I've read/heard some negative things about breech babies such as possibility of neurological issues, and mostly the fact that I will likely have to have a c-section if he does not turn soon. Sometimes it doesn't help to read things online! I really did not want to have a c-section, although I will not be devastated if that is what it comes to. I am more just worried about having a healthy baby and myself being healthy in the end.
I tend to worry a lot anyway because I have had a couple of pregnancy losses, one at 19 weeks. I do however have a wonderful healthy DD born naturally full-term. I feel so blessed, but at the same time I haven't even been able to sleep for days worrying about the baby, birth, etc.
My husband and I are trying acupuncture, exercises that are supposed to encourage the baby to turn, etc. but I have pretty much ruled out aversion (where Doctors physically try to turn the baby and is successful about 50-60% of the time- although does pose some risks to mom and baby).
I feel so confused and worried at this point but I'm trying to focus on the positive. I would love to hear any successful breech birth stories (c-section or not) or any advice anyone has on this subject. Thanks so much for listening!
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I know this is not the same as breech, but he did wait until the last minute to get ready.
We did have an ultrasound-guided external version done the previous week. It didn't seem to help immediately, but who knows? It wasn't very uncomfortable, but I did have a bruised feeling for a couple days after.
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DS1 (6) , DS2 (3) , DD is here!
I tried all the gentle methods, laying practically on my head several times a day, flashlight, music, cold and hot packs etc. and it definitely wasn't interested in turning. Finally I booked an ECV for 36weeks, took pulsatilla, had a chiro treatment (webster) and used moxa sticks. Nothing worked still.
Then I had a long deep chat with baby and explained how much more complicated his/her start to life on the outside would be if it didn't turn sooner than later and what do you know - a couple hours later it flipped!
I started a thread in Birth & Beyond asking for positive stories, it helped calm my worries about the baby not turning.
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
|Then I had a long deep chat with baby and explained how much more complicated his/her start to life on the outside would be if it didn't turn sooner than later and what do you know - a couple hours later it flipped!|
I know it's hard, but try not to worry about it too much. You still have time for the baby to turn.
You might be interested to know that Canada is now recommending vaginal birth for breech babies as long as there are no other complications. They are teaching their OBs that if done right, a vaginal birth for a breech baby is at no higher risk than a c-section birth. Here are a couple of websites:
Tizzy - I love your story - so inspiring! think it's time for a little chat, and maybe for me to consider the fact that my life has been pretty busy lately...could baby be trying to tell me something?
Norasmommy - I hope your baby rediscovers that being head down is the best strategy. You are not alone in going through this. do let us know how you make out.
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Infertility has been part of this journey - no more littles for us, but so grateful we have two happy healthy boys and we can now begin to heal from that experience
Since then I have heard of the great numbers of babes who turn by themselves before labor. GL with whatever you decide to do!