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I read somewhere that babies usually begin to move into position (i.e. head down) sometime around 27-28 weeks. When is the "cut-off" time for babies to be in position before an OB suggest a c-section? Do babies run out of room at some point and unable to move into position? Is there anything you can do to assist them? I'm just asking out of curiosity - not really a concern, yet!

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From what I have been told they can turn anywhere from 32-38 weeks but its not unheard of to turn later. My DH didn't turn until a week before his birth so you should still be fine. I haven't been told there is any specific "cut off" date.

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That's good to know... I have a friend who is 34 weeks and, at her appointment this afternoon, the OB told her that if the baby wasn't in position in two weeks then they'd have to schedule a c-section...

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That sounds a bit quick to cut of the OB to me...but to each their own

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I've thrown this website around a whole lot on this board: www.spinningbabies.com
Check it out! It gives plenty of options to help flip baby.

Your friend doesn't have to agree to anything. OB's can be very convincing and may try to talk her into a c-section. But it's not unheard of for babies to flip while in labour!!! So it's never too late.
I had a friend just the other month, her baby was breech and the OB pressed and pressed for a c-section but she refused and then my friend's baby flipped head down - the day before her due date!! She would have had an unnecessary c-section had she scheduled JUST because baby was breech.

I don't see any harm with waiting until labour starts before making the decision to have major surgery or not. Baby can flip at any time! Smile

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I didn't realize that website had so much information! haha Thanks for the information! I'll be passing it all along to her!

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"B-BABY" wrote:

I didn't realize that website had so much information! haha Thanks for the information! I'll be passing it all along to her!

That website has everything! It is the pregnancy holy grail!

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My DS was breech (he found a cozy spot about 28 weeks and didn't budge) and they kept telling me that 97% of babies will go head down by 37 weeks. I had an emergency c-section at 36 weeks for other reasons, but they weren't going to schedule anything until very close to my due date.

I have a friend who's daughter flipped during labor so they can still move at the last minute. I think there's still plenty of time!

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Yeah, 34 weeks sounds a bit early to be talking C-section because of positioning!! YIKES! My OB and I discussed breech delivery at length when I was pregnant with my twins. I have heard of plenty of breech babies being born perfectly fine vaginally - I don't understand why so many people decide it's an automatic reason for major surgery! I know there are risks to a breech birth, but I am adamantly opposed to a c/s unless the baby's life or mine are actually in danger. My OB said that as long as I understand the risks in full, and we are both comfortable with the health of myself and baby, he will do a breech delivery. So I'm not quite as panicked over positioning as most people are... though I certainly would prefer that baby D was head down for delivery!!

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My 3rd went from vertex to breech while I was in labor with her and came out with her butt facing the world Smile

Our child birth educator was telling us about her first time going in to witness a c/s, it was for breech presentation (she thinks it was around 39 weeks) and as they opened up momma's belly the baby flipped vertex before they got the uterus open. Now that would P!SS me off!

A lot of OB's can be talked in to letting labor begin on its own before doing a c/s if momma pushes for it. Other OB's (like mine) will suggest a c/s for breech but will NOT force you to have a c/s for any reason and will not drop you for it either. So, I would suggest momma do lots of research before she makes a final decision.

Until LO's rear end is traveling down the birth canal, it's not too late for baby to flip LOL!

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"momW" wrote:

My 3rd went from vertex to breech while I was in labor with her and came out with her butt facing the world Smile

Our child birth educator was telling us about her first time going in to witness a c/s, it was for breech presentation (she thinks it was around 39 weeks) and as they opened up momma's belly the baby flipped vertex before they got the uterus open. Now that would P!SS me off!

A lot of OB's can be talked in to letting labor begin on its own before doing a c/s if momma pushes for it. Other OB's (like mine) will suggest a c/s for breech but will NOT force you to have a c/s for any reason and will not drop you for it either. So, I would suggest momma do lots of research before she makes a final decision.

Until LO's rear end is traveling down the birth canal, it's not too late for baby to flip LOL!

OMG!!!!! I would be so upset!

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I passed along the information; but, unfortunately, my friend is pretty reliant on the OB and is going to go with whatever the OB suggests at the next appointment! I think it's a little premature; but, it's not my decision (maybe I can at least convince her to book it as close to her due date as possible)!

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"B-BABY" wrote:

my friend is pretty reliant on the OB and is going to go with whatever the OB suggests at the next appointment!

This boggles my mind...

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Yeah I asked about that once - few weeks or more back and they said its up to the baby LOL they could move whenever they are ready, no set time. I am hoping for a regular birth myself, since I have twins I am really hoping Baby A (which is my girl) is head down bc she calls the shots haha

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