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28 weeks baby in breech position

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greenbug Sun 10-Jul-05 11:17:12

Hello Everyone,

Need advice. Just got back from midwife appointment and she said that baby has turned into breech position. She didn't seem that bothered about it but since it's my first pg I obviously am. What do I do? do all these exercises work? I have been doing them but may be I am just getting impatient.

Please need advice.

Elf1981 Sun 10-Jul-05 11:19:20

Hi greenbug. Not an expert but thought that breech babies weren't a concern until about 32 weeks as could still move?

However, have been told that spending a lot of time on all fours with bum raised in the air is supposed to help.

Twiglett Sun 10-Jul-05 11:23:02

breech just means its legs are down at the moment .. plenty of time for it to turn .. it isn't really a 'breech' as such in terms of delivery until the late 30 weeks .. somewhere after 36

HTH

bambi06 Sun 10-Jul-05 11:27:44

my dd turned at the last minute and i didnt even knoe about it , she must have done it while i was asleep or maybe the bouncy castle helped

Miaou Sun 10-Jul-05 11:43:56

I was booked for a c-section at 38 weeks with my first as she was still breech at 37 weeks - I insisted they scanned me before prepping me...and lo and behold she had turned! Docs couldn't believe I hadn't felt it (hence why I had to persuade them to scan me!) - but she turned out to be a small baby in a lot of fluid so there was lots of room for her.

There was a thread recently about turning a breech baby - I'll have a look for you.

Miaou Sun 10-Jul-05 11:46:57

here you go greenbug

It worked too!

Twiglett Sun 10-Jul-05 12:50:40

there is no point trying to turn a baby at this stage of pregnancy though because it won't stay .. wriggly little devils they are

Nemo1977 Sun 10-Jul-05 12:52:16

as few people have said being breech isnt an issue as yet...my ds was breech until about 34 weeks and all the mw said was ot try and spend some time on all fours.

franch Sun 10-Jul-05 12:59:42

About 1 in 5 babies are breech at this stage, it's nothing to worry about. I'm 32 weeks and AFAIK my baby is currently breech or at least oblique. TBH I'd start to worry if it turned head-down as I'm about to fly to the States for a week and don't want it getting any ideas about arriving early! DD was breech quite late on and turned with no probs, as they tend to do - only 3 or 4% are still breech at the end of pregnancy - I did all the all-fours stuff that they advise you to do, so maybe that's why. Good luck

Fran1 Sun 10-Jul-05 13:20:07

Way too early to worry.

Over the next few weeks you should start sitting in some of the positions they recommend (lean pelvis forward rather than slouch backwards in a chair), spend time on all fours etc.

But my dd was breech at 37 weeks. when i finally had her at 42 weeks she was the right way round! i felt a few big movements in the last weeks so i think she kept flipping.

greenbug Sun 10-Jul-05 19:42:37

thanks for the reassuring messages.... i read so much on the internet and it's all conflicting. it says that at 28-29 weeks the baby starts getting too big for it to easily move and it will stay in it's positon til birth, also that it is consdered as breech at this stage and it's about 25% of all babies.
MN has been very relaxed on the issue and i think i need to take the same approach..... is the all fours more effective than the pelvis being propped up with cushions?
I also read something about visualisation which is sitting and concentrating on your baby being turned?!?!? and it's given the highest success rate. I am not sure how that works.... i am visualising as i write but not feeling much happening

Miaou Sun 10-Jul-05 19:44:34

Greenbug is this your first baby? If not, then there is likely to be more room for your baby to move around anyway - subsequent babies can stay breech for longer and still have room to turn as the uterus is more stretchy than in a first birth.

Miaou Sun 10-Jul-05 19:45:44

And if it is your first, then take comfort from my experience!

greenbug Sun 10-Jul-05 21:50:56

Hi Miauo,

it is my first, hence all the worries i suppose. Did you do any of the exercises or your DD just happened to turn.

What if the baby turns and then I continue doing the exercises and turn it again? I have stopped lying comfortably on the sofa now, and it's such a pain watching tv. also sitting uprigt all the time with my legs lower than my pelvis i can feel my ankles swelling.... i guess that's why the last 3 months are not comfi.

spidermama Sun 10-Jul-05 21:53:13

Plenty of time for it to move.

This is why Inever had scans. You go in feeling happy, and come out with a worry which needn't even be there.

Miaou Sun 10-Jul-05 21:58:54

Hiya greenbug - was totally ignorant of any turning techniques when I had dd1 - it was 8 years ago now. I suppose I was just lucky! However as I said before, it was quite unusual for me not to have felt her turn - most people do feel such a big movement.
Also, the exercises are designed to help the head settle downwards rather than turn the baby IYSWIM, so once it has turned it is fairly likely it will stay that way up (particularly as it is your first).

However I would echo what others have said here - it is still early days. Easier said than done I know, but try not to worry about it until you are at least 36 weeks pg!

Mears (midwife) and pupuce (doula) may have some more practical advice about when to do exercises etc. They sometimes search under their names so if they see this thread they may come along and offer some advice

greenbug Sun 10-Jul-05 22:15:11

tell me about it spidermama! it wasn't even a scan, it was a m/w appointment and i was checked by the student m/w rather than the one who usually sees me. my dh (i drag him to all appointments now poor thing) wasn't very convinced that she was confident in her statemnt but again i have been feeling the kicks (what i through punches) very low (bump very low and out to start with which doesn't help when on all four to keep it seperated from the hips). I can't believe i have turned into this nagging wreck and i was all happy and oblivious until last week.

spidermama Sun 10-Jul-05 23:40:26

I did my utmost to avoid all health professionals as much as I legally could throughout all 4 pregnancies. A bit radical perhaps, but I found them such scaremongers. I guess it's their job to look for problems.

clary Sun 10-Jul-05 23:55:46

greenbug pls don't worry.
My dd (I think it was with her) was breech at 28 wks and I only knew because I had a later scan for some reason (can't remember why now!).
Anyway I looked up OFT on google and did the techniques, can't do any harm, but believe me the baby will turn.

Busyalexsmummy Mon 11-Jul-05 06:24:38

I wouldnt worry, your baby still has 3 months to turn!
my ds suddenly turned breech at 39 weeks!! but he was successfully turned(even though by the time we had got to the hospital the following day he had nearly turned himself back!)

greenbug Tue 12-Jul-05 10:57:53

Hello ladies,

I went to the hospital yesterday and after the check the midwife confirmed that the baby has positionoed itself head down. now it's a matter of keeping him/her that way. But at least i have the confidence that all these tecniques work and in the future whoever comes looking for advice will be reasured.
Thank you so much for your words of encouragment. I shall continue washing the floors though as the midwife said that this exercise will not flip the baby back over but it's very good for reducing back pain and giving a lot of room to the baby.

Pamina3 good luck with the water birth!

greenbug Thu 28-Jul-05 09:46:55

Hello all,

baby now lying across the belly (after seing another mw with another opinion).
does it mean baby is on it's way to the right position? can you get a sscan torhough NHS for confusing baby positions?

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