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Along Abbey Road | A Lifestyle And Family Blog : My Baby Is Breech

10.09.2013

My Baby Is Breech


And I am feeling overwhelmingly defeated.

Today marks 35 weeks on the dot, and yesterday's checkup confirmed baby boy still hasn't budged. His darling little head is wedged up under my right rib, precisely where he was two weeks ago.  The panic is beginning to set in, because I only have one week left before our odds really plummet. Only 3-4% of babies are in breech presentation by 36 weeks, and after that point it is highly unlikely they will spontaneously turn on their own. I am trying to maintain a positive vibe, but inwardly I am completely and utterly flipping out (pun intended). 

As for techniques to flipping the little fellow, you name it, I've probably tried it. Acupuncture (moxibustion), chiropractic adjustment, downward dog, pelvic tilts, laying upside down, ice packs and heat pads, playing music low on my belly... Luke thinks I'm crazy with all of his wonky, side-eyed glances as I spend the good portion of our mornings in some sort of upside down position. Come on, gravity! I'm counting on you!

Let's talk about getting adjusted for a quick minute. My brother-in-law is a physical therapist and is trained in adjustments and all that lovely stuff that makes your back shiny and spiffy. While we were in Arizona last week, he helped a sista' out and cracked and popped everything back into place. And guess what? My right leg was 1 inch shorter than the left because my SI joint was so off balance. ONE INCH! That is enough to make a pelvic floor angry. But, apparently my newly realigned pelvis isn't tempting enough to get baby boy to drop his head down. Sigh.

Then there is the acupuncture and moxibustion (pictured above). I am an ecstatic fan of this approach, and crossing all fingers and toes that it does the trick. One of my best gal pals is in med school and has been feeding me article upon article about this technique and anything related to breech presentation, so I am feeling optimistic. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my picture of my moxa stick, which I think is the smelly equivalent to bong water. Hey, it's good to get a little pseudo-rebellious every once in awhile, right? ;)

The last and final attempt we will make to spin this bébé is ECV. Have you tried this before? Did it hurt? I am a teensy tad nervous, but would rather exhaust all my resources to get him flipped before we opt for a c-section, which leads me to my next question...

Who has had a c-section? What was your take away and experience with it? I was so amped to have an unmedicated, natural birth and am already feeling robbed of it with the likelihood a c-section may have to happen. And that's only the beginning of my worries. I am really great at inducing my own full-blown panic attacks in medical situations, and I've made the mistake of reading people's horror stories with c-sections gone wrong on those awful birthing forums. The whole sensation of not being able to tell if you are breathing from being numbed to your neck? Ummm, that's not going to set well with me. I can already guarantee that. Does it always feel like that? And what about those people that claimed they could feel the incision? Eeep! Please, please, please reassure me, mamas! I would like to hear your positive, successful stories.

So yeah. Keep Baby Número Dos in your prayers that he will impress us all with his acrobatic abilities and spin head down in the next week! And overall, I am truly overcome with gratitude that he is strong and healthy and that this is the only small issue I have to worry about. We are very blessed in that regard and can't wait to meet him in a few short weeks, no matter his choice of dramatic entrance into this grand world!

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22 Comments:

At October 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM , Blogger The Mrs. and The Momma said...

I will email you...I've been exactly in your spot. :)

 
At October 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Lacey D said...

My second baby was also breech during the last 5 weeks of pregnancy. I tried all the things you've said and she never turned. I was nervous about trying to flip her and then going home afterward, the cord moving around just freaks me out! I asked my Dr if they would try to flip the morning before a scheduled C-section. So 1 week before my due date I went in, they gave me the epidural first and did the external flip and it worked! They said my chances were better since it was my second, like you. I was then induced and was able to have her without a c-section. Good luck!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Hailey said...

hoping for the best!!!!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Shannon Boyce said...

I am so sorry to hear that you're stressing out! It is definitely not an easy situation, but I know that things will be just fine. <3
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At October 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Rachell Edens said...

I had to have a c-section with my son as I would not dilate fully and he got stuck. I ended up having to have full anesthesia as my platelet count was too low for an epidural. Honestly, it was super easy to me and I was up and moving around within 24 hours. My incision healed quickly and I had minimal pain (I didn't have to take any of the pain medication and I refused it in the hospital afterwards because I didn't need it). Of course, every situation is different but I don't think its something you should feel afraid of. Of course, I understand your frustration of the possibility of not being able to birth naturally. Prayers that baby boy turns and you can experience labor and birth exactly as you have planned.

 
At October 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Nina said...

Breech babies are frustrating. Lia was breech right up to 37 weeks and then flipped on her own. It wasn't a huge deal because I was having a scheduled C-Section anyway but it can still complicate things none-the-less. But, as someone who has had 2 C-Sections and both with VERY different experiences I would say don't stress about it too much. With Max my c-section was emergency. His labor and attempt at delivery was long and very traumatic (I labored for 36 hours and pushed for almost 4 and then almost died -- yeah, fun times). My subsequent recovery after that c-section was long and painful. With Lia I was scheduled. I did not experience labor or pushing or any kind of stress on my body before the c-section and my recovery was SOOOOO much better the second time!! Much faster and I was up and feeling great within a day. I really believe that having no stress on my body was huge in my recovery. SO, my point is -- don't stress about having to schedule a c-section. It's hard to let go of our ideal births but honestly, getting that sweet baby in your arms is the whole point!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Nina said...

Breech babies are frustrating. Lia was breech right up to 37 weeks and then flipped on her own. It wasn't a huge deal because I was having a scheduled C-Section anyway but it can still complicate things none-the-less. But, as someone who has had 2 C-Sections and both with VERY different experiences I would say don't stress about it too much. With Max my c-section was emergency. His labor and attempt at delivery was long and very traumatic (I labored for 36 hours and pushed for almost 4 and then almost died -- yeah, fun times). My subsequent recovery after that c-section was long and painful. With Lia I was scheduled. I did not experience labor or pushing or any kind of stress on my body before the c-section and my recovery was SOOOOO much better the second time!! Much faster and I was up and feeling great within a day. I really believe that having no stress on my body was huge in my recovery. SO, my point is -- don't stress about having to schedule a c-section. It's hard to let go of our ideal births but honestly, getting that sweet baby in your arms is the whole point!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM , Anonymous Jenn said...

I was induced and already had an epidural before needing to get the c-section done, so I was probably more medicated than others would be in the situation, I guess? Epidural wise, I had no feeling from about mid-back down (which was lovely as far as labor pains go, lol) and c-section went fine. The scar is so low down that I can wear absolutely any kind of underwear and it will cover the scar, and the scar does fade over time. As far as c-sections, being the hospital longer than most others has high points and low points, and not being able to sit fully up afterwards without a little assistance can be a little annoying, but other than that -- I loved my birth experience, would recommend a c-section to anyone, and if I had another child I would want the exact same birth experience as the first.

There wasn't a point when I wanted to have a non-medicated natural birth...

 
At October 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM , Blogger The Bender Family said...

Leslie had an ECV with Catie, I believe. I don't remember how far along she was, but she said it was like someone was trying to turn a cinder block in her stomach. Ouch! But she said it was worth it. My SIL also bad a breech baby. She didn't do the ECV and opted for her first ever C-section and loved it so much that she did C-section with her last baby as well (both with no complications). Good luck! We're thinking of you & you're in our prayers! I can't wait to read some updates on how this turns out!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM , Blogger The Bender Family said...

Leslie had an ECV with Catie, I believe. I don't remember how far along she was, but she said it was like someone was trying to turn a cinder block in her stomach. Ouch! But she said it was worth it. My SIL also bad a breech baby. She didn't do the ECV and opted for her first ever C-section and loved it so much that she did C-section with her last baby as well (both with no complications). Good luck! We're thinking of you & you're in our prayers! I can't wait to read some updates on how this turns out!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM , Blogger jessica | piganddac said...

I haven't experienced this but my friend's baby flipped during labor. Have you considered delivering breech? My midwife has delivered plenty that way, although these were homebirths. Keeping your little guy in my thoughts, and you too, I can't imagine how anxious you must be.

 
At October 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM , Blogger Laura Collard said...

I've had to deliver both of my girls via c-section because my pelvis shape is such that my babes just can't descend. I am a total freak about surgery and was so sooo nervous but both of them were so great and I was able to hold my babies right after I had them as they were stitching me up. My most recent c-section was so dang fast I didn't even know they'd started when I heard my baby cry. It was surreal. I was also really disappointed to have to have c-sections but I recovered so quickly. I bet you would too. Everyone makes them out to be so terrible but they're actually pretty nice. You can schedule them around your family's schedule and you're in and out of surgery in less than 30 minutes. I hope he turns so you can have a natural birth again, but if not just know that a c-section ain't half bad. Good luck!!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I don't know you...honestly saw the "headline" for your post while on a friend's blog. Anyway, thought I'd drop my 2cents for ya.

I had my first a little over 11 months ago. Like you, had planned on a "traditional" birth. At 32 weeks, my plans started to change when we realized baby was breech. Put myself in all the positions, ice packs turned to water packs on my belly, etc. At 37 weeks it became clear she wasn't going anywhere.

Here's what I know-

ECV's are extremely risky and *should* be attempted in an OR becuse they can lead to an emergency Cesarean situation.

If you've delivered vaginally before, you can attempt to do so with a breech baby, but it is also risky.

C-sections are not the end of the world. My little girl was a C-section baby, and all went beautifully. Yes, it hurt. But it hurts either way (so I hear). All that mattered to me was that she was born in the safest possible way.

People will be very opinionated about the subject. Once people started to find out she was going to be a C-section baby, we got some of the rudest, most judgmental and cruel comments I have ever heard in my life. We also got some very supportive, understanding and encouraging words that helped calm our fears.

In the end, you have to decide what is best for your family. Continue to educate yourself on ALL your options. I wish you a safe and blessed delivery as you welcome your new little one into your family. :)

Christine

 
At October 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Rychelly said...

I had to have a c-section and already had the epidural before so they ended up just making it stronger and it was weird at first but it wasn't anything bad. I was a little sore once mess
Started wearing off but I was up and walking the next morning. You will be sore at first but each day does get better. Not anything to be afraid of! Praying he turns soon!!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Mallory Lindstrom said...

Hi Abbey, I saw your link through facebook and it caught my eye because I had an ECV. My daughter was breech the whole pregnancy and at 36 weeks my doctor told me that if we wanted to try and have her turned then we would have to do it soon. I think it was after 36 or 37 weeks, it gets harder to turn them since they are getting bigger. I think the chances of them turning on their own also go down for the same reason. Anyway, so I decided to take the chance at 36 weeks and have her turned. I was also very nervous about having a csection and wanted to do anything I could to avoid it. Anyway, I did it and it worked! I'm not going to lie, it hurt really bad! But, in the end I was glad I did it. They monitor the baby on an ultrasound the whole time and keep you for a long time afterwards to continue to monitor you and the baby. They stop pushing your stomach every 30 seconds (I think) to monitor the baby. If there is any stress on the baby they will stop. Anyway, my water actually broke a week later at 37 weeks so my daughter was born 3 weeks early. Not sure if it had anything to do with the ECV but I'm pretty sure it got things going since there was so much jarring. Hope this helps! Good luck!

 
At October 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Courtney said...

I was in that 3-4% when I was born. I was breeched and according to my mom, everything went smoothly.

 
At October 10, 2013 at 4:45 AM , Blogger Kaitlyn said...

I too had intended on a natural childbirth with my first baby around this time last year. Took the classes, was so pumped about going into labor only to come to find out that she was breech around 32 weeks. At 36 weeks she still was breech! I tried chiro, pelvic titls, ice packs, everything it seemed like. I was so incredibly bummed because THIS WAS NOT MY BIRHT PLAN. But she did move! At around 37-38 weeks she flipped, and I was still able to deliver naturally. So hang in there, it may seem like you're out of options but that little one may be taking his/her sweet time before preparing to come out!

 
At October 10, 2013 at 5:57 AM , Blogger CaseyWiegand said...

sister i have had 3 c-sections, email me if you have any questions!!!

 
At October 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Alyx said...

I was not a fan of a csection so I will spare you my story. I will, however, tell you that it is NOT the norm to be up and walking around the morning after. granted, I had mine in the late evening - maybe these other people had theirs in the morning, but still - don't go into it with that expectation if you end up with one. Also... I believe you can attempt to deliver breech naturally - I know people who have done it and things worked out just fine. Its just a little bit more complicated and docs don't want to mess with it, so they run straight to interventions like c-sections. I say just pray about it and do what you think is best,

 
At October 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Tisse said...

i saw your picture about this on instagram but i am a bit late on reading this post... my first bit of advice was to try a chiropractic adjustment (which you've obviously already done!). a friend of mine had her baby flip at 35 weeks after two adjustment sessions. another option that my midwives raved about was the use of essential oils ... you can find a little bit more about which ones to use on this site.

http://www.mybreechbaby.org/essential-oils-for-breech-babies.html

good luck mama, thinking happy thoughts for you and your gravity defying little one :) xoxo

 
At October 12, 2013 at 6:23 AM , Anonymous J Lee said...

Wow, I didn't even know that a "breech" could happen. I wish you all luck and my prayers are with you!

 
At October 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Emily Walk said...

I'm another late commentor but I wanted to make a shout out for a chiropractic technique called the Webster technique. It is a chiropractic technique used to help aid in the repositioning of breech babies and helps babies settle down in the pelvis. I had three incredibly rough labors with my first three babies and after learning about and receiving treatment with this method for my fourth, it was easy peasy. Here is a link that tells you more:

http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2012/07/10/how-the-webster-technique-can-help-you-birth-without-fear/

It's different than regular chiropractic treatments (not much or any popping, cracking, etc). If you are interested, call around to chiropractors and see if they are familiar with this technique. It truly could make all the difference!

I wish you luck with this delivery! It sounds like you are confident - you will do just fine in whatever happens. :)

 

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