April 21, 2007,
K.B. asks from Plymouth, MI on April 12, 2007
Breech Baby! Help!!
my best friend is 32 weeks preg with her 2nd child and she just found out he is breech. she is freaking out since her first ds was born 6 weeks preemie and the whole event was very traumatic for her. he was in the nicu for weeks and she wasnt able to hold or bf him for weeks. shes worried about c section in addition to the possibility of another premature birth. has anyone been successful in naturally turning thier baby at this late in pregnancy? shes in georgia and i can't be with her through this trying time so i feel helpless. asking for your help is all i can do. any suggestions and prayers would be great!
A.A. answers from Kalamazoo on April 12, 2007
Tell her to do pelvic rocks. Get on all fours and rock her hips, bringing her pelvis in towards her stomach and then pushing it back out. Do this lots. If she isn't using a midwife, I'd tell her to contact one because many times they know a lot of natural remedies for difficulties. There is still time for the baby to turn on it's own. Although it's hard, tell her to relax and rest as much as possible. But do that pelvic rock thing a lot, really. Will pray for her!
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L.G. answers from Grand Rapids on April 12, 2007
Hi there,I have four children and two of my babies turned. I am holistic and a massage therapist as well. Tell your bf to get on all fours and rock back and forth, have her do this alot and have her find a doula and and massage therapist who has had alot of experience in pregnancy and she could call a midwife to ask questions.Good luck and many prayers. Tell her to practice yoga and relax stress is not good for her or baby.
L. G in Rockford
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C.S. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
I'll send you a private message with my phone number. It is NOT too soon to start doing techniques on her own to help the baby flip. My son (almost 6 months old now) was breech and no one told me what to do. I didn't get to start these at home, safe, non-invasive techniques until I was 37 4/7 weeks! I ended up having a breech baby all the why through.
I know a few chairopractors that are skilled in the "Webster Technique" I have a recommendation for someone who can work the crainio-sacral nerves, and allignment of her birth canel (believe it or not, most of these thigns I didn't know about until I was breech myself, and I'm a self-proclaimed research-aholic). There is a chinese method of moxy-bustion she can do as well as hypnotherapy (I also have a recommendation for this. The woman who does this before week 36 has a 100% success rate... and the rate goes down with each passing week).
There are severa at home "exercises" that can have a great effect too. I didn't get started on these til after week 38, so I'm not surprised that they didn't help me flip my baby. But she does have a great chance to do things now. If she waits, like I did, based on others advice she'll kick herself for it. Please have her call me, I'll send the private message now.
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M. answers from Saginaw on April 12, 2007
K., My daughter was breach at 32 weeks and by 36 she had truned. I had a C-section because of other issues. She is fine I am fine. My second baby the Mid wife did some funky rubb to my back and my frist daughter truned. It is so hard when you have had a traumatic expierence. The fear of re-livung that is probably great but I am sure she will be fine there are so many things they can do now. Thanks M.
T.F. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
Since she's already had a baby she might ask her doc to do an external version which is turning the baby before delivery in hopes that the baby will deliver normally. It's never a garentee that a C-section will not be needed but it's worth a shot.
D.H. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
My first born, my ds, was breech. He stayed that way all through my pregnancy, and he never dropped. THey tried to turn several times but he was a stubborn little dude. I did end up having a C-section and I was terrified, but it is over very quickly and it's the safest thing in that situation. She is 32 weeks so he may still turn, it has happened, but if he doesn't, then just try to reassure her that a C-section is the safest thing for the baby. I do prefer a vaginal birth over a section, my daughter was a successful VBAC, and I would take a vaginal birth over a section any day, but when it comes to the safety of the baby, that's what matters the most.
N.K. answers from Grand Rapids on April 12, 2007
I have not had a breached baby, but I have had a C-section.
My baby wasn't able to pass through the canel. It's said that either my pelvic was to small for him to geth trough or his head was not properly a lined. I wasn't aware of this until many hours of labor, which resulted in a c-section.
I was ok with having to decision to have a c-section. I beleive it's because I asked my doctor so many questions about it a head of time (just in case). I would suggest your friend do the same to make it an easier procedure on her. It may also be easier if she accepts the facts know, and is more familiar with it.
I'd be happy to help answer any quetions?
M.T. answers from Detroit on April 12, 2007
I have had one breech baby and have also had triplets that were 6 1/2 weeks premature. With the triplets I had one that was head down, one that was head up and my little girl who was transverse blocking the exit so no one was coming out that way. They all came home from the hospital at 9 days old. As for being breech, it is not that big of a deal. Christina (who is now 15 1/2) was breech and we scheduled a c section. I also recieved an ultrasound I think it was either the day before or the morning of my c section to see if she had turned, which she hadn't. I had the c section and Christina came home with me from the hospital 3 days later. The incission is a little sore but as soon as they had my cathader (sp?) out I was up and walking around. The more mobile she is after the c section the better off she will be. Good luck to her. She will be fine. :)
K.F. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
There is still time for the baby to turn. My baby was head down 2 days before I went in for a scheduled c-section (for a medical reason). When the Dr. delivered her she was breech. She had flipped 3 times that week. She went from breech to head down to breech again.
As for the c-section (if it comes to that). It was a piece of cake. Once the catheter was out, I was up and walking the halls. That is the key to quick recovery. The hardest part was just getting out of the bed. It kind of feels like your muscles are really sore from too many crunches. They gave me a pain drip that I had to hit the button every so often. I forgot half the time and finally asked them to take it away so that I could have the IV out so that I was free to do whatever. 3 days in the hospital was too long and I could have gone home in 2. So tell her not to stress about it.
She will be in our thoughts and prayers for the birth that she has hoped for!
C.L. answers from Saginaw on April 12, 2007
Babies move around alot even after they get bigger and tighter in there. They will do another ultrasound closer to her due date and if they are still breech then she can worry, but it is too early to worry about it now. I wouldn't even try to work on "turning" the baby this early. Just her luck she'll turn it and then they will move and go back.
Preemies are scary but a totally different animal. The only things she should be focused on right now is a healthy baby and being a mellow mommy so as not to stress the baby.
Good luck to her!
(Mommy to Evan, an anterior lie baby until the last week-delivered without c-section because he turned on his own from a worse than breech position)
T.B. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
Yes-it is still posible for the baby to turn and for the doctors to help the baby to turn. I have known a couple whose baby was still breech at this stage and right before delivery it turned. So there is still hope! Just keep praying and every thing will be okay. Good luck to your friend.
R.W. answers from Jackson on April 21, 2007
My daughter turned from breech to vertex at 39wks...she was born 10days later weighing 12lbs.
I would suggest NOT scheduling a c-section and waiting for labor to start. Babies CAN AND DO turn VERY VERY late in pregnancy, and even during labor.
She can do a tilt board (ironing board or other wideish bench thing) lean one end on the bed or couch or a chair, and secure the other end on the floor(wedged against a wall works) head at the bottom feet at the top. 20min 3x's a day.
She can try accupuncture
She can try 30C Pulsatilla 3x's a day (homeopathic med...will not hurt the baby or her at all, but there is some evidence that it encourages baby to move and turn)
Swimming can help take the weight off so baby can turn eiasier
She can also schedule a Version...If I were her I would schedule one EARLY like 35-36wks...most Docs don't like to do them until 38wks, but it's more likely to be successful earlier rather than later...and if baby turns back there is still time to do another version.
L.O. answers from Detroit on April 12, 2007
my daughter did not turn until 35 or 36 weeks. Tell your friend their is plenty of time for the baby to turn..Some women show up at the hospital for a csection to deliver a breech baby and they do one final ultrasound... and the baby has turned.. so no csection is needed.
So the baby can definatley turn around on her own...and if the bby doesnt turn the drs can try to turn the bby by using their hands on moms tummy- it is uncomfortable but is sometimes works.
I dont knwo why your friend is worried about a premature birth... that doesnt have anything to do with the babys postion..
Tell her it will be ok..
C.S. answers from Detroit on April 12, 2007
Hi, My third son was full term and breech the day before I was being induced. He had NOT been breech for at least 10 weeks at this point. The doctor was concerned but still scheduled the induction for the next evening. When I got there less then 24 hours later, they did a quick ultrasound and he was head down and ready to go. He was very active that last day but I had expected some major movement if he were to turn, but I didn't feel what I had expected for such a major turn around. I didn't do anything to help him turn, I was to nervous about being induced.
My second was also breech at 32 weeks, I did the pelvic rocks like someone else suggested and he also turned. They also due double duty because they help take the pressure off the spine and lower back. Good luck to your friend, I hope she goes full term this time!
C.M. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
He can still turn on his own. My ob said that they can even turn on the day of delivery. If she has a c-section it is really not a big deal. I just had one and I am planning on having on e with our next child, I wouldn't do it any other way after having the first one. My dd had the cord wrapped around her neck, and the way it was wrapped would have been dangerous if I had gone into labor.
K.D. answers from Detroit on April 12, 2007
See if she can get in touch with either a Doula or a registered Mid-wife. They are usually the ones who are more open to the concerns of mothers and having C-sections. Not saying to have them deliver but they can help to calm and inform the mother and possibly have tecniques to move the baby around. The whole job of a Doula is to comfort the mother. I loved mine and she stayed with me through the whole laber she was a god send there is a web site where you can locate one in your area www.dona.org/ Good luck my prayers are with her
M.H. answers from Detroit on April 12, 2007
Yes, My son was also breech right around this time. He eventually dropped head first, however he was facing up instead of down so he got stuck in the canal while I was in labor. They had to put me on my all fours and do some exercises to get him to turn and face down. I was really worried because I didn't want a c-section either. With the help of a great nurse and a very supportive husband we were able to get him to turn and face down. Tell your friend not to worry.. Sometimes they will drop themselves or else there are some exercises she might be able to do with the help of a experienced nurse. I'll say a prayer for her. Best Wishes
C.R. answers from Detroit on April 13, 2007
The baby can definately still turn.My daughter was head down the whole pregnancy and at my 36 week ultrasound she was breech.At 37 weeks I went into the hospital to have the external version done.It was very uncomfortable but so worth it.She turned pretty easy and they had me on the monitors for a couple hours after just to make sure everything was ok.I had her a week after that and she stayed head down.
J.C. answers from Kalamazoo on April 12, 2007
at 32 weeks there is still plenty of time for the baby to turn on its own. That is what happened with my daughter. (she turned herself around at 36 weeks)
I think your friend needs to focus on staying calm and to keep herself as stress free as possible. Just because her first pregnancy didn't end in the way she had hoped, does not mean that this one will be the same way. Each pregnancy is different. And, a c-section is not necessarily a bad thing either.