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|did dilate to 10 but with a lip and after nearly 6 hours at 10 the lip still hadn't resolved and I had no urge to push.|
This is what happened to me. I wanted to "breathe the baby down" but I had been in labor for so long and when I was fully dilated despite the lip, I just wanted to push in order to get it all over with. I describe it as the absolute worst day of my life...which just happened to result in my most favorite person in the world. I'm sad it really was the worst day of my entire life, though.
So I always thought I'd have a posterior baby since my placenta was anterior. But, like you, when I didn't have the dreaded back labor, I assumed her position was fine. But now I'm really curious about whether or not she was posterior and/or asynclitic.
I worked hard throughout the pregnancy to avoid reclinging on the couch or computer chair and spent many hours on all fours over the birthing ball in hopes of obtaining optimal positioning. It's just amazing to me that I could have prepared so much and then others just accidentally birth naturally in under four hours. I really thought I'd be one of them, since my mom and all of my aunts had been that way.
So how would one determine whether or not they are posterior and/or asynclitic? I tried spinningbabies.com when I was pregnant but could not determine a butt from a foot from a head from an elbow. I was totally boggled that other people could tell with such distinction!
P.S. Did your asynclitic baby have any head/neck symptoms? Mine did not...but my sister's baby was stuck in a postion with her head tilted (she was stubbornly breech and ended in a C-section) and for about a month afterward she couldn't really straighten her neck. All's fine now, but I wondered if a baby would have trouble straightening their neck if their head was pushed to the side like that for so long?
(Just wondering if I should rule out the asynclitic thing or if I should really consider it as a possibility in my case.)
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