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GashleyCrumbTiny Tue 06-Sep-16 11:29:45

36 weeks and baby still breech. I’m ruling out trying for natural delivery, because it’s my first, I’ve no idea how I’ll cope with it all anyway, and the thought of things getting complicated and hair-raising when I’m halfway through delivering frankly scares me! So I can either book a c-section now or try an ECV. I’ve mainly heard negative things about ECVs on here, but wondering if anyone has had a good experience?

I’m aware there’s a low risk of it starting off labour – obviously not ideal, but doesn’t worry me unduly (an ‘emergency’ section in the early stages of labour in those circumstances would be a lot less scary than having to be whisked off if baby gets stuck part way through trying to give birth naturally!) I’m aware as well there’s only about a 40% chance of it actually working – and that even if it does there’s a chance they can turn back round again. But sort of feel like it’s worth a shot to avoid a c-section.

I’m not massively averse to a c-section – part of me quite likes the idea of having a definite date and more certainty around knowing how things will pan out. But those don’t seem great reasons on their own to have major surgery if there’s a chance of avoiding it. I’m aware the ECV isn’t a very pleasant experience, but can’t imagine it’s worse than post-surgery pain and a few weeks of slow recovery.

I’m torn! Does anyone have any direct experience of ECV – positive or negative?

Nikki2ol6 Tue 06-Sep-16 11:53:12

My baby turnerd at 37 weeks just before my evc!! I woke up with an awful pain in my right side and I felt his head going down my side! It was fairly uncomfortable! The next Morning I thought it had all been a dream but then I felt hiccups! VERY low down!! So sorry I have no idea about the evc but before I was due mine I watched some videos on YouTube of being having them and it'd didn't seam to bad

GashleyCrumbTiny Tue 06-Sep-16 13:53:33

Hadn't thought of YouTube! Will definitely check that out and have a think!

malin100 Tue 06-Sep-16 16:39:25

Following with interest as I'm in the same boat but 37.5 weeks

Seekingmiracles Tue 06-Sep-16 17:43:28

I'm 34 weeks and baby has been breech for quite a while. I'm not convinced she'll move of her own accord. Consultant gave me info today about ECV, I've youtubed it - looks so gross (things like that make me stomach turn a bit) but equally would rather try that than jump straight into a c-section. Definitely don't want to try and give birth naturally though either.

ToInfinity Tue 06-Sep-16 18:03:49

I had 2 ECV's with DS1.
They weren't as painful as I thought they might be - tho saying that they didn't work! They were pretty boring tho as they need to get a certain amount of settled heart rate monitoring from baby before they let you go! I'd take a book!
I ended up having an ELCS and it was such a relaxed and positive experience that I've already got one booked in for this pregnancy! Yes the recovery can take a bit longer, but quite a few of my friends who had natural births had many more post birth complications and took longer to heal then I did.
Try not to worry!

Hallamoo Tue 06-Sep-16 18:20:18

I've had 2 ECV's (DD2 & DS1), one was successful and one wasn't (although baby turned spontaneously at 39 weeks anyway).

It was a little uncomfortable for a few mins, but in no way a comparison to major surgery.

Definitely worth a short, ask for a consultant to do it if you can. IME, success rate is down to the experience of the person performing the ECV, I could just tell that the 2nd one wouldn't work straightaway, as the technique wasn't as good.

Good luck.

dramalamma Tue 06-Sep-16 19:13:47

I know it's not for everyone but my 3rd was breech until 36 weeks and I saw a Webster technique chiropractor - one appointment and she turned. It's supposed to open the pelvis. Worth a try anyhow!

McBaby Tue 06-Sep-16 19:24:31

Dd2 was head down until just before 38 weeks when she turned transverse! As I was contracting due to irritable uterus I had the choice of ecv and induction or stay in hospital for up to a month till I went in to labour!

The ecv took about 10 seconds and she did t love back over my 36 hour induction.

It was performed by a new doctor under the guidance of the consultant. It didn't hurt or feel uncomfortable and it was a relief to get her back in to the right position!

Hallamoo Tue 06-Sep-16 20:26:23

...also, I'd recommend acupuncture (moxibustion).

malin100 Fri 16-Sep-16 10:28:11

Just updating here. I've now had one and it was successful. It is uncomfortable but it only takes a few minutes. In saying that, I was in around 2.5 hours in total with all the monitoring before, scanning before, scanning after and monitoring after, with some general waiting on the doctor in between.

UterusUterusGhali Fri 16-Sep-16 14:02:38

I had a few ECVs with dc3 as he was an unstable lie. (He once turned back to cephalic whilst I was waiting for the consultant to come out of theatre.
Some were done by SHO's practicing.
I didn't find it too uncomfy at all.

DS did, during one, have an episode of bradycardia where the cord was compressed. I was dragged into theatre and prepped for EMCS, but the heartbeat recovered and I delivered vaginally in the end. That was a bit hair-raising.

I'd go for it. smile

UterusUterusGhali Fri 16-Sep-16 14:03:16

Oh sorry didn't see update.

So pleased!

seven201 Fri 16-Sep-16 14:06:11

I had an ecv but it didn't work. Glad we tried though. Someone in my NCT group also had one and it worked for her.

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