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Transverse at nearly 35 weeks - would you worry?

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stillfrazzled Thu 30-Dec-10 18:18:59

DS2 due in early Feb. Has been transverse for weeks and weeks.

Am sitting forwards, trying to remember to do yoga, all that sort of thing, but he won't move.

Midwife will book me in for scan if still transverse in two weeks, when I'll be 35+5.

Don't particularly want a c-section but have heard only horror stories about manual attempts to turn. How likely is DS2 to turn on his own?

CrazyChristmasLady Thu 30-Dec-10 20:53:00

My DS was transverse until 37 weeks. They were starting to talk about c sections but he tunred on his own and I didn't even do any of the positions of anything to get him to turn.

There is hope!

shongololo Thu 30-Dec-10 21:14:32

my first was transverse until about 37 weeks. C sections were discussed. Then she decided, as I was driving home from work on a motorway doing 70mph, to turn. Weirdest feeling! She was a big baby too - 9lbs at term.

stillfrazzled Fri 31-Dec-10 08:48:42

Really? OK, that sounds promising, thank you!

Did anyone mention prolapsed cords and being taken into hospital for observation to you? I read some other threads last night and scared myself...

CrazyChristmasLady Fri 31-Dec-10 12:01:51

Nope, nothing like that was mentioned, however I do remember reading it and freaking out a bit, but all was fine.

DS was also big, 8lb 11oz and he was 10 days early. I never felt him turn and was fully expecting to be told he hadn't so I was surprised when they said he was head down.

Shanster Fri 31-Dec-10 19:07:50

My DD was transverse until 38 weeks, then she turned in the middle of the night. A friend of mine was transverse and checked in for her C-section. Before they started, they did a quick US to check the baby's position and there he was, head down. She had to go home and wait another 3 weeks until he decided he was ready. Don't worry about it, I didn't even bother with the exercises to try to move the baby, she just turned on her own.

tlise Sat 01-Jan-11 00:06:24

stillfrazzled, my youngest DS was transverse. they only discovered it as I had a stand in midwife who thought he was going to be big and sent me for a growth scan...uptil then he was definitely head down they said. I had to go into hospital at 37 weeks and was told would have to stay until he was delivered in case the cord came down first. My waters never have gone on their own but would rather be safe than sorry. If they go and the cord comes down first, they get trapped. Scary thought, but its best to know why they are concerned. When he did put his head down at 38 weeks, they whipped me down to theatre, got me ready for an emergency c-section just in case when they broke my water, his cord came down first. It didn't, he clunked into place and was born 12 hours later.

I can't think why they didn't try turning him, probably cos they assumed he would go back...and he probably would have lol.

no good worrying, what will be will be. If he doesn't turn, he doesn't turn and fretting won't budge him. I know, they think its more than likely this one will be the same as I am now 25 weeks and it has been transverse all the way through and seems to stay in the same place so I really need to find out about mobile broadband or I will go crazy. I hate being confined. Having said that, this is my 6th so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. I have to go for another scan for that at 36 weeks.

But,. one top tip I have for trying to get baby to turn....and yes it is worth trying, rock your hips, however stupid you look. Imagine you have a hula hoop round your waist and really roll them. A midwife told me that after I had been in hospital 5 days....24 hours of more or less solid wriggling and he put his head down. It was well worth it and one I will be trying again

emmab5 Sat 01-Jan-11 20:32:56

Hi, DS2 was transverse until 37 weeks, then he was breach, oblique then transverse again! I had extra scans, talks of c section and I tried all of the recommendations for turning baby, he turned cephalic when I went into labour and I had a normal (if induced) vaginal delivery. From what I understand most babies will turn. Fingers crossed for you

jollyma Sat 01-Jan-11 20:51:50

I had a similar experience to emma with ds2, he didn't stay in one position until about 39 weeks when he went head down. I wanted a home birth and my midwife said it was a concern if my waters broke and he wasn't head down so if they went i must phone straight away for advice. He was eventually induced at 42 weeks

I found swimming breaststroke made him turn. I had to stop swimming in the end once he was in the right position!

Tootlesmummy Sat 01-Jan-11 20:55:52

My DS was also transverse so they tried to turn him at 26 weeks by doing an ECV. They managed to turn him a quarter of the way round but he moved straight back again in the car on the way home.

I had a CS, however, it wasn't too bad.

Good luck.

stillfrazzled Sat 01-Jan-11 22:04:06

tlise I will def start hula-ing tomorrow, thanks for the tip smile

Baby has been pretty quiet today, hoping it means he's just facing inwards or something (had 2 mcs early last year so completely paranoid, even at this late stage).

Am wondering if the transverse thing is pressing on my bladder and responsible for the leakage (blush). Did anyone else find this?

tlise Sun 02-Jan-11 00:55:43

not sure about that, but tbh all muscles relax, and leakage is common through pregnancy especially if he is resting on your bladder, so don't worry you're not alone xx When you think about what normally goes into the space the baby is now occupying its no wonder really.

Sometimes they go quiet when getting ready to make an appearance due to lack of room, are you still getting at least 10 movements a day?

Mine is facing backwards but seems to kick at the front so I assume its when he is stretching his legs. Its always in the same place as if to say (evil cackle) I ain't moving and I am going to keep being as awkward as possible lol. Makes you wonder what we are in for doesn't it! ;)

Good luck with the hula-ing, put on some good music and remember to make sure the curtains are closed

nooka Sun 02-Jan-11 01:12:31

My ds was an undetected transverse oblique presentation, right up to the day he was born everyone thought he was head down. I had three midwives and two registrars all say oh yes, there's the head (it was really his bum) all engaged (no, not at all), and it wasn't until we had a scan that they realised they were wrong. I don't know when he turned that way but he was born a bit squiffy and they said I had a heart shaped uterus (although apparently this had disappeared by the time dd was born).

I had a c-section and it was fine (although I had been hoping for a home birth). Hope things go well for you

jollyma Sun 02-Jan-11 12:15:10

I think ds was less wriggly when transverse. I definitely felt him more when head down. He was big so maybe had more room when lying across me. When the midwife did my first sweep at 40 weeks she could feel his head engaged as far down as possible and his bottom as high as possible. Your baby might just have found a comfy position!

GlitteryBalls Sun 02-Jan-11 20:19:49

I think you've probably got more chance of yours turning than I have of mine. She's frank breech at 38+4 and has been since 36 weeks! She won't budge despite 2 attempts at ECV. I'm booked it for ELCS on Tuesday. At least yours is half way there! Hope he turns southward soon for you. x

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