Breech Baby @ 20 Weeks

Updated on November 06, 2008
S.D. asks from Topeka, KS
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Worried out of my mind my baby girl is breech at this time well was during the ultrasound,was reassured that I have plenty of time and room for baby to flip that I shouldn't be worried about her position at this time but I'am.I know babies flip and move all the time in utero till labor but just the thought of her being breech.Has anyone else gone through this?Everthing else is great.

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Thank you moms for sharing your stories.It is safe to say that worrying is natural.I feel baby moving all around but have yet to distinguish where her head and bootie at this time still to small.I plan to do some research later on if she is in breech later in my pregnancy and will do some exercises to help move her as well.As far as my pregnancy i'll take it easy and enjoy the rest of it this may be my last baby I have.Best Wishes to all of you

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H.N.

answers from St. Louis on

My son was breach at his 20 week ultrasound as well. We had to go back 3 weeks later for another ultrasound and he had already moved out of that position. Don't worry!!

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T.N.

answers from St. Louis on

20 weeks is only half way to the finish line. Pregnancy is a worry roller coaster, but try not to let this upset you. Baby has plenty of time to flip. Both of my pregnancies were like this. They were breech, then not, then breech, and still came out head first. They like to do gymnastics in there. :)

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K.W.

answers from Columbia on

My baby was also breech at 20 weeks. I was getting ultrasounds every 4 weeks because of the position of my placenta and baby stayed breech to either 28 or 32 weeks, I can't remember exactly but I remember I had resigned myself to the fact that the baby wasn't flipping but he did.

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J.

answers from Kansas City on

S.,
At 20 weeks your baby weighs approx. 1 pound. Your baby is swimming in a lake at this point and probably changes position from breech to vertex at least 100 times a day. You do not even need to think about the possibility of a breech presentation until at least 34 weeks. Please don't worry about this at this point of your pregnancy. It is very common and normal. Nothing to b concerned with.

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S.W.

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S. - I completely agree with everyone here. All pregnancies and babies are different. My last child was actually sideways(i believe they call it transverse)up until the day I was induced. My doctor and another attempted to manually turn him. They began by saying it might hurt and then put the jelly on my belly and attempted to turn him. No luck. I ended up delivering him by c-section which I thought was wonderful. I had delivered my others children vaginally so I was a little concerned when they said c-section but it really wasn't that bad. Good luck and God bless:)

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B.S.

answers from Joplin on

Calm down S. !
:o)
She has LOTS of time to move, and she probably will. I have had two of my three that were not "engaged" (as they call it when baby's head is in proper position for birth) right up until I went into labor. My little girl flipped around very early in labor and was fine, my little boy engaged his little head, but was turned facing the wrong way. Just when the doctor thought he was going to have to turn the little guy himself, my son gave one real hard kick and flipped himself around to the perfect position. He still likes to grandstand ! LOL !
Even if your baby were to deliver breach, it is not the big deal it used to be in the old days. All will be fine, I'm sure.
try to relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy, ok ? For just a few more weeks she is all yours. After that, you have to share her with the world.
:o)

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S.S.

answers from Wichita on

I would not worry, your baby does have plenty of time to "flip". At my 24 week sono my baby was in normal position but when I went into labor we found out that she was breech, but first. When it ws discovered it was too late and I did deliver her vaginally, thanks to a great Dr. I she does not flip like she is supposed to there are things that Dr"s can do to help motivate that to happen. And if not well that is the way that it is and it is not the end of the world, your Dr. will probably do a C section and all will be well!

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S.B.

answers from Kansas City on

All babies are breech at this time. When they get larger they will settle down into the pelvis. If by chance it is breech, there are plenty of things that will turn her- a chiropractor can use the Webster technique to turn her- this is a series of manipulations- NOT external version that MD's use- doing handstands in the pool, lying on an inversion board feet up- so don't worry- she will settle when the time is right- S. mom to 9

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M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Your baby has plenty of time to move. Worse can scenero a c-section? I think there is more risks in trying to turn the baby than having a c-section. I had both vaginal and c-section with my kids. I was beyond scared of having a c-section and wanted to take my big ol belly and skip town at the thought of it. But It turned out fine! If you have any questions about it you can pick my brain. I always felt better when I asked a million questions. But your baby will probably move and you will have nothing to worry about. I know its pointless telling a pregnant woman not to worry because thats all I did. And still do for that matter!

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R.C.

answers from Wichita on

Check out this site: http://spinningbabies.com/
It has lots of things you can do to encourage the baby to get into the proper position.
I've had a cesarian birth and a vbac (vaginal birth after cesarian) and please believe me, the cesarian is absolutely worth avoiding. I so wish someone had told me while pg the first time that I could take these simple steps. After the cesarian I had lingering pain for 5 months, after the vaginal birth I felt pretty good. (well, I was really tired for a day or so)

I'm not telling you this to scare you, you will probably be okay either way, just to impress upon you that it does matter, and you can at least improve your odds by being proactive. Good luck!

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K.D.

answers from St. Louis on

HI,
My first son was Breech for my entire pregancy, after talking to the Doctor we did not try to turn him, she told us that sometimes there is a reason the baby is breech and as long as he is not stressed out, no need to worry. I had a scheduled c-section and not any problems what so ever. I will say though towards the end I was very uncomfortable because when most babies are supposed to be dropping, he remained high, and the reflux was awful! But as long as the baby is fine that is the main concern, and I believe as long as you have faith things will happen as God intended them to. Best of luck to you, and if you have any other questions about what I went through having a breech baby, I would be glad to help. My e-mail is [email protected]____.com

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G.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi S. - I hope you have found support here. Personally I have not experienced this G.

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B.M.

answers from St. Louis on

20 weeks is still very early to worry about breech. I've heard of babies flipping a week before the due date (although kinda painful!) I had 2 breech babies, and the dr. couldn't turn them due to an uterine abnormality. I ended up w/ 2 c-sections. As upset as I was about having to have the c-sections, I just kept thinking --- baby's health first! Really, I wouldn't be concerned yet, if baby is still breech in about 12 wks, maybe talk to the doc about turning him/her.

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J.V.

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I am going through this right now, but I am MUCH farther along than you are. (I'm scheduled for a c-section tomorrow). You still have lots of time to get her to flip. When I found out my baby was breech, I started to see a chiropractor that specializes in pregnancies and can help create alignment and open up space in your pelvic bones to encourage her to turn around. Very UN-invasive, and I feel GREAT!! And it's covered by my insurance. Here's a link to their website. http://yourwellnessconnection.com/team.html#spishny. I see Shannon Pishny. She also will help you to be more natural and comfortable during your pregnancy. Check it out. I thought about the manual external version from the hospital, but there were WAY too many risks and it was not worth it for me. There are also alot of exercises and stretches you can do. Google it and ask your doctor. Mine had lots of great suggestions. Most importantly, relax!! You're baby will come the way she is supposed to. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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M.H.

answers from Kansas City on

My baby was breech until like 28 or 30 weeks. I was worried too, but they assured me there was plenty of time for him to turn. And he did. I ended uphaving a c-section, but for a totally different reason. I know it's easier said than done, but don't worry, it'll probably move just fine. Good luck.

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L.S.

answers from St. Louis on

I understand how you feel. I have had two breech baby girls. I had to have c-sections as a result. But my case might be different from yous. You don't have to really think about breech presentation until at least the last month of your pregnancy. Then your doctor will talk about "flipping" your baby around, it's called a version. I opted out of this because the shape of my uterus is what is causing my babies to be breech and the risk of going into premature labor was high for me. Versions can be painful and sometimes once you turn the baby, the baby will turn back. Google versions or ask your doctor if your concerned. I'm not saying that c-sections are the best thing but they are nothing to be scared of either. Mostly likely your baby will turn around and everything will be fine. So calm your nervous and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.:) Whatever the outcome your doctor will have your best interests in mind.

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M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I would definitely not worry if I were you. With my son, he was breach up until 2 days before I had him. I also had a friend whose baby turned while she was in labor. You still have plenty of time. They are constantly on the move in there and you are only half way through your pregnancy.

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R.M.

answers from Topeka on

I can only repeat what the other responses have been. Your precious baby is so little right now that he/she is flipping around and around and upside down a hundred times a day!! If the baby is still breech as you approach the 34th week in your pregnancy...then is the time to discuss this with your doctor. And YES there are things you can do...at home...when the time comes IF you need to try and get a baby out of the breech position..you just dont need to worry about it right now.
R. Ann

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M.K.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi S., I know how it is to be stressed about pregnancy-related issues and it's hard to hear 'relax' about something of concern to you, but with confidence I can assure you that your baby will very likely turn within the next few months. My son was breech at my 20 week and 35 week ultrasounds but had 'righted' himself by 38 weeks. Even if he doesn't turn, doctors can often manually 'assist' the baby with the flip prior to delivery and thereby avoid any other intervention. Good luck!

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L.O.

answers from Topeka on

My baby was breech much later than 20 weeks. I think he didn't turn until about 36 weeks... and that was only two weeks before he came! So don't let it worry you. Just relax and enjoy your pregnancy. (:

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C.M.

answers from Kansas City on

Most babies are in the breech possition at that stage in the game. The usually will flip a couple of times before you go into labor. Usually, there is a point when the baby will drop to prepare for labor a couple weeks before they actually come and if they are breech at that point, then it might be cause for concern. My first one was right on track and in the right possition for a couple of days and then decided that she wanted her comfy spot back so flipped back around and was coming feet first. We had a c-section and everything was perfectly fine. I know a lot of people are scared to death of c-sections but they really aren't that bad if they are done right. Everyone that I have talked to that has had a horrible experience with a c-section has had to have an emergency procedure which causes a lot more problems. If it is planned and the doctors and take their time, it is no big deal and I have even know women who have done it both ways and prefered the c-section to complications that they have experienced because of a big baby that made them rip really bad. You and your little one are fine. Stop stressing about it and enjoy it all while you can.

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R.H.

answers from Kansas City on

I am currently 29 wks pg and am high risk so I see a perinatologist every week. All the way up until last week, my baby was breech. Now it's head down. I fully expect the baby to move back and forth for the next few weeks. I am not concerned though. With having sonos every week, my baby has been in a different position every time. Don't be concerned as you do have plenty of time.

Good luck!

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A.D.

answers from Kansas City on

You've got a lot of great responses, so I'll just add my 2 cents.
My baby girl was "transverse" at her ultrasound...meaning she was lounging out long-ways across my belly. At 22 weeks, they told me not to worry at all...that once she got bigger I'd feel her doing somersaults and be able to tell her head from her butt. It was so true! I had a little gymnast in there! From one day to another, I could feel that her head was up or her butt was up in one corner or the other, or she'd S-T-R-E-T-C-H out horizontal and make my belly look like a scene from a horror movie! Ultimately, she turned head-down and stayed that way, but it wasn't until much later(I really don't remember when, but I know she was doing flip flops for a LONG time!) Remember, at 20 weeks, they are still very small (I wasn't even feeling movement until 22 wks)and they have A LOT of room to turn around and around and around! So for the time being, just enjoy your little acrobat doing her thing in there! Good luck!

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A.Y.

answers from Wichita on

My daughter was breech up until 30 weeks. I was worried all the time too. She turned over just about the time I was totally freaked out about a cesarean. It's completely natural to worry. Everybody tells you not to, but what do they know?

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S.P.

answers from St. Louis on

My son was breech at 20 weeks too. He turned and I had a very good delivery. I admit I don't remember the week he turned, but I too was very worried. Best wishes.

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K.O.

answers from Wichita on

I agree with the other moms. I know it is hard not to worry; all of us moms worry about our unborn children and then spend the rest of our lives worrying about them too! It is highly likely that she will flip, but if she does not and you have to have a c-section, it will be fine. In fact, I have had one vaginal birth (my first son) and two c-sections (twins, then my last son); and I would opt for a c-section any day. Good luck and enjoy your pregnancy. Best wishes for a safe healthy delivery!

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J.M.

answers from St. Louis on

I, myself had a breech baby. She was breech from my ultrasound at about 32 weeks. I am actually a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and did what I do for other women to help naturally turn the baby (with out any force). But, if the baby can't move, she won't move. I ended up with a C-section because my baby was feet first instead of bottom first which can be dangerous. We found out when they did the C-section that the cord was wrapped around her neck and that is why she couldn't move. She is currently a healthy 12 week old and even though I would rather a vaginal birth, like I did with my first, I am recovering just fine with a C-section. I was also very thankful for modern technologies, because my baby and very possibly I, myself, could have died otherwise.
If you want to contact me directly to try the acupuncture, go to my website, www.bcoh.org or email me at [email protected]____.com luck to you.

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M.T.

answers from Springfield on

There have been many breech births in my family. Every generation seems to have them. My daughter was breech, I was breech, my mom was breech, two of my cousins babies were breech as was she. It goes on and on. It's very common and all but one of them delivered vaginally. Don't worry, it's not the end of the world. Good luck.

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G.C.

answers from Springfield on

My son was breech for quite some time. He actually did not flip, so we went through a procedure of "turning" him, 2 weeks before his due date. This was done at the hospital (just in case of a problem) but it was simply my obgyn and the neonatal specialist using their hands on the outside of my belly to rotate him. They have an ultrasound and fetal monitor going on at the same time. I researched this at the time and it was extremely low risk. Worst case scenario, an immediate c-section. All went well for us! Don't get me wrong....there was pain involved! But no more than 10 minutes. That is their limit for how long to try this procedure. My son had actually started to drop in his breech position, so this was harder for us than most. Still it was short, simple and it worked. Did I mention there was pain involved? (Ha! Ha!)

Point being, it was fine for him and there were no complications. The worst case....you have a c-section. I didn't want to do that either, but realized if that's what it would take for a healthy baby, it just wouldn't be that bad!

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T.C.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi! I have a 6 month old boy and he is was breech. He never flipped before I had him. They did a couple more ultrasounds than usual as I got close to my due date, just to see if he flipped. They had a C Section scheduled 5 days before my due date. They even gave me an ultrasound the morning of my C Section just to give it one my look to see if he flipped. The stubborn little guy wouldn't budge = )
Everything was fine with him. He had no issues because of it. He had an ultrasound on his hips which is a routine thing to do for breech babies.
I know your worried but the chances of her flipping on her own are very good, right down to the last minute = )

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C.B.

answers from Kansas City on

S., by all means relax. i'll tell you what happened with me. i was pronounced "a-ok" the ENTIRE pregnancy, with absolutely no bumps in the road at all - not even morning sickness. i had my last dr's appointment on friday, and was scheduled to be induced monday because i was late. as of friday afternoon all was fine. sunday morning i woke up and my water had broken - we went to the hospital thinking this is it, and the first nurse that looked at me felt that he had turned breech, in the last 36 hours. she got the dr. who concurred, and within an hour i had my little baby boy via emergency c-section. it was NOT horrible at all! it was over quickly and the meds were great. i had a blast actually. it was so much easier than i was afraid delivery would be. so the moral of the story is, 1. they can turn in 36 hours no matter how big they are so there's no reason to think she won't do it before you deliver, and 2. worst case, you have a c-section and it's over quickly. it'll be fine! good luck and congrats on #3!

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S.G.

answers from St. Louis on

I have known more than one mother who felt the way do. In each case the baby turned before she went into labor. You have plenty of time.

My mother tells the story of when she went to the hospital with me. The doctor had been telling her that he thought I was breech. She was scared as well. When she went to the hospital he told the nurses to prepare for a breech birth. He had just seen my mother a few days earlier and I still had not turned. They prepared, he examined my mother and told the nurse not to worry about it, I was in position.

I know you must be worried, but either way everything will be alright. The technology today is awesome, and there are so many ways to help baby and mama. Congratulations!!

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J.B.

answers from St. Louis on

My little man was breech at 30 weeks and he flipped and was born vaginally without any complications. I don't know if it helped or not, but I did get on all fours every night (thanks yoga!) for about 3-5 minutes at a time. It took lots of pressure off of my lower back and was 'supposed' to give him more room to move around. Like I said, I don't know if it worked, but he was head-down on birthday.

Congratulations and good luck!

J

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E.S.

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Hi S....
There are exercises you can do (get on all fours and drop your back/belly toward the floor, then arch it up like a cat). My first son was breech until near the end and I did these exercises per my midwife and low and behold, he flipped. You have to do them a couple of times every day until the baby flips. If you are open to alternative ideas, acupuncture works great for flipping babies and it doesn't hurt you or the baby. Just some ideas...hope it helps!

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D.N.

answers from Kansas City on

you're only half way through your pregnancy. Your baby has plenty of time to flip. most babies are breech until the end of the pregnancy and then they normally flip. My third daughter was born breech. I had a chioce of csarean or vaginal birth. I chose vaginal. It took a long time, but she was ok. The only problem we had was jaundice and that cleared up in a couple of days. Try not to worry right now. Enjoy the experience and if by the last few months the baby hasn't flpped, then talk to your doctor about options.

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L.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Good morning, S.! When I went for my 20 week with my son, he was breech at the beginning of the ultrasound, but by the time the procedure was over, he had already moved!! You're right, you do have lots of time for her to move around all she wants!!

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