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get this baby off my back!!

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Tinkerisdead Thu 09-Oct-08 20:53:41

My baby has turned back to back for the last three days, im 35 weeks tomorrow so i know i have chance to get it to turn around a bit.

Im not worried, but jeez the backache is horrendous so i'd like to at least try to move it. so can anyone recommend anything else to get the baby to face the other way.

Ive leaned over beanbag, sat on birthball, sat on edge of hardback chair, walked stairs sideways, watched tv on all fours. i even revisited hypnotherapy and have been visualising the baby turning away from my spine. It hasnt budged.

Anyone else got any ideas? lulamama? anyone...

gem1981 Thu 09-Oct-08 21:03:29

my mw suggested lying down on the sofa on your left side

and trying to let you belly 'dangle' over the edge of the sofa.

Tinkerisdead Thu 09-Oct-08 21:05:01

Oh brill ive not tried that. mind you if i dangle this over the edge of the sofa im likely to crash to the floor!!

lauraloola Thu 09-Oct-08 22:03:31

Try a birthing ball. The bouncing is supposed to help move them. Good luck x

lulumama Fri 10-Oct-08 14:25:32

have a look at and have a google of optimal foetal positioning.

sitting on a birthing ball, you don;t even need to bounce, will help.

some babies stay OP. be prepared! grin

if you go into labour with the baby still OP, then you will probably find firm presure, massage or a shower jet on your back will help, DO NOT LIE ON YOUR BACK !

OP might mean labour is slower to start and then slower to get going, but if you are mobile, upright and tune into your body, you should be fine!

i had OP VBAC baby who was born OP and it was an intervention free birth. just don;t lie down on your back! which is good advice for labour full stop.

Tinkerisdead Fri 10-Oct-08 16:38:04

Lulumama, i had a look at that website and its briliant. Im not sure what to try first though as much of it calls to do it in labour. There is much about misaligned or asymmetric ligaments and as i fell down the stairs and tore a round ligament im sure this could be the issue.

Im thinking maybe i should try abdominal lift or inversion first. Ive been doing the rollover thing in bed. the other thing is that ive really learned to "baby map" when my midwife has been palpating etc. The baby feels completely OP but when i try to feel it a bit more I get strong braxton hicks and so the whole thing is like a stone.

ruly dont know where to star with the spinning babies techniques.. what would you start with with your ladies?

lulumama Fri 10-Oct-08 16:43:03

it depends really.. the OFP might be better for now. with the spinning babies stuff for labour.

it is also i find, helpful with mindset.

i.e baby is back to back for possibly XYZ reason, so rather than panicking or worrying, you work with your body and the position of the baby before labour and during, and it is helpful to know how to help things along before you are in the throes of labour.

because it might be that you are told, 'back to back baby will be excruciating/negative/need lots of help to be born whereas if you know stuff in advance it can be really helpful

OP is not the end of the world. and knowing that before labour is a good thing

you might well find that in labour your baby rotates , hopefully the short way round, to get to an OA position. being upright and not having too many drugs can be so helpful in allowing you to work with your body and shift your baby around

IMO, not a good idea to have ARM if baby remains OP

Playdough Fri 10-Oct-08 17:22:00

This is just a random thought I had the other night and I tried it and it worked (at 35 weeks). Do you a pillow or anything to support your bump in bed? If you do, try taking it away if it's not too uncomfortable. This will make the bump lie lower and will perhaps give the baby room to move. Totally unscientific but you never know. The other tips I've been given are: kneeling on all fours and swaying your hips from side to side, keeping knees apart to give the baby as much room as possible (that'll be trousers all the time then) and making sure that your knees are always lower than, or the same level as, your hips when you sit. As my midwife put it: for the next few weeks this needs to be a lifestyle choice. Good luck.

hanaflower Fri 10-Oct-08 17:29:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TreadmillMom Fri 10-Oct-08 20:44:58

Hiya, my 3rd baby turned back to back at 37 weeks and I tried every 'turning' technique in the book.
Labour started and my contractions remained at regular intervals of 10 mins apart for 10 hours, once labour kicked in and the contractions became closer and longer the pain was excrutiating (sp), sorry, but it was.
The MW instructed me to be on all fours throughout and to swing my bottom in an anti-clockwise direction with every contraction and low and behold she turned just before I was fully dilated!
I was over the moon the relief was instantaneous!
Fingers crossed the same could happen to you.

Tinkerisdead Sat 11-Oct-08 11:19:14

Thank you all, whilst I know an OP labour could well hurt more, im trying not to think about that bit. just want the relief off my back now!! will keep trying the tips on here. i do have anterior placenta too.

hana - not been on the thread as only dipping in an out occasionally and hard to keep up on the thread smile

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