I'm just looking for other women's experiences here! With DS1 I had a posterior placenta. This time I have an anterior placenta. The baby is head down and has been that way since 20 weeks. He is also completely posterior. I had another ultrasound at 24 weeks just because they couldn't visualize the heart at my regular anatomy scan. He's still posterior and head down.
As far as I can tell he has never flipped to be facing my spine. With DS1 I could feel his back and butt very prominently from 20 weeks on. I have a nice soft belly this time, you can't see or palpate any baby parts.
I have been reading (Stupid Dr. Google!!!) that since babies face the placenta having an anterior placenta generally means your baby is less likely to rotate normally during labor giving you an increased change of delivering a sunny side up baby or the baby getting stuck while trying to pass under the pubic bone because of being face up and causing terrible back labor.
I plan to talk to my midwife about it next week, but I'm sure some of you have been through this before!! With DS1 I had a 12 hour labor with 3 hours of pushing. After 11 hours the pain was so bad and completely lost control mentally. I got an epidural for the last hour or labor lol. I really think I could make it naturally this time, but I'm worried. A normal birth is very overwhelming, I'm pretty nervous thinking about pushing out a face up baby with back labor!
I guess my question is, if you had an anterior placenta did you end up delivering a posterior baby??
ETA: I don't know if this matters... DS1's head circumference was over the 100th percentile at birth. At my 24 week ultrasound this baby's head was measuring 26 weeks. DH shoulda told me big heads run in his family before I married him!!! lol
Last edited by Carolyn85; 09-03-2011 at 03:56 PM.
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
My DS1's placenta was anterior and he moved all around up until about 36 weeks, even turned sideways a few times, and was facing posterior up until about 38 weeks then turned anterior or mostly anterior and all it took was me kneeling to get him back anterior. IMO a baby is going to face however the heck the baby wants to face in the end.
Carolyn, I looked this up with my first, and from what I could find there is no real extra worry for a posterior baby. Both my pregnancies were with an anterior placenta, and both girls still remained anterior as well.
I'm trying to remember where that particular article was that I saw. Possibly at spinningbabies.com. Check that out, either way. It can help to get your newbie into an anterior position and keep him there.
I had an anterior plactenta last time and did not have a posterior baby. I think I have one this time as well but won't know for another 4 weeks when I have my first u/s. I don't think anterior placenta = posterior baby. So hopefully your little guy turns in the end
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12
Jordie: were your babies anterior through pregnancy? Or were they posterior and then rotated and engaged normally during labor?
I have been on the spinning babies website and was reading about inversions for a posterior baby. It says "Don't do an inversion if your baby isn't or doesn't seem engaged and you have an unstable lie. " But then it also says you can do inversions throughout the entire pregnancy. The baby doesn't "engage" till labor is near, so how can I do an inversion throughout pregnancy? I am more than willing to do this 2-3x a day if its the right thing to do!!
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
Cassandra is having issues staying in one position, she's not engaged and rotating all over creation. I also have an anterior placenta.
My chiropractor told me to NOT do inversion due to the chance that it may cause her to turn breech.
I had an anterior placenta with Brayden as well, and he was persistently posterior from 32 weeks, up to, through, and after we gave up on labor.
I have had an anterior placenta with both of my babies.
With DS, he was a footling breech until week 36, and then posterior laying but head-down at the end of the pregnancy and he was born posterior (sunny side up). Back labor was intense and not fun - some things can help if you end up with back labor - WATER (tub, shower), pressure on your back like someone rubbing it, and laboring standing up or kneeling. I pushed for 2 hours and ended up with an episiotomy (heartrate was decel a lot!) because his head was sort of stuck. He was also my first baby, so not sure how much different it would have been if he was not sunnyside up.
With DD, she was side-lying during most of the pregnancy and was born anterior. It was a much easier labor, and only about 15 minutes of pushing.
Do what you can to spin your baby correctly, it can make a whole lot of difference!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
I had an anterior placenta with both pregnancies as well (how many of us are stomach sleepers?). My first finally turned as I was pushing and came out anterior, although I had back labor with her. My second turned anterior the day before my water broke and stayed anterior throughout labor, but I still had back labor.
Hi Carolyn! Honestly I've never been told which way my placenta sits, I'm assuming because they didn't feel like it mattered? Only with my first baby was he facing up and I had horrible back labor the ENTIRE time! I went ahead and had him naturally, but I remember it made me not want to have kids ever again. With my second and third babies I was induced with pit in the 39th week (different reasons for both) and because of the pit it made my contractions horrible and I ended up with an epi both times. I really want to go at it on my own this time, no induction, hopefully no back labor, because I know that I can do it... fingers crossed!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13
I had an anterior placenta this last time around and my contractions during prodromal labor kept going back and forth between back labor and stomach contrax. But I have never been told of baby's position other than head down.
I just delivered on Monday, the 29th. On Saturday, the 27th, baby's head was not engaged and the water bag was bulging (I was 3cm and 80% effaced). The doc said if the water would break, baby would descend. This was just prior to a huge amount of activity by baby and then I had back labor for a while. I did lots of hands and knees to encourage baby to rotate and then when I started feeling them in my belly again (Sunday) I did a technique from spinning babies to encourage engagement. This worked cause the next day they said baby's head was in they way to do AROM. yet nothing on my cervix changed. I delivered that afternoon with baby facing the right way and no back labor.
I, too, was worried or convinced I'd have a posterior baby with back labor.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01