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28-30 weeks and breech

(15 Posts)
expatinscotland Fri 08-Aug-08 13:34:09

He'll turn, right?

His head is up under my ribs. He's hiccuping away and seems pretty happy there.

scorpio1 Fri 08-Aug-08 13:35:10

Millie was breech still at this point. she didn't engage until 40 weeks either. hmm

McDreamy Fri 08-Aug-08 13:35:42

You have plenty of time for him to turn. It wasn't until I got to about 36 weeks that they started doing something about it - didn't work sad Uncomfortable though isn't it?

madcol Fri 08-Aug-08 13:37:12

Lots of time left don't panic/worry yet.

RedHead81 Fri 08-Aug-08 13:40:40

its normal until about 37weeks then usually settles into place - i was 5cm dilated when DS2 still wasn't fully engaged! 4hrs labour though and perfect delivery - i had to have a scan at 37wks to check for presentation - he just had a bony bum though. don't worry, he will turn!

expatinscotland Fri 08-Aug-08 13:41:22

Trouble is, the consultant-lead unit is really far from here.

If he's still breech in a fortnight I have to go through to the CLU for scans.

They won't let him go too long because of the distance to hospital.


Midwife says he is measuring 30 weeks, even though by dates he is 28 weeks.

If he is breech at 34 weeks, there's a choice at the CLU: ECV if possible at 37 weeks and then you have to stay in hospital for two days if it works. Or check into hospital 37 weeks and remain in for csection at 39 weeks if you get to 39 weeks (my two older children have been born spontaneous vaginal delivery at 38+6 and 38+2 respectively).

expatinscotland Fri 08-Aug-08 13:41:53

I wonder how it can be made attractive for him to turn.

scorpio1 Fri 08-Aug-08 14:48:24

get on hands and knees as much as you can or squat.

I did pg yoga and the tutor knew alot of things - but am guessing you live far from things like that.

4andnotout Fri 08-Aug-08 14:51:40

Im 28 weeks and dd4 is breech, im having a growth scan on the 26th and they said if she hasn't turned by then they will start to keep an eye on her. Dont really fancy a section with a 6yo,3yo & 13 m.o to look after!

popsycal Fri 08-Aug-08 14:59:55

expat - ds3 was breech at 28 weeks
now 33 weeks and he is the right way riound

he did a huge somersault in the bath a few weeks back

ajm200 Fri 08-Aug-08 15:04:45

Take a look at the info on it might help you to get your lo to turn.

Mine is currently laying diagonally and judging by the kicks and punches I can feel, she is against my back and head up too.

I'm a 2nd time mum so it may take a while for her to get sorted out. They have more room second time round.

Tangle Sat 09-Aug-08 09:27:22

First off, if you can find experienced midwives a breech baby doesn't HAVE to be delivered by CS. DD was my first and breech from 28 weeks (when they started taking notes). She never turned and was born as a breech baby at home.

1st babies are much less likely to turn than subsequent ones (you have fewer stomach muscles to hold them in place ). Only around 3-5% of babies are still breech at term, and as a fair few of those will be 1st timers there's a VERY good chance your baby whill shift of its own accord.

Two books I found very useful were "Breech Birth" by Benna Waites and "Breech Birth: What are my options" by Jane Evans. The Benna Waites book has a chapter on complementary methods to encourage baby to turn. IIRC they include accupuncture / moxibustion, chiropractor (Webster Technique), inversions (either knee / shoulder, on your back head down on a tilted ironing board or handstands in a swimming pool), sitting in a warm bath with a pack of frozen peas on top and various methods to "attract" the head where you want it including torches music and getting dad to talk).

star6 Sat 09-Aug-08 09:54:34

I had a look at recently (as per mn suggestion) and I really think those strategies work.

CantSleepWontSleep Sat 09-Aug-08 10:01:45

DS has just turned at 32 weeks. Consultant said that at 30 weeks 25% of babies are breech, but by 38 weeks only 2.5% are, so chances are that yes, he'll turn.

Playdough Mon 11-Aug-08 22:37:51

Just to confirm what everyone else has been saying, my second baby was breech at 36 weeks and my midwife was busy preparing me for possible a c-section ... Without further intervention, DS was born at just over 38 weeks in two [quite enjoyable] hours - a real contrast to my first, agonising, slow, back-to-back, labour.

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