C.I. asks from Mount Airy, MD on August 02, 2009
Pregnancy Support Belt
Okay... so without lots and lots of details I had a VERY difficult posterior (sunny side up) delivery with my first baby. So I've been paying a lot of attention to "fetal positioning" and exercising. I've been having really bad sciatic nerve pain in my back. I was thinking about getting one of those pregnancy support belts but I don't know which one, and I don't know if it will keep my baby from getting in the good position. --- If anyone has any knowledge or experience about the pregnancy belt thing or the birth positioning thing I'd love to hear it. I don't want to do anything that might cause me to go through another labor like last time! --- Thanks Ladies!
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J.C. answers from Lynchburg on August 04, 2009
I had TONS of sciatic issues (hurting, shots of pain, prolonged pain, times when I'd fall b/c my leg would just lose all feeling immediately). My contractions were terrible and didn't even feel like contractions. But, I got an epidural and had a great delivery. I think I pushed once and the Dr. told me to stop pushing b/c my daughter was coming on her own. I know that doesn't help with a belt, but sciatic problems don't necessarily mean a bad delivery. Good luck!
J.S. answers from Washington DC on August 03, 2009
So sorry to hear how rough your first delivery was!
I had horrible horrible hip pain during my first pregnancy and my Dr said that one of those pregnancy support belts may help. She said her patients had mixed results - some loved them others didn't think they made any difference. I went out and bought one that day from Babies R Us and LOVED IT! It was a huge help - I could actually get through my day. Without it I had a hard time just getting around. It completely relieved my hip pain. However by halfway through my last trimester I did not need it any more. So I did not wear it towards the end.
My daughter was in the right position for delivery and had turned into the delivery position while I was still wearing the belt. I don't think it will have any effect on the baby's position but you can ask your Dr.
L.M. answers from Washington DC on August 03, 2009
I started using the Prenatal Cradle on my Dr's advice when I got to about 5-6 months and was getting bad back and pelvic pain from the baby's weight. It definitely helped lift the weight off the pelvis- which I think would help with your sciatic pain. Check out Prenatalcradle.com, I got the original one and it's about $50-$60, and it's an elastic belt/harness.
Hope you feel better!
K.R. answers from Richmond on August 04, 2009
Hey C.! I had to use a support belt with my first one -- he was a 9 1/2 pounder and was just so big that my poor back just couldn't support all the weight. I had HORRIBLE back & sciatic nerve pain and the belt helped. I don't remember the brand, but I purchased it at Motherhood Maternity. I also don't know about it effecting baby position -- my body wasn't made to give birth to 9 pounders so he was a c-section after 12 hours of labor with no progress into the birth canal. I hope you get some relief soon! You don't have much longer to go. :-) God bless & good luck!
M.B. answers from Washington DC on August 03, 2009
I don't know muhc about the pregnancy support belts, but I would recommend going to a chiropractor who can adjust your back and take the pressure off your nerves. It will also help to free up the uterus by aligning the pelvis (the uterus is attached to the pelvis via ligaments). Making sure the uterus is free will also help the baby to be able to move into the correct position. I saw a chiropractor (I'm also a chiropractor, I'm just not adjusting patients right now) throughout my entire pregnancy. I would recommend Dr. Marina Alterman at Chiroaid (www.chiroaid.com). She has been specially trained in taking care of pregnant women and babies. Just a thought!
D.M. answers from Charlottesville on August 03, 2009
I also had a similar experience with my pregnancy. My daughter was breech and determined to stay that way! - up until 39 weeks. I had a wonderful pregnancy although toward the end I began having a lot of discomfort in my back and leg and also abdominal pain from muscles that were just not doing their job. That was four years ago and I just don't remember the name brand of the belt I purchased - I bought it at Mimi Maternity and it made the world of difference! The staff there was very helpful and helped me to choose the right support belt and appropriate size. Good luck!
T.S. answers from Dover on August 03, 2009
I'm there with ya, sista! Lol! I had a very very difficult with my first...After 31 hours of labor, and two and half hours of pushing, they finally used foreceps to get her out...She too arrived sunny side up. Twenty-seven months later, I arrived at the hospital in labor with my son. One of the nurses casually mentioned that the baby was "OP"...and I COMPLETELY freaked out! I remember getting off the bed and saying I was going home. I wasn't going through that again! Ha! Like I had a choice....
The nurses were fabulous. They forced me to get up and walk around. They made me stand upand lean over the bed. And, I think they also massaged my belly. They got the baby to turn!
I also had a lot of back pain.I wore a suport bump occasionally during m second pregnancy. It was helpful...but I do not know if it affected the position of the baby. From what I undeerstand, they do a lot of moving around in there on their own!