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08/05/2014 at 09:07
Panicking first time mum here!
Baby was nicely head down until 31 weeks when they kindly decided to flip the day before a growth scan. They have stayed firmly bum down since then and don't seem to be showing any signs of moving. The midwives have said that there doesn't seem to be much room in there and they wouldn't be surprised if baby doesn't turn and I am sort of inclined to believe them.
So I am trying to prepare myself a little - figuring if I prepare for worst case scenario then if they do happen to turn it is a super bonus!
So does anyone have any tips for trying to turn baby - I have been lying on my back with pillows under my bum to try a tilt baby upwards and encourage them to turn. Have also been trying the spinning babies exercise of kneeling and then putting upper body right down on the floor with bum in the air. Neither help the heartburn/indigestion but willing to give them a go! Have also read about Moxibustion, anyone have any experience? Also will I definitely know if baby has turned?! Have been reading that it isn't wise to continue with the turning exercises if baby has turned as it may turn them back, but what if you are unsure?!
Has anyone had an ECV, successful or unsuccessful? I have only heard negative stories which isn't helping!
And finally any experience with scheduled C-Sections?
Sorry for ranting, I have been relatively lucky with a fairly easy pregnancy and feel like everything is kind of falling apart at the last hurdle!
08/05/2014 at 09:31
Hello :) no direct experience, well wee one was breech at 32 weeks but flipped back less than a week later. My SIL had a c section because baby was breech, she went in beforehand for an ecv, didn't like doctor and didn't feel confident in him so declined it at that stage. She had planned section about week later, they reckoned babys head was stuck under her ribs, apparently they said "baby will be here in one minute" about five times. That makes me think an ecv would have been unsuccessful and possibly have resulted in emergency section. Don't want to scare you but always think the more info the better
I had an emergency section with C. The first few days were awful pain wise, but we are 9 weeks in now and I generally feel fine. Have backache occasionally but starting Pilates this week to try to build my core strength again. I did recover quicker from my vaginal birth but honestly it wasn't that bad.
08/05/2014 at 09:37
Thanks Weekender. I have everything crossed that they turn, but would rather be informed (good or bad) of what the options would be!
The only person I know who has had a ECV ended up sparking off labour as baby got distressed and then in an emergency C-Section.
08/05/2014 at 09:50
My friend had an ECV and apparently it worked first time, really quickly.
My sister was offered one but declined after reading up on it and hearing that it could end up in an EMCS anyway. Good job she didn't, as the cord was wrapped around baby's neck, so may well have tightened had they tried an ECV. She had a scheduled C-Section at 39+0. It was great for us as we live an hour or so's drive away so meant that we could be there on the day. Obviously she would have preferred a natural labour, only for the recovery period, but she was quite happy with how things turned out.
08/05/2014 at 09:51
Oh, and she only found out baby was breech after a growth scan at 38 weeks. They scheduled the C-Section for the following week there and then, so there wasn't really any time to try any turning techniques.
08/05/2014 at 09:59
Thanks Knees that is helpful.
I have a scan booked for 37 weeks and was told they would make a decision then. At the moment I am feeling inclined to decline the ECV as it seems to carry a fair few risks and seems to result in an emergency C-Section in a lot of cases. Seems best to maybe cut out the middle man and go straight for the C-Section if baby remains awkward!
08/05/2014 at 10:18
My baby was breech till 36/37 weeks. I tried moxibustion at 36 weeks, felt like an utter prat (you move a hot stick 1-5cm from your little toe repeatedly) and the baby turned midway through the week, but I actually think spending a whole weekend on my hands and knees assembling flat pack furniture did the trick rather than the moxabustion. I also did a lot from spinning babies including lying upside down on an ironing board leant against the sofa. I didn't feel him turn so no advice on knowing how to tell I'm afraid.
My sister's sister in law had an ECV, it worked first try and was fairly painless, so there are good experiences out there. I think you can ask for the sucess rate of the doctor doing the turn and could use that to help influence the decision.
08/05/2014 at 10:40
I had a successful ECV at 37 weeks. I won't lie, I found it very painful however it was done very quickly (less than 10 seconds) and meant I could go on to have a natural delivery. I was in hospital for a few hours as they monitor and scan you before the procedure then monitor you afterwards for a while to check baby is ok.
08/05/2014 at 12:19
Thanks SG & Cornelius - is good to hear some positive stories too!
Think I am just freaking our a little bit as I was kind of thinking the whole labour process wouldn't really have me making many decisions, whereas it could potentially now come down to deciding what I want! Hate decision making!
08/05/2014 at 15:48
I unfortunately found out i had a breech baby at my 40 week midwife appt. Tried an ECV, it was quite uncomfortable and unfortunately didn't work which wasn't that surprising given it was my due date! I think if they are going to turn it's a pretty quick procedure. Went on to have an elective section after the procedure. You need to have some growing room for an ECV to work so don't leave it too late. Good luck.
08/05/2014 at 16:09
TheNibbler - Have a growth scan/breech scan booked in for 36+5 so presume if it is still breech they would want to do an ECV soon after that. How did you find your elective section and the recovery after?
08/05/2014 at 16:42
My 1st baby didnt turn head down until the night before my 36week appointment (she was massive too!). There is still hope .... :-)
You dont have to have a c-section for a breech!! Natural birth is very possible. You might have to ask for a more experience midwife
10/05/2014 at 05:06
Mines not a 'positive' turn story but not a negative story either. I have a bicornate uterus (heart shaped) so there was a bit less space for the baby and at about 30 weeks he turned and was breech. I tried to get him to turn with all the spinning babies positions but he wasn't budging, tbh I think he was stuck by then as his wee hands and feet were black and blue when he was born from bad bruising. I knew straight away that day, all of the movements felt strange and upside down to where they had been and I could literally feel (and almost see!) his head high up on the left. I had a presentation scan booked for 36+6 and would discuss birth options then. At 35+3 I got up to get ready for work and my waters broke. Turning wasn't really a safe option for me as there can be other increased complications with the reduced space and once my waters went I couldn't have had it anyway. I had the steroid injection at the hospital and the consultant came to speak to me about delivering. They told me the risks of a breech birth if the head should get 'stuck' after the feet and body are out and I opted for a c-section straight away.
It was classed as an EMCS but I had a few hours to prepare, it was only rushed towards the end as my contractions were speeding up so they had to crack on.
I got to hold O straight away and my H got to go with the nurse to do his weight and everything once they were happy he was ok and didn't need taken to SCBU (I was expecting this due to his early arrival).
The c-section was fine and everyone was very calm and it wasn't a bad experience by any means.
My cousin had a breech baby with her 1st, she had an ECV and the baby turned but was breech again a few days later. She was due to discuss a potential c-section and went into labour at 38.5 weeks, when they scanned her at the hospital the baby had turned at some point and was head down and she delivered naturally so there is definitely time if the baby is able to turn!
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