Breech at 34 weeks

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Breech at 34 weeks

I had my 34-week midwife appointment yesterday, and everything seemed fine until she started palpating my belly and realized baby girl is still in breech position. She said I have until 37 weeks for her to turn head down and at that point they're required to consult an ob and start talking c-sec...and I thought I was finally done with that threat! She's suggested going to the chiropracter, and they're going to try to manually massage baby into position next week.
Has anyone else had this experience and have other suggestions?

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I haven't personally, but a girl on another forum I visit regularly had really good luck with visiting the chiro and turning her baby. She was 38 weeks at the time and so very scared and visited with the chiro a few times and had the baby at right before 40w, once she turned!

I hope you are able to have good luck with it as well.

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Check out the spinning babies website and spend as much time as you can handle upside down. It helps move the baby higher into your abdomen and allows for more room to turn. After being inverted, get up and walk around, paying close attention to good posture and not sitting or slouching.

I don't know your history, is there a reason the OB won't consider doing an external version (turning the baby)?

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Are you familiar with moxibustion for turning a breech? There has actually been a study on it: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/280/18/1580.abstract That is another option you might look into.

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I replied to your post on our birth board with what I did to get this guy to turn when he decided to go breech last week (at 36 weeks). Good luck!!!

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34 weeks seems really early. And I would personally hold off on a section until I actually went into labor. That would tell me that the baby was 100% ready to be born.

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"TyrantOfTheWeek" wrote:

34 weeks seems really early. And I would personally hold off on a section until I actually went into labor. That would tell me that the baby was 100% ready to be born.

I agree with this.
My first turned breech when she was between 38-39 wks, they wanted to either schedule an ECV or c/s within the next few days. I said I wanted to wait and think it over... long story, it was a week before I could see her again. In that time, the baby flipped on its own, no help from anywhere/anything.

2nd time around, the baby flipped non stop right up(I mean really several times/day) until his birth at 39 wks. In the weeks before his birth I was in lots of contact with Gail from spinningbabies. She was very helpful, I really felt like she cared, even though she doesn't know me or ever even met me. Even after the baby was born, she still contacted me to make sure everything went ok.

Another tip I once heard was eat icecream! Set the ice cold bowl on your big stomach and the baby's head will want to move away from the cold.

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My DD spent most of her time at the end flipping and going breech. Just when I thought she'd turned, she's turn right back. I remember at a very late appointment, somewhere between 34 and 36 weeks, being told she was breech again. My midwife had me spend time with my hips above my head, kind of inverted. I'd put my feet / legs on the couch and a pillow under my head on the floor. DH was supposed to then talk to the baby, but he thought that was silly, so he was no help there! Anyways, it was very, very uncomfortable and hard to breath. I hated it.....but it worked! She flipped, but then got out of position again by 38 weeks, with her head by my hips. This time I swung my hips every night, and she got in position finally.

All this to say that there is still a lot of time for your LO to move...definitely a good idea to start looking into ways to get baby to flip, but no need for worry quite yet. My midwife never mentioned c/s at all...even at 38 weeks. 37 weeks seems a bit early as the 'cut-off' to wait to see if baby flips. Many babies don't flip until much closer to labor.

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I have even heard stories of babies waiting until labor to turn.

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"TyrantOfTheWeek" wrote:

34 weeks seems really early. And I would personally hold off on a section until I actually went into labor. That would tell me that the baby was 100% ready to be born.

I agree with this as well & wish more providers would take the stress off mom's for having a breech baby. One of mine didn't turn head down until 37wks (I went to my chiro & also had accupunture done & that seemed to do the trick) and my youngest brother went from breech to head down the day my mom went into labor w/out any outside aids to get him to turn - so I would try as much as possible to not let it stress you out, you still have plenty of time Smile

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I had a doula client's baby go form head down to breech at 5cm dilation--wasn't so great of a thing to happen for her, but it just goes to show that anything is possible!

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I think everyone has given some great advice.
Just wanted to add that our HBMW, with very experienced hands, thought that DS2 might have been breech at 30+ weeks (can't remember exactly maybe 35). Something was just off and he was hard to read. I really didn't want to have a 2nd u/s but some time later we did and found that he was head down so he either turned or was the whole time. I did some spining babies stuff between then. Our MW totallly felt bad for having us do the u/s but said that ever her hands couldn't see through skin after 30 years of work. I'm not saying that your MW/doc is wrong, just throwing the possibility out there.

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Wanted to add that my DS was breech at my 36 week appointment and fliped to headdown somewhere between there and 38 week appointment. 37 weeks is very early to make a decision on a c-section IMHO.

Is there any reason to think the baby won't flip (different shaped uterus, very low)?

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Like your midwife said, you still have almost a month for baby to turn. You do have the option of going into the hospital and they can attempt to turn baby from the outside, or you can always try accupuncture... I've actually seen this done and the woman was just two weeks away from delivery and baby turned head down! Good luck!