you're really concerned - read up on ways to relieve/handle back labor. There's some good threads.

I'm thinking his preference of position might have something to do with the placement of the placenta?? I have an anterior placenta this time so I'm actually lopsided enough that today the muscles on the left side of my spine are achey from compensating.
post #10 of 17
SO many posterior babies turn in labor. Don't worry, she knows what she's doing!

My son didn't turn and was birthed posterior, but he had been posterior for months. It sounds like your baby has made all lot of moves! She'll turn!!!
post #11 of 17
Well posterior sounds ok to me - mine goes from vertex to breech to transverse - ack - I am trying to relax about it and since I cannot control it really (other than try my best through positioning and chiro work) I am learning to let go I say you don't worry too much either. Do what you can and then trust that she knows what she is doing
post #12 of 17
Alot of those "cervical" pangs women describe enduring are actually the baby moving his head against the anterior vaginal wall, oftentimes in an attempt to change position. So that can be a good sign!

And a way to assess vertex vs breech is to consider where you're feeling hiccups. Sometimes it's all along the back, but if you're lucky, you might feel them at one end or the other. (I often feel them deep in my butt!)

My baby tends to favor the right side and is a bit posterior most of the time. I don't worry about it.
post #13 of 17
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And a way to assess vertex vs breech is to consider where you're feeling hiccups. Sometimes it's all along the back, but if you're lucky, you might feel them at one end or the other. (I often feel them deep in my butt!)
I am so happy to hear someone else say that. I told dh the other night that I was feeling hiccups in my butt and he looked at me like I was crazy.
post #14 of 17
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And a way to assess vertex vs breech is to consider where you're feeling hiccups. Sometimes it's all along the back, but if you're lucky, you might feel them at one end or the other. (I often feel them deep in my butt!)
I feel baby's hiccups on the front, lower left side. Don't know what that means exactly, but maybe the chest area of the baby is down? That would be great. (Not sure I want to feel them in my butt. Sometimes I feel them near my cervix, which is a strange sensation.)
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by ladyelms View Post
And a way to assess vertex vs breech is to consider where you're feeling hiccups. Sometimes it's all along the back, but if you're lucky, you might feel them at one end or the other. (I often feel them deep in my butt!)
Yes! I get those hiccups deep in my butt, sometimes in my hoo-ha, but in the last 3 weeks, always down low. It's kinda weird to have your...parts jiggle on their own like that

I get the feeling that baby is going to stay on my right side...whenever I feel a back, it's almost always on my right side. Maybe the left side of my uterus isn't as "comfortable"
post #16 of 17
Have you seen a chiro and had the webster technique performed? If not I would do so ASAP..... I have had two posterior pregnancies but my third was posterior until the end (thanks to a chiro!) and this one has remained anterior after flipping also thanks to a chiro. Spinningbabies.com and positioning is important and great but to do there have been no studies to establish its effectiveness and the website even makes this disclaimer -- some midwives question its effectiveness. But chiro care has been shown to be effective. So if not -- I would get chiro care ASAP. If you have already done that and your babe is still posterior -- then learn what you need to do in labor to get the baby to turn during labor and deal with a posterior labor. I have been there several times and I wish you well!
post #17 of 17
I have attended probably close to 1000 labor/births and I would say once you are in labor, most babies rotate at some point. That is why not having an epidural is good b/c we will move our bodies into the position necessary to assist them in rotating just right. Also, your baby needs to descend to the point where it hits the firmness of your pelvic floor to have something to rotate on--so possibly your baby is too high to rotate successfully yet?
That being said, I can't tell you if having and anterior-positioned baby prior to labor assists with the start of a functional labor (maybe it does).
I think my baby is posterior (36 weeks) and my mom said that her first baby was posterior until she was 9 cm (she had a million hour labor with back labor and finally they did an Xray of her pelvis, (crazy times back then) and determined her baby was posterior. They had her assume the side-lieing position that assists with turning babies and instantly the baby turned-flew down the birth canal and she only pushed a few times).
So like someone else said, I would not worry about it, enjoy the last few weeks or days of your pregnancy and see what happens.
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