Karin - breastfeeding , cloth diapering: , cosleeping ;, homeschooling , babywearing !, AP Mama to Martin, Ivy Rose, Patrick and Neva , wife to Kevin
There have been several other threads on getting baby's to turn (search this form or MDC forums in general), but here's some info to get you started....I would definitely try some of these before having a version.
(go here to do a zipcode search for a chriopractor in your area certified to do the Webster Technique http://www.icpa4kids.com/find_pediat...iropractor.htm)
Addt'l Info About Webster Technique:
"The late Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a technique which enabled chiropractors to release stress on the pregnant woman's pelvis and cause relaxation to the uterus and surrounding ligaments. The relaxed uterus would make it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. The technique is known as the Webster Breech Technique. "
"The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue that 82% of doctors using the Webster Technique reported success. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique in the 8th month of pregnancy."
One Midwife's Collection of Breech Turning Techniques:
Other Natural Techniques for Encouraging Breech Babies to Turn:
"The following two techniques often suggested by Physical Therapist, Penny Simkin, are things you can try at home for free, with no risks involved.
The Breech Tilt: Raise hips 12' or 30cm off the floor using large, solid pillows three times daily for 10-15 minutes each time. This is best done on an empty stomach,and at a time when your baby is active. Concentrate on your baby and not tensing your body, especially in the abdomen area."
"We know that babies can hear sounds outside the womb, so many women have used music or taped recordings of their voice to try to get their baby to move towards the "noise!" Headphones placed on the lower part of your abdomen, playing either music or your voice, has encouraged babies to move towards the sounds and out of the breech position."
"There are also homeopathic remedies that women have found to very successful in breech situations. Contact your local holistic practitioner about the use of Moxibustion (acupuncture treatment using moxa/charcoal, no needles) or Pulsatilla in turning breech babies naturally."
Sorry though, I don't really have any positive c-section stories for you (can you tell with the fact that I'm trying for a VBAC?) but I'd really try anything I could to avoid a c-section if you've got another one to look after. If all else fails, just have a good support network to help you out during your recovery Best of luck mama!!
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-Wait to go into labor on your own...your babe could still turn, but even if that doesn't happen, waiting for natural labor is best. There's no rush.
-discuss options with your dr and find out what hopsital policy is about having people with you. My own hospital only allowed one person in the OR with me total (so my doula wasn't able to come in even after my dh left with dd), but some allow one person at a time so a doula might be able to stay with you while your dh went with your babe.
-Get the nurses on your side...they know this isn't the delivery you wanted and they can do a lot to help you through the experience. Make sure they know you want to nurse and that you want the little one with you much as possible (for example, have the babe bathed in your recovery room, have an LC in the recovery room to assist you, etc). You probably wont be allowed out of bed for 24 hours (and will have a catheter in place) so having someone in the room with you or having sympathetic nurses is important. The beds at my hospital were too narrow for co-sleeping (and it was against policy) so it was cruicial that dh was there to bring dd to me, change her diaper, etc.
-line up some serious post partum support. I recovered quickly, but it was still several weeks before I felt anything near normal, and for the first 5-7 days I was in a lot of pain. I envy women who got along on tylenol!
-buy some stool softener and some adult gas drops (you can use infant gas drops but you need to take a ton. adult tablets are less expensive)...it'll really help with the post-op gas and constipation.
And really...although I never want to have another c/s, it wasn't that bad. The nurses were amazingly supportive and sympathetic, the spinal provided total pain relief (after almost 19 hours of natural active labor, the pain relief actually had me pretty giddy), and the recovery process wasn't bump free but it still went pretty smoothly.
One thing I'd suggest (based on other mamas I know who had c/s and toddlers) is DON'T DO TO MUCH! Doctors recommend not lifting anything heavier than your newborn for the first week, and not doing any serious lifting for the first month. It's hard, but try to follow that advice! Adhesions are no fun, and doing too much to soon can increase your chances for adhesions. Some exercise books (like Bounce Back after the Baby...written by a woman who had a medically necessary c/s with twins...or Lose your Mummy Tummy) have sections that deal specifically with c/s recovery and scar massage. They might be worth looking at before the babe arrives.
Good luck mama...I hope that little one turns!
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But second, from someone that's had an emergency c-section, it is not that bad. It really isn't. Sure, natural birth is always preferable, but sometimes things happen that we can't control. I don't want to play down the emotional issues that can result from a c-section, but the bottom line is that your baby is healthy and happy, just upside-down.
If you have to have a c-section or a vaginal delivery, you'll recover and you'll love your baby and your baby will love you, and you'll be holding that sweet little thing in your arms no matter how it came out.
My advise: get up and get moving ASAP! I was out of bed walking an hour and half after surgery. Our hospital policy is we must get the mom out of bed (at least up to sit in a chair) by 8 hrs after delivery. Don't do aerobics or anything , but do try to walk in the hall early and often. It will keep you from getting constipated and having painful gas.
Also, take the pain meds. Don't try and be super brave. Pain will make it harder to nurse and can even delay having your milk come in. If you can, wait to have the section until labor starts as you will have an easier time with milk production. Laboring a bit gets the juices flowing.
And make sure dh knows exactly what you want and what is important to you. I was dopey from the pain meds and couldn't advocate for the things I wanted very well. Dh was just overwhelmed. We've discussed things this time and he is more prepared in case the VBAC is unsuccessful.
Good luck and lots of vibes.
You might find this thread interesting too http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=400030. Being breech doesn't mean a c/sec is safer.
If a c/sec is required, I found this article interesting. Admittedly, I don't like the term "natural cesarean", but the idea of a gentle one is very comforting. http://www.guardian.co.uk/family/sto...656246,00.html
You asked about recovery-my experience with pain meds has been a little different from most of the stories I read. I felt so much better as soon as I was weaned from the epidural to morphine. Then, I stopped taking the morphine after 16 hours also, and felt much better again with the elimination of the morphine. I only took Motrin for a few days after that. I do agree that if you are too numb, you might do too much and hinder your healing.
Except for the tiredness that comes with a newborn, I feel great. Of course, my incision is still healing, but this has not been as bad as I feared.
I wish you the best of luck!