Also, I had a lot of bleeding in the begining of my pregnancy, I had a previa early on that moved. The ultrasound said my placenta was "anterior" Is anterior considered normal enough for a vaginal delivery (in case he does turn)
What are the chances that my baby will turn head down? I am so scared and don't want a c-section
Breech at 31 weeks is considered normal. Rate of breech at that gestation vary depending on what you read, from as low as 7% to has high as 25% but by term the rate of breech is about 3%.
This is what spinning babies says http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-p...tions/sideways
And the anterior placenta shouldn't impact on your delivery choices as far as I'm aware.
ETA - I would consider a complaint to the office manager of wherever you had the scan. That tech was *way* out of line!!!!!
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
An anterior placenta can make a baby present in a posterior position in early labor, but a lot of babies do. the PP linked you to spinningbabies.com which has a TON of great info in both breach and posterior babies. When you're sitting, make sure your knees are always lower than your hips for one, and try to spend some time each day in your 3rd trimester on your hands and knees. If you have a good chiropractor, adjustments late in pregnancy can help keep everything aligned so that even if baby is posterior early in labor once he starts to drop down further he'll have the room to flip to anterior.
IBCLC to be & newly single mama to Ariana Raen 8/31/08
With me, #1 was breech from 30 weeks until term (despite concerted efforts and a failed ECV) and was a c-section. #2 was breech at 31 weeks (I just about went through the roof when I learned that!) and turned within a week of discovering this with the help of moxibustion and accpuncture (and some good luck). #2 was a great VBAC birth.
If I were you I would start chiropractic (Webster), moxa, and breech tilts NOW. It's easier to turn the baby now than it will be later. Hypnobabies also makes a guided visualization CD called Turn Your Breech Baby NOW that I had a copy of (and later sent to a friend who needed it). Worth the $20 I think. I'd throw everything in the book at it ASAP. Good luck! Chances are very good that your baby will flip with or without your help, but it can't hurt. Mostly, try not to worry too much. That really ruined the last part of my first pregnancy and I wish it hadn't.
Mom to James ( 5/2006), Claire ( 6/2008), furry kitties Calvin and Bob, and wife to Dennis.
my DS was breech until 35 weeks (found out at 32 week u/s) .. i went to a chiropractor to help him turn.. (webster tech.) i 2nd/3rd etc the spinningbabies info.
my DS was breech at 31 or 32 weeks, he turned by himself with no issues. my midwife at the time said it's totally normal for second (or third, etc) babies to have more room at that point than your first, and that's giving them LOTS of time to turn.
That said, I do agree with kltroy that starting prevention techniques now is never a bad idea (I've never had a breech and already started seeing a chiropractor to have the webster technique just to be safe). Optimal positioning and all that (I'm trying to avoid another posterior baby).
From the very "mainstream" website of Baby Center:
|When labor begins at term, nearly 97 percent of babies are set to come out head first. Most of the rest are breech.|
|By the beginning of your third trimester, your practitioner should be able to tell what position your baby is in by feeling your abdomen and locating the baby's head, back, and bottom. About a quarter of babies are breech at this point, but most will turn on their own over the next two months.|
As mentioned in the article that I linked, your doc/midwife can turn your baby by external cephalic version (ECV) if your baby is still breech at 37 weeks. (And if they don't offer or dismiss the idea, definitely find a new practitioner). I hear that the procedure is uncomfortable (I think that's a euphemism for "ouch!") But it may be worth a shot.
A lot of women here also swear by going to a Webster-Certified chiropractor. This site talks about that and helps you locate one in your area. Others have had luck with acupuncture.
My DD finally turned at 36 weeks. All that I did were some exercises recommended in The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. Not sure if it was by cause or correlation, but my baby did turn!
You have lots of options; try all of them if you're super nervous. Good luck
|Ultrasound techs are not doctors and are grossly unqualified to be giving obstetric advice.|
My dd flip-flopped from breech to vertex and back again until about 10 hours before she was born, so please just let that go in one ear and out the other. That made me mad for you, that you had to hear that, and I wasn't even there! Grrr. Talking C-section at 31 weeks makes me just....
J, partner-in-crime to D, mama to 4, including our brand new , missing my 7-wk-er
My completely mainstream obstetrician, who is now head of L&D at the hospital where I gave birth, was completely blase about it. Basically, she booked me in for a 36 week ultrasound and said if that showed baby was breech, then we'd discuss the options. And she didn't mention it again. (Baby turned the morning of the u/s.)
If your baby is still breech at 36-37 weeks, then it becomes a concern. But really--at 31 it absolutely isn't.
The only concern you need to have is that late breech (I forget the cutoff) is associated with a higher risk of hip dysplasia. If your baby turns late in pregnancy, you may be advised to have her hips scanned. It's painless and easy (we had it done).
DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011
2. My cousin was actually post-dates before the fact the baby was breech was found, her midwife sent her into the hospital to get the baby turned, and she had a terrific homebirth. This just happened a month ago.
For me, I'd do some of the exercises and make sure I lean mostly forward while sitting, found that really helped
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Also, breech babies don't HAVE to be a c-section. My first baby was born breech, naturally, with no problems. If yours stays breech, look into your options! Good luck!
I am so glad that there is still hope that my little man will turn. I swear I feel him head up some days and head down others. He is my fourth baby. I have never had an ultrasound at this point of pregnancy before, so I wouldn't know if my others were breech at this stage or not. I've only ever had 20 week ultrasounds. This 31 week ultrasound was all new to me.
Thank you all SO much, you have made me feel SO much better!