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<p>My midwife had a hard time at my 16 week appt. finding the heartbeat. She finally found it, but it was very brief and faint. She said it could be that I have an anterior placenta. She had to place the doppler at the side of my belly to hear the HB. I wasn't worried because I had a ultrasound at 11 weeks and baby was fine. I feel it kicking daily now. Anyway. I searched on anterior placenta on google, and found something interesting..one site said that I would be more likely to have a posterior baby during labor, causing back labor. I had this with my first DC and it was awful! He was posterior through most of labor and turned right before transition. It almost killed me, seriously..43 hours of all back labor. I don't even know if I could tell you what contractions feel like in my belly because it was purely back pain. So, do you all know if there's any truth to this because the thought of facing another labor like that makes me want to cry. Oh, and I didn't have an anterior placenta with DS. I guess the reason that they say the baby is more likely to be posterior is because it is trying to face away from the placenta.</p>
 

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I almost always have anterior placentas for some reason, but I've only had one posterior baby. It was my last one, and my labor was 6hrs long which is twice as long as most of my others and definitely more painful all in my back.<br><br>
Usually 2nd labors are shorter than the 1st, so hopefully it won't be as bad as last time even "if" your baby happens to be posterior again.. which I'd say is definitely not a given just because of an anterior placenta.
 

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<p>Ugh - I hope not! Had two posterior babies (with the first, the $%&# resident convinced me to let her break the amniotic sack - the worst possible thing she could have down - didn't make the same mistake when doc #2 wanted to do the same thing!) and have an anterior placenta with this little one.</p>
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<p>Oh, to labor without back labor - I can only dream!</p>
 

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<p>Anterior placentas do make baby more prone to posterior positioning so it's really good to follow good posture and do lots of pelvic rocking/ hand knees at the end to encourage baby to bring his/her back around.  I really love those little kid inflatable pool lings or the snoogles for the end of pregnancy.  You can make a little nest for your belly and rest or sleep on your tummy to make use of gravity.  Spinningbabies.com has alot of info that might be helpful for you.</p>
 

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i've had both anterior and posterior placentas but my babies have all been posterior position and at least my last 2 were born sunny side up <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
i think i may be a minority here but i'm hoping for another back labour because i don't what normal labour feels like
 

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i've had both anterior and posterior placentas but my babies have all been posterior position and at least my last 2 were born sunny side up <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
i think i may be a minority here but i'm hoping for another back labour because i don't what normal labour feels like</div>
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Back labor is worse! At least it was for me. It was much harder for me to "get on top" of the contractions and relax through them with back labor, and my back kind of hurt even inbetween surges so it was not like I was really resting and gathering myself very well each time. If you get an anterior baby, it may seem like a walk in the park after all back labors. Well... maybe not a walk in the park, but you know... not as bad.
 

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I can only imagine that back labor is worse. Some moms I've talked to (most except one girl who had the exact same labor as me) said it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. We were all in the same birthing class, and everyone else had mostly normal not back labor.</p>
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i've had both anterior and posterior placentas but my babies have all been posterior position and at least my last 2 were born sunny side up <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com//images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
i think i may be a minority here but i'm hoping for another back labour because i don't what normal labour feels like</div>
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Back labor is worse! At least it was for me. It was much harder for me to "get on top" of the contractions and relax through them with back labor, and my back kind of hurt even inbetween surges so it was not like I was really resting and gathering myself very well each time. If you get an anterior baby, it may seem like a walk in the park after all back labors. Well... maybe not a walk in the park, but you know... not as bad.</div>
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<p>I had an anterior placenta with Z, and he wasn't posterior, but wasn't anterior either, for the beginning of labor. He was kind of sideways, I guess, his back was along my right side. (still head down, etc) They did think this was why I had such a long labor (or part of the reason, anyway) When he did finally turn to be anterior, you could tell it was strange, my stomach was super tight and you could see a weird pocket around my belly button. He turned sort of in the middle of labor. Since he wasn't truly posterior, I didn't have back pain, but I did have massive hip pain, that was where I felt all contractions. When he turned it did get better although not as better as I had hoped! My labor ended up being 72 hours total. I SO hope it goes quicker this time!</p>
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<p>Hi mama-</p>
<p>I recently read that while anterior placentas make a posterior baby more likely, only approx. 10% of women with anterior placentas actually have a posterior positioned baby.  Can't recall where I read that...perhaps spinning babies?</p>
 

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<p>I have an anterior placenta this time, and I had one in my 2nd pregnancy as well... I've had 3 posterior labours so I don't know the difference! :lol: they were all so different I can't really say if it's "worse" but if it is I don't know about it. It's all in how you view it. :)</p>
 

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<p>I just finished readin a bunch of stuff on anterior placentas.  My last two pregnancies I don't remember them saying my placenta was anterior and my girls were in an anterior position for birth and I had fast labors.  This said... I am going to be doing a lot of reading on spinningbabies.com to help this little one be in an anterior position come birth.  Have any of you had an anterior placenta at around 18 weeks that moved to a more posterior position?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KarenMT</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282615/anterior-placenta-back-labor#post_16106850"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I just finished readin a bunch of stuff on anterior placentas.  My last two pregnancies I don't remember them saying my placenta was anterior and my girls were in an anterior position for birth and I had fast labors.  This said... I am going to be doing a lot of reading on spinningbabies.com to help this little one be in an anterior position come birth.  Have any of you had an anterior placenta at around 18 weeks that moved to a more posterior position?</p>
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It would be pretty hard for an anterior placenta to move posterior unless it was up at the top of the fundus or was really close to midline on the sides. </p>
 
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