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Old 03-04-2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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Breech questions??

I just got back from my doctors and was told my baby is breech so I will have to schedule a C-section because I have so many health that they wont attempt to turn her.. I am 35 weeks, but I was reading that when babies are breech that there is most likely an abnormality with the baby because the babies biggest part of there body is the head so thats why it goes head down to get more room.. But if your breech that would make another part of the babies body the biggest so it becomes breech and it has abnormalities.. Does anyone known any truth in this I am really worried now this is my first pregnancy..

 
Old 03-04-2006, 04:34 AM   #2
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Re: Breech questions??

Hi Denise

Mine is breech at the moment too - I am 35 weeks aswell but i have never heard of this being a sign of abnormalities. My doc just told me that is the position he is most comfortable in at the moment and that is why he happens to be breech. I really dont think there is any truth in what you read as I know many mothers who have had breech babies and their babies have been fine. I understand your worries thoug - this is my first too and i am worrying about everything!!!!

 
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Old 03-04-2006, 05:33 AM   #3
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I was reading that when babies are breech that there is most likely an abnormality with the baby because the babies biggest part of there body is the head so thats why it goes head down to get more room..
Babies are born head first because cervical pressure (pushing) through the birth canal as opposed to cervical pulling, is better for their body.

All mammals are born this way, and in wild animals, it's to reduce injury during birth since most animals are walking and avoiding predators within hours. A cervical injury from the weight of the body pulling on the neck as they're born could reduce their chances of survival even more.

So I don't think a baby's position has much to do with abnormalities, as much as with comfort and timing.

 
Old 03-04-2006, 08:30 AM   #4
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Re: Breech questions??

There could be some issues, such as cord issues that prevent the baby from turning (like a short cord) but that's not always as likely. My baby turned breech at 30wks and then finally turned head down again at almost 35 weeks. My suggestion would be to seek out a chiropractor who knows how to do the Webster technique. My chiropractor did this for me. He started on a Friday and then did it on the next Monday and Wednesday. Well that Wednesday he was head down so it seemed to work!

The Webster technique is where the chiropractor puts some very light pressure on a certain spot on your abdomen. It helps to loosen a particular ligament which then helps loosen the pelvic bones so there is more room for the baby. Some babies won't turn because they don't have enough room. I would certainly seek out this option before settling for a C-section. If you do indeed schedule a C-section, be sure they check the baby's position before hand in case your baby turned. He/she can still turn. I have even heard of a baby that turned at 41wks! Also, check with your insurance and see if they cover any chiropractic care because if so then that will make it really cheap to go. Otherwise, it may be about $30 per visit or so. But worth it if it will help your baby turn and prevent a C-section! It doesn't hurt at all. And the chiropractor doesn't touch the baby at all - so its nothing like the external version.

Good luck! I hope your baby turns soon! I know the stress and worry it can cause!

 
Old 03-04-2006, 02:24 PM   #5
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I have NEVER heard of that before and there is not a lot of truth in that either. I have a sister who was breech, she just didn't turn and she is not an abnormal girl (she is 11 now) If you had that major ultrasound when they look for defects and they found none then I would not be so concerned.

 
Old 03-04-2006, 05:04 PM   #6
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Re: Breech questions??

Thanks everyone its just that when its your first baby you dont know what to expect so you read everything and it really will make your head spin sometimes with some of the stuff that they come up with..

 
Old 03-05-2006, 02:19 AM   #7
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i went to my antenatal class yesterday and they said sleeping on your left side and spending some time in the day on all fours encourages the baby to turn into the correct position for delivery, only i am not sure if this applied to breech babies but surely is worth a shot best of luck. i too never heard anything about breech equalling abnormalities i would burn the book you read it in take care

 
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i went to my antenatal class yesterday and they said sleeping on your left side and spending some time in the day on all fours encourages the baby to turn into the correct position for delivery, only i am not sure if this applied to breech babies but surely is worth a shot best of luck. i too never heard anything about breech equalling abnormalities i would burn the book you read it in take care
.. Thanks for the info I am willing to try anything, and having the C-section doesnt bother me that bad its just reading that there could be something wrong with her that got to me, everyone keeps telling me to stay off the internet and away from the books but thats easier said than done

 
Old 03-05-2006, 12:21 PM   #9
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Re: Breech questions??

Hi Denise, I truely understand all the fears and worries that you have with this being your first pregnancy. Please Please Please DO NOT stress yourself over the possibility of an abnormality with your baby due to her present position of being breech. The positioning of the baby HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY ABNORMALITIES!!!!!!!!! Some babies simply just dont turn to the vertex position, while others are just so active that they will turn every which way.

I am sure that as you near your due date that your Obstetrician will do another ultrasound prior to your C-section to be sure that the baby is still breech.
Obstetricians perform C-Sections to deliver breech presenting babies due to the risk of delivering vaginally. There are different types of breech presentations, regardless of the presentation should a woman deliver a breech baby the head is the last to be delivered and is also the largest part of the baby. The baby could be at risk for the cervix clamping down on the neck and ultimately strangling the baby.

Please dont worry, your baby being breech is just simply the position that your baby prefers right now, nothing more. Many babies are breech, as it is much more common then what you may think.

Congratulations and good luck to you,
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Old 03-05-2006, 01:41 PM   #10
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Denise, my son was breech until 41 weeks until he turned by himself and he was and is still fine at 5 years old. Don't worry.

 
Old 03-05-2006, 08:53 PM   #11
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Thanks ladies for all the reassurance!

 
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