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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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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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.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.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