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Experience of extended breech

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Becca1818 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:06:20

Hi all,

I am having a scan tomorrow which was initially to check the position of the placenta as it was low lying at 20 weeks (am now 36 weeks).
However due to reduced movement I have had a couple of extra scans which showed baby was breech. I thought nothing of it until I read my notes and saw extended breech - I'd never heard of this and googled it! Well now i am worried!
Has anyone experienced this?

gallicgirl Sun 11-Jan-15 20:15:45

What is it that worries you particularly?
Any breech position has its problems but it seems to me that extended breech is less complicated (following a quick Google search)

I've had ECV before and I'm more concerned that I wasn't made aware of some of those risk factors!

kitkatkaty87 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:22:55

Watching with interest as this is the same as me. Scan in a week to check placenta and babies position. Out of interest where do you get your kicks/movement?
I google and saw all the pics of poor babies with their legs up in the air still, but I don't think this is always the case.

Becca1818 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:29:01

What worries me is about his legs being stuck up by his head hmm it looks terribly uncomfortable. I know it's probably temporary but still.

With regards to having an EVC I have decided to decline this. I think the risks and how uncomfortable it will be is enough for me to decline.

I have movement under my left ribcage which is where I think his head is, I also feel movement under my belly button near my pelvis and also I feel movement under my right ribs but slightly further down. Hard to tell what's what really. Where do you feel movement?

TeamEponine Sun 11-Jan-15 20:39:37

My DD was extended breech, and had to be delivered by ELCS. I was offered a ECV, but turned it down after reading up about them. They will want to scan the baby's hips if they stay breech as it increases the risk of hip dysplasia, but other than that it was all straightforward. When she was born her legs stayed up by her head initially, they came down quite quickly, but I'm pleased I knew about that in advance or it might have been a little shocking.

Good luck!

missmakesstuff Sun 11-Jan-15 20:40:10

They wouldn't be like that unless it was comfy! I have read just about everything I can find on the subject after dd was breech 5 yrs ago (ecv, then elcs) and this one, currently 30 weeks, has been since 28 week's.
I'm keen to try for vbac and everything has been on track till now, however I am coming to terms with just relaxing, doing a few exercises and moxibustion (Google it) and then just reading up on breech delivery and natural c sections, as another cs. Was the very last thing I wanted.
As for being uncomfortable, they do a scan on their hips aafter birth to check they are ok, in my experience I was the uncomfortable one! Head in ribs is not nice!
good luck, it is very common at 34 week's I think, less at 36/term. They can and do turn late though, sometimes they are just meant to be that way up.

gallicgirl Sun 11-Jan-15 20:41:21

If you've declined ECV then I guess you have c-section booked for about 3 weeks time. Don't worry about him being uncomfortable!
I think they do extra checks on hips after a breech birth to make sure everything moves ok. My DD turned so we had a cephalic presentation for the birth and midwives felt hips were ok.

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll both be fine.

missmakesstuff Sun 11-Jan-15 20:43:24

I get movement all over, very difficult to tell where he is! Though I was sure I had felt him turn the other day, massive movement near my ribs, just head though I think. Try the spinning babies websi're, but don't go mad doing everything they suggest, youd have no time to do anything else! Mind you, none of it made a difference to my Dd.

kitkatkaty87 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:47:29

I'm also going to decline an ecv after reading up about it.
My movement sounds pretty much identical to yours, just swap the sides over! So i will be interested to hear the positioning of your baby at the scan 2moro smile
I know how you feel am also worried about the legs staying up by the head and it having any longer term side effects.
I do wonder if it is the low lying placenta which pushes them into such a position too.

team how long did it take your dd to put legs down, hours or days? Poor poppet! Glad she was fine though.

Becca1818 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:48:48

Thanks for your messages its reassuring to hear.

I haven't declined yet but I think I will. I haven't seen a consultant or anything yet so haven't had a c section date. Will it be 39 weeks or could it be before?

As I say I have the scan tomorrow to see what position he's in but it doesn't feel like he's moved.

How long did it take for the legs to come down to a normal position?

marriednotdead Sun 11-Jan-15 20:54:00

An anecdote but bear in mind how much things have changed, I doubt this would happen now!

A close family member had a DS by undetected frank breech over 20 years ago. In those days, it was usual to just have one scan at 20 weeks.
A local woman used to accurately predict the sex of babies and she initially said 'boy' but then was slightly flummoxed...

Baby was born bottom first with his legs straight and feet pointing over his shoulders. Whilst labouring (less than 4 hours in total), midwife was doing internal checks and insisting that the head was well down, despite the family member being aware of the breech since the 20 week scan and having not felt baby turn. Panic ensued when meconium appeared from the 'head' and they announced that they would have to do a c-section.

By this time, it was far too late and baby arrived safely 15 minutes later.
There were many many stitches. They pulled his legs down to check the sex, and they pinged straight back up again. He was L shaped when I saw him 12 hours later and perfectly fine by the following day smile

kitkatkaty87 Sun 11-Jan-15 20:56:56

I also haven't seen consultant yet or anything and my scan isn't until I'm almost 37 weeks! Is it usually all done this late? I was wondered if c section would be at 39 weeks too.

MyOneandYoni Sun 11-Jan-15 21:03:18

my DC was extend breech and I was due to go in for ECV on the Monday. I spent the weekend swimming, climbing stairs on all fours ( I think) and even had reflexology (and I'm NOT at all woo or yoga).
Baby had turned by the time the rescanned me about to start the ECV...

Try this link

Good luck.

Becca1818 Sun 11-Jan-15 21:29:07

Kitkat - I'll keep you posted!
I would have thought 37 is quite late for you to find out

kitkatkaty87 Sun 11-Jan-15 22:14:12

Thank you!

butterfly86 Mon 12-Jan-15 10:40:28

My dd was flex breech and had been in breech position since 26 weeks I declined ecv and was booked for a section at 40+2 (no room in theatre before then) I went in to labour at 37+5 and they double checked she was still breech before doing the section she was footling breech by then, when she was born her legs were pulled up in like a frog position and her feet were turned in (talipes) because she'd had them crossed inside, her legs came down after a few weeks and we were taught to do physio to straighten out her feet she's absolutely fine now don't worry smile

Becca1818 Mon 12-Jan-15 15:46:08

Just back from my scan. Little man is still breech naughty boy. I asked the sonographer about extended breech and although the legs can be up slightly the sonographer said the extreme photos on Google are more like severe hip problems rather than being caused by being breech. So that's reassuring.
However little man is not so little and is today at 36 weeks is weighing 8.8lbs! shockshockshock So I have a consultant appointment to discuss c section.

kitkatkaty87 Mon 12-Jan-15 17:58:02

Thanks for updating becca! At least you know what's going to happen now too rather than being in limbo.
how long until your appointment with consultant? Wow 8.8lb what a big boy! Had your placenta moved out of interest?

Hallamoo Mon 12-Jan-15 18:09:04

Just interested in the reasons people are declining ECV? I've had 2, one successful, one unsuccessful.

The first was 10 years ago, but iirc the main risk was that baby could turn back again, and that there was a very small risk of the baby getting distressed and having to have an EMCS straightaway. My consultant told me they were successful in about 50% of cases and that she'd been doing approx 2 per week for 15 years and hadn't yet had to perform an EMCS as a result of the ECV.

I'm wondering if things have changed in the last 10 years?

I didn't find it that uncomfortable (well not compared to labour), and the successful one was well worth it to avoid a CS.

Egog Mon 12-Jan-15 18:20:36

My baby was extended breech at the 36 week appointment, I tried an ECV but it didn't work. Quite painful for no result, I wouldn't bother again! It took 2 consultants 3 goes and they only managed to get her head just out from my ribcage, it wouldn't go any further so we gave up. I read up on it first, and was willing to give it a go as long as her heartbeat remained steady- which it did- but it was obvious that it just wasn't going to work.

I had an ELCS at 39+5, it was fantastic, a really great experience. DD failed her first hip scan as there was a click, but the second showed no problems.

Good luck with it all, enjoy your new baby!

TinyMonkey Mon 12-Jan-15 18:32:27

Becca, I'd take the predicted weight with a pinch of salt. Based on friends' and my own experiences. We were predicted (based on our later growth scans due to diabetes and breech presentation) a 10/11lber. She was actually 8lbs 3oz!

I also declined an ECV due to the risks and had an ELCS at 39 weeks. Her hips are ok, although we are having a scan of them tomorrow (6 weeks old) just to make sure,

Good luck, and don't worry!

kitkatkaty87 Mon 12-Jan-15 19:31:55

Has anyone else had skull problems as a result of breech? I swear someone wrote on this thread the name of the condition but can't find the post now so maybe it was elsewhere. Something similar to flat head syndrome just from where the babies skull had been squashed against your ribs.
another thing to worry about! Anyone else had experience of this or should I stop googling and worrying?!

TeamEponine Mon 12-Jan-15 22:36:54

DD has hip dysplasia as a result of being extended breech. No skull problems, although I did take her to a cranial osteopath who said there was some asymmetric tension, which was probably due to her breech position. All sorted after a couple of sessions though.

PatMullins Mon 12-Jan-15 22:41:59

Outing myself here, but DD was born head first with her feet up by her head. It was undiagnosed and therefore dangerous and distressing

Think hard about the options available to you, she was in pain for quite a while sad

butterfly86 Mon 12-Jan-15 22:42:39

kitkat dd head was slightly flat on one side where it had been stuck in my ribs but after a few weeks it righted itself babies tend to get flat heads at some point anyway from lying down though dd never did at the back because she wouldn't be put down

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