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Anyone with experience of ECV?

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Bellaboo123 Thu 08-Nov-12 04:11:12

Currently 35w & 2 and due to see the MW on Friday. LO has been breech since about 30 weeks so at my last appointment we discussed my options - ECV at 36/37 weeks and if no joy then c-section.
I've read mixed reviews about ECV does anyone have any experience? As its only a 50/50 chance of success (and then even if successful baby cld flip back!) do I put LO and me through the experience?
Love to hear your experiences/thoughts!

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Thu 08-Nov-12 04:16:31

Sorry, my experience is not very positive. It was almost 9 years ago, though.

I just remember being hooked up to a monitor, and the ECV itself hurting like hell. Very, very painful, and it didn't work n

I ended up having to have an ELCS.

Needless to say, I wouldn't do it again.

Davinaaddict Thu 08-Nov-12 04:23:29

My experience was really positive smile My DS had always been breech so they offered me an ECV, which I wasn't sure about because of the risk of an EMCS. But in the end, I decided to give it a try, as if it didn't work, I'd end up with a CS anyway.

The lovely Dr olive oiled up my bump, and just got on with it. It was painful but bearable. And it worked really well, as once he'd been moved to head down, he stayed there until the end (40+16).

Good luck smile

TanteRose Thu 08-Nov-12 04:31:10

painful, didn't work...but then DS turned by himself at about 38 weeks and I avoided a CS

MrsAmaretto Thu 08-Nov-12 09:05:41

It's less likely to work if its your first baby, but I went for it anyway. It was painful & I was sore for a few days, but was fully monitored and felt very safe. I tried everything to shift my son and avoid a section, but he never budged and an elective section it was. Would do the same again.

MrsHBaby3 Thu 08-Nov-12 19:34:31

ive heard hypnotherapy is more effective than ecv, but i have no personal experience of either, sorry. personally id go for hypno stuff first! (my bubba is currently transverse at 24wks) good luck!

Pascha Thu 08-Nov-12 19:36:42

I had a successful ECV 2 years ago, I'll dig out my post from then and link you to it.

Pascha Thu 08-Nov-12 19:45:34

C&P as it's mid-antenatal thread:

^ ethelina Wed 11-Aug-10 18:12:18^

The ECV was a success!! Dont know why I was so worried last night and this morning. Was brutal though, my tummy feels like I've just done 10 rounds with Tyson. 

Hope the following is helpful for anyone else faced with this option:

They put a CTG monitor on me for about half an hour whilst the Terbutaline injection to relax my uterine muscles took effect. When it was time to start they tilted the bed slightly head-down and then the lovely specialist registrar, with the assistance of the midwife, under the consultant's guidance, scanned to check position. Sure enough he was still breech, legs extended.

Then she started kneading my tummy just like it was dough, starting at the bottom, alternating with the head. Its very physical, she was standing up sweating with the effort of pushing his little bottom out of my pelvis and holding it there whilst she checked on the monitor. She just kept going for about 10 minutes, inching him round to transverse, then finally to cephalic.

I'm so glad DH was there holding my hand, because even though i'm not squeamish and have a quite high tolerance for pain, I lay there head turned away, tears in my eyes, from the force she needed to use to get the little bugger to move!

Now I'm home with strict instructions not to do anything strenuous and try to keep upright for a few hours to make sure he doesn't turn back round. I think I will have a bruise or two tomorrow, but it was completely worth it.

Bellaboo123 Thu 08-Nov-12 20:14:17

Thank you for all your experiences....still torn what to do! Seeing the MW tomorrow so will keep you posted! smile

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