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Stories of transverse babies turning/not turning

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bluemoon2468 · 11/07/2020 14:26

I know there's still plenty of time for baby to turn, but at my 28 week appt baby was basically in the worst position possible (diagonal transverse, head higher than bum, back to back). Because my husband was transverse at birth (born by emergency c-section) the midwife recommended a positioning scan at 36 weeks to ensure baby is in a good position for a vaginal birth. Apparently babies are slightly more likely to stay transverse if one of their parents did the same πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ If baby is still transverse I'll likely be booked in for a c-section a couple of weeks before my due date to avoid going into labour naturally and having a medical emergency, as happened with my husband's birth. I'd love to hear stories of babies who were transverse at 28 weeks+ who either turned naturally or didn't, and what happened 😊 PS. I do know there's a very high chance baby will turn on his own! I'm not overly concerned atm, just trying to mentally prepare myself for all eventualities!

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Umberta · 11/07/2020 14:39

Wow I'm just really surprised your midwife said you might be recommended a c section? Or have I misunderstood, and it'sjust an idea you've come up with yourself? My baby has been transverse nearly the whole time, I'm nearly 35 weeks, and not a single HCP has been at all bothered as it's still too early to worry. They're talking about arrangements for my home birth (yay). I feel her moving position often. I think you are getting way ahead of yourself tbh! I'd say start worrying in two months' time if he still hasn't moved and literally don't bother thinking about it till then.

bluemoon2468 · 11/07/2020 14:43

@Umberta yep the midwife said because my husband was undiagnosed transverse she'd feel better booking in a positioning scan just so we definitely know where we stand before the birth. Tbh I'm happy with that, better safe than sorry! Apparently in lots of other countries a positioning scan around that time is standard πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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bluemoon2468 · 11/07/2020 14:47

@Umberta she wasn't worried though. She did say it's more than likely he'll turn!

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Umberta · 11/07/2020 15:07

Ah whew ok that's good! I have a 36 week scan as standard at kings hospital anyway.
Honestly I wouldn't give it a second thought until then if I were you. Other mums could have a head down baby at 28 weeks that goes breech/transverse later anyway. At 28 weeks they're still swimming around like tadpoles, at least mine was! He may have been transverse at your appt but turned hours later etc.

bluemoon2468 · 11/07/2020 16:49

@Umberta I had a pretty good sense that he was transverse before the appt because all of the kicks/punches I feel are in my sides and I can always feel the head jutting out of my right side. I feel like he's been fixed in that position for a while, but what do I know really? πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ He still has the space to turn so hopefully soon he'll get the memo! Would love to hear whether your baby turns or not, fingers crossed!

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NameChange30 · 11/07/2020 16:56

You should check out Spinning Babies and follow the advice on there!

Pregnancy yoga might help too - no F2F classes atm but some online.

If baby is still transverse after your positioning scan at 36 weeks, try seeing an osteopath (one with experience of treating pregnant women), a good one can sometimes help.

If all else fails nothing wrong with going for an ELCS.

NameChange30 · 11/07/2020 16:59
BakewellGin1 · 11/07/2020 17:04

My youngest was transverse until near birth then went back to back and despite doing everything recommended he remained back to back

bluemoon2468 · 11/07/2020 17:52

@BakewellGin1 did you end up having a vaginal delivery?

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pinguwings · 11/07/2020 19:17

DD2 was transverse until 37 weeks. I was due to go in to hospital to be admitted if she didn't turn, she left it till the very last minute but she turned herself! Had a very easy vaginal delivery.
I followed a lot of the spinning babies stuff. No idea if it made a difference but worth a shot.

MrsTiffin · 11/07/2020 20:26

My first DC was footing breech and had a section booked for 39 weeks. Was gowned up ready for the op and they scanned me to double check - he'd moved and I didn't feel a thing so it does happen! 30 weeks now with DC2 and they're breech too but I'm not too concerned this time as I know they can move!

CoolNoMore · 12/07/2020 04:49

DS2 was very uncomfortably transverse until 32 weeks, at which point I bought myself a fitness ball with the intention of bouncing him round. He went head-down the same day and is currently headbutting my cervix. I do recommend pregnancy yoga though, there was a specific pose that I was told to do (again, didn't actually get that far, but it might help!).

bluemoon2468 · 12/07/2020 08:01

@CoolNoMore amazing! I am starting to get VERY uncomfortable now, and the midwife mentioned that it's probably because he's not yet vertical πŸ™ˆ

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EmmaGrundyForPM · 12/07/2020 08:05

DS was transverse, face down. He didn't turn at all. I was admitted at 37 weeks and had a cs at 39 weeks. He was fine.

i think there is plenty of time for your baby to turn so don't panic yet.

CoolNoMore · 12/07/2020 08:54

Oh, I wasn't clear - I went and bought a fitness ball and the little crapper turned the same day before I'd even had a chance to use it! They are supposed to be good though...

Cherrytangfastic · 12/07/2020 10:43

My oblique breech baby has just turned at 35 weeks. He was extra shufflely for a few days but I didn't feel any great big movement and had no idea he'd turned.

I was convinced he wouldn't move, having been in the same position for the entire pregnancy!

Cherrytangfastic · 12/07/2020 10:45

He's 97th centile too so I was expecting to feel it!!

AuditAngel · 12/07/2020 10:46

My second child was transverse for about 36 weeks, she turned at the last minute , but I was having a c section due to other complications.

bluemoon2468 · 12/07/2020 11:07

For those of you who had a transverse/oblique baby until the late stages of pregnancy, were you really uncomfortable and did it affect your mobility? I'm really starting to find it hard to find any comfortable position and walking is very tiring/painful already πŸ˜” If baby turned, did you notice any difference in terms of comfort?

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Cherrytangfastic · 12/07/2020 14:13

It was very uncomfortable! I barely slept for weeks. I couldn't sleep on my back because you're not supposed to and couldn't sleep on either side because baby was sticking out sideways. Basically lay there in an awkward diagonal position propped up by a pillow and awake for most of the night. It's has been a huge relief since he moved!


You have all my sympathy, it's so uncomfortable and exhausting!

Cherrytangfastic · 12/07/2020 14:14

Sorry, just re-read your reply. Yes, moving was awkward and breathing was difficult. It just felt a bit 'wrong'!

I hope baby moves for you

Fivebyfive2 · 12/07/2020 14:28

My baby was transverse the whole time, I was told if he was still like it at a scan that was planned when I was just over 36 weeks, they'd discuss options with me. This would include waiting to see if he turned, trying to move him or c section. Everyone said he'd move so not to worry.

At 35 and 5 my waters broke, he had moved a bit, but was still breech! They kept me in hospital and did a c section at bang on 36 weeks; I was very well looked after / monitored and the cesarean went smoothly, baby was perfect and I recovered quickly πŸ™‚

formyboys · 12/07/2020 14:37

I felt my first baby move right round and totally go head down in transition! I will never forget that feeling! Second baby transverse but moved just before DD. Both mine huge and born vaginally, I had all the large for dates, big baby, transverse concerns and it was absolutely fine. Don't worry until you have to! And even then don't worry. Your baby will be born one way or another and that's not much you can do, worrying won't improve it. Try and spend as much time as you can walking and on all fours in front of tv at night to help them move.

formyboys · 12/07/2020 14:38

Meant to say I spent a lot of time looking at the spinning babies website. Sitting in on sofa is about rhe worst thing you can do. Try and lie forwards on a ball or on all fours.

Goneback2school · 12/07/2020 14:44

Dd was transverse at my 39 week appointment-they never mentioned position at any stage before that. They kept me in hospital at that stage due to cord placement and the distance I lived from the hospital due to the risk of prolapse. The plan was totally left up to me but she wasn't turning at all. I got fed up at 5 days in hospital and requested a c-section which was granted. I feel like she was really wedged in there as she had forceps marks on her cheeks when she was born.

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