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Baby is a breach at 34 weeks :((21 Posts)
Really worried because of midwife appointment today. Prior to today, my baby has been measuring small (just on the chart to where it should be) and I knew this. Now I'm being sent for more scans because even though I have a big bump, the baby is still small, just made it onto the line what's worse is that the baby is now in a breech position (34+3), which it wasn't before The midwife said the baby could move but if it hasn't by 36 weeks then it's highly unlikely for it to move. She said that it's possible for the doctor to move it (can't think of the technical term) but the doctors in the hospital that I'm registered with don't tend to do that with first babies and opt for a caesarean. I burst into tears when she left; she said because it's small it may make it even more likely for a caesarean (if it's still in the breech position)?!?! I've really thought about birth and had a plan of what I wanted and the idea of a caesarean absolutely terrifies me Has anyone been in this position and things worked out for the best or has anyone had a caesarean and could tell me what it's like both during and after?
From a very distressed pregnant woman
Eleven years ago I was in your position.
I was 21 and expecting my first baby. I had a lovely detailed birth plan and thought it would be all natural and a plain sailing .
When I found out i was having a section due to the baby being breach I was devastated and cried for weeks as I felt dissapointed , a failure , robbed of the birth I wanted and terrified of surgery.
Looking back I think I made it so much worse than it actually could have been . I wish I had been so positive and focussed less on the birth but on enjoying my new baby . The c section wasn't so bad , I was young , strong and recovered quickly . Before I knew it I was back to my running and all the stuff I loved and I had a really contented baby too!
I've had three birth experiences now and funnily enough the most 'natural'one turned out to be the worst experience !
Try to stay calm and remember you will one day look back and say 'this experience has made the the woman I am now!'
Thanks so much for replying- can I ask (you don't have to answer) how far gone you were when you found out the baby was in a breech position? I'm assuming it didn't move into a non-breeched one either?
I was recently in this position. Baby was breech until 38 weeks. I tried moxa and used the spinning babies site and she did turn at 39 weeks and stayed there until she was born at 43 weeks. Could your dates be out? I felt like my baby was still shifting until really late on.
My dates could totally be out, they are rough guesses and estimations from the scans, but how does that affect if it'll move?
My first baby was breech and was turned. I still ended up having an c/s anyway. Recovery was fine except no driving for 6 weeks. I then went on to have twins with a natural, quick easy birth despite being booked in for a c/s so in my experience birthing plans are determined by baby not mummy! 🙄
My ds was a breech baby from 30 weeks until he was turned at 37+4 by ECV. I didn't find it particularly uncomfortable or painful and he turned in the first attempt despite being estimated as big.
they induced me at 40+4 as they were estimating he would be 10+lb and as it turned out I needed an emcs as he wasn't far enough in my pelvis and I couldn't push him out myself.
My feelings are that a c section isn't all that bad, I too cried when I found out I needed a section but I recovered quickly with no complications, I could feel nothing through out the procedure it was fine.
And as for estimations on size my estimated 10+lb baby arrived at a normal enough weight of 8lb 11 so try not to worry too much about predicted size.
This baby was transverse until about almost 38 weeks. There was panic, ultrosound, talk about hospitalizations but she turned. Now head down, we are waiting for her to enter this world.
Just to add I did nothing different to help her turn.
My baby was breach. Found out at 34 weeks. He had turned himself by time they checked again at 39 weeks.
My first was breach from about 33 weeks. She didn't turn so had a section. It was a calm and positive experience.
I was in the exact same position as you few years back with my son. My baby was breech the whole way through the later stage of pregnancy. I was terrified as we don't have much family around and my husband had to return to work few days after the birth so was devastated when they booked me in for a c section at 39 weeks. My waters went in the night at 38+3 and went to the hospital. They scanned me and when my waters went he turned and I was able to have natural birth. So please prepare for both and don't rule anything out. There is hope that your baby will turn in time. This current baby is laying breech too so hopefully she turns in time...
My baby was transverse at my 33 week appointment. He turned head down over a couple of uncomfortable nights about 36 weeks. Had thankfully stayed head down since and we are waiting for him to arrive now. I did some forward inversions from the sofa and bounced on a yoga ball but I don't knowing hat actually helped at all. He's currently back to back but not engaged so I'm hoping he will turn around!
Have a look at spinningbabies.com
and check out moxibustion. You still have a couple of weeks, which is plenty of time for baby to turn. Try not to stress out
Same here. Small baby and was in a breech position so lots of scans checking growth and position. She turned a week to a week and a half before birth (was a day early). Turned by herself. I think being small might make it easier for baby to turn - gets snug in there towards the end! Don't panic, there's still time and you're being monitored just in case.
I have had a vaginal birth with lots of drugs, episiotomy (sp?), ventouse (sp?) then forceps (DC1), 5 years ago. I then had an elective c-section (DC2) 3.5 years ago.
I found I recovered far more quickly and with less pain with the c-section. OK so you can't hoover for a few weeks and driving can be 3-6 weeks depending on recovery, but it was easy. I still get the odd twinge in my episiotomy scar, but not in my c-section scar.
I know having a natural vaginal birth is the ideal birth plan for many women, and while, for some, that is achievable and can be a great experience, ultimately safety for you and the safe arrival of your baby is the most important thing IMO.
Try reading this or something like to prepare you, just in case. It really helped me.
Good luck OP!
Just that if you're not as far along as you thought, there's more scope for baby to move head down.
My 2nd baby was breech for weeks and weeks, and turned all by herself at 38 or 39 weeks. I think it helped that she was quite small. My friend was booked in for a planned section because her DC was breech too, but she went into labour two days before the operation, was scanned, and they found that her baby had turned during labour. Baby was born naturally a few hours later. Again, fairly small baby (6 pounds and change).
My baby has been breech since i first found out at the fetal anomoly scan. I am 29wks now and she is still all comfy in the position! There is of course still time for her to turn, but i just have this feeling that she will stay that way!! I have researched ECV (manual turning of baby) and I am not willing to risk it, so if she stays this way then it will be an ELCS, which i have no issue with. I had to go for a growth scan today as my fundal height was plotting below the 10th centile. All her measurements are fine and they were pleased with her growth, so moved up the chart a tad. They said that, as my Son was on 4th centile at birth (40+5) that I should have automatically been referred for growth scans this time, so now want to see me for further scans at 32 and 36 weeks. This will be a good opportunity to see exactly how she continues to lie as the pregnancy progresses! What will be, will be.
Thanks so much to everyone for their replies; it's reassured me a bit
Have a growth scan tomorrow to see how she's developing, and if still in a breech position then I think I get to see the consultant to see what the options are. Still really nervous, but most of these have made me slightly less nervous so thank you so much everyone
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