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#1 of 19 Old 03-20-2007, 11:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My baby seems to favour one side of my belly, and isn't back-out, consistently yet. My mw suggested some positions to encourage it to swing into the optimal position, anterior I guess. I've been doing these, but also feeling either that I'm being a little overly cautious (it was never mentioned last time) and also that I 'need to get my baby out of the nearly-posterior position'. Anyone else thinking about this, have had it suggested to her or anything??
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the way i understand it, loa (left occiput anterior, with the baby on the left side of your belly) is an optimal position; roa is slightly less so--because of the way the baby rotates as it descends the birth canal? i think? actual posterior is less than ideal (face up, if you're laying down), but otherwise i wouldn't worry.

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I think mine is doing the same thing - favoring a certain side and position, which I am suspicious is mostly posterior because I can see and feel what look like limbs rolling across my belly. My MW agreed at my 34w appointment - but then at my 36w appt a different MW said she thought he had moved to anterior. I thought maybe he had too but now it feels like he might be back to the same old position. I am really unsure. I can tell he is head down but he seems to move from side to side and around still - I have an appointment tomorrow so going to get the 3rd MW's opinion! I do feel like he has moved down somewhat so I hope if he gets to like being anterior - isn't it harder for them to turn once engaged?

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my baby is posterior too. I am almost 38 weeks and I have been doing some of the exercises also. I would really, really, really, like to avoid back labor. From what I understand- it is not really a problem until labor and most babies turn anterior as labor starts. I am not real sure of this but I am hoping............:
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I would say you've got a bit of time up your sleeve before it becomes a real issue, but having been through a posterior labour, I can tell you that they are a lot more difficult than an anterior. I'd be avoiding one if it were me. Ds1 was posterior and a 32-hour labour. Ds2 was not and only 10 hours.
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I think mine is doing the same thing - favoring a certain side and position, which I am suspicious is mostly posterior because I can see and feel what look like limbs rolling across my belly. My MW agreed at my 34w appointment - but then at my 36w appt a different MW said she thought he had moved to anterior. I thought maybe he had too but now it feels like he might be back to the same old position. I am really unsure. I can tell he is head down but he seems to move from side to side and around still - I have an appointment tomorrow so going to get the 3rd MW's opinion! I do feel like he has moved down somewhat so I hope if he gets to like being anterior - isn't it harder for them to turn once engaged?

Exactly what I feel too, so many limbs rolling HARD across the front and top of my belly. And as a pp said, I think it's favouring the right side, and could roll to be totally posterior. At first I didnt' care, thinking, well, I can still birth it, but like mezzydotes said I think I would rather avoid that. So ya, I'm doing the exercises to, and just trying to keep it in the back of my mind instead of worrying aobut it. Would I know if it turned? I don't remember at all with ds, but maybe becuase it was different. Would I feel it's hard back down the front of my belly, and more movement in the back? Because I have an anterior placenta, my mw said maybe it is having trouble switching to the other side. Hm
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My baby is hanging out along my right side. I don't really care, honestly. She's head down, which is all I really was asking her to do. I anticipate that she'll swing her back to my belly once labor begins but if she doesn't.... meh, whatever. I'm going to birth this girl and enjoy every minute of it regardless of how she lays. She was breech for a long time, and then transverse for a couple weeks, so I'm just glad she's head down now.
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mine is hanging out posterior a lot, if not that than sideways with it's back against my right side. i'm thinking the placenta must be somewhere on the left or something b/c it's been in this position constantly for about 10 weeks...

i'm being very conscious about getting it out of the posterior position... back labor is HORRIBLE (although i had it last time b/c of my tilted uterus, not b/c of ds' position)... we'll see.

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I had two babies that were not posterior and still had excruciating back labor, so I'm trying not to stress about this and am just trying to trust that the baby will get into the most optimal position for my particular body...the baby seems to prefer the right side and when I asked the midwife, "shouldn't his back be left?" (LOA) - she was great - just said, 'sure, if that's what's right for your pelvis'. now - that's the kind of comment that helps
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I mostly feel baby's butt as a big lump on my left side (not terribly far left of center) and feet, etc on my right side (about the same height, just right of center).

I have a fundal placenta... had never heard of them before.
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I have back labor just like the babe's posterior. I would suggest the exercises just to avoid it-- but you can have people putting pressure on your lower back and that helps for back labor.
Also if you have someone rub your stomach from one side to the other, alot of times the baby will move w/ it.
You can labor in positions that will move the baby too. My first moved from LOP to LOA in the middle of labor.

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Back labor is hard and more painful. It is completely doable with very good labor support. My first was posterior until I started pushing, and it made for a long, much harder labor. Unfortunately, I didn't have the preparation I needed to make it easier on myself. If you know about relaxing deeply and working with your body during labor, have good support, and are prepared for a longer labor, you will be fine.
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My babe has been switching from posterior to anterior a lot - I get kicks around my belly button, and then later the same day a big butt-lump and kicks in the ribs. I am 38w5d and he's still switching, so whenever I get him in the right position, he'll roll back
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Well, I just got back from my 37 week appointment and we confirmed that he is still switching from anterior to posterior because he did it during the exam! He started out LOA and then went to LOP as she feeling him. Argh! He has dropped maybe just a little bit but is still floating - so I hope he gets to liking the anterior position and stays there.

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Back labor is hard and more painful. It is completely doable with very good labor support. My first was posterior until I started pushing, and it made for a long, much harder labor. Unfortunately, I didn't have the preparation I needed to make it easier on myself. If you know about relaxing deeply and working with your body during labor, have good support, and are prepared for a longer labor, you will be fine.
I think that's what I'll just prepare for, just in case. The length (didn't have that last time) and relaxing deeply(did do this last time). I'll 'try my best' to encourage this baby to turn, but I won't worry about it. The baby definately favours the right side, though- but that doesn't mean it will go posterior necessarily! Right? Right!
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My birthing instructor mentioned spinningbabies.com which I just checked out yesterday. it will answer any question you have about your baby's positioning. But all in all, I'd be happy as long as the baby is head down! Mine likes to hang out with her butt just to the right of my navel. In fact, if that's how she is when I lay down on my left side, it seems that she resists falling to the left side of my navel for awhile... there's a hard butt sticking up on the right side of my belly! It's funny and cute. But if I wake up still on my left side in the morning, that's where she's settled. I've also heard that's the best position for birth. We'll see.
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My baby was posterior much of pregnancy, but he was LOA during labor and i didn't have any back labor. i read the spinning babies site too and was ready to do some things during labor but didn't need to. he arrived into water 2 days ago, LOA.
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My babe's posterior now too. I've been sitting on the birth ball and trying not to slouch. I really hope he turns.

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This thread might be useful. (Lurking here - I'm due May 6th! )

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=629935
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