Had my appointment today...

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Had my appointment today...

... and MW confirmed that baby is in ROT position and she thinks he is gearing up to go OP (as BOTH my other children were born OP and she thinks it's the shape of my uterus, pelvis). I'm ok with delivering an OP baby, but I've heard horror stories with delivering a ROT baby... I'm not too terribly worried yet b/c there is pleanty of time for me to work on getting this lil guy to move but other than pelvic rocking and avoiding my recliner, what other things can you ladies suggest to help get him into a more favorable position?

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Check out spinning babies they have a ton of good info!!

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I know what OP is, since that is how I delivered Andrea, but what is ROT?

I mentioned to my midwives that I'm nervous this one is gearing up for OP again this time and they said it is not likely, but I really feel like that is exactly what this second one is going to do as well. I just feel like that is how she is fitting in there with my short waist.

One thing we talked about was getting my birth ball out and using it to sit on when I can. It gives good posture vs relaxing back. If you have one, that might help.

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ROT=right occiput transverse--the back of the baby's head is in line with the mother's righ hip Smile There are eight fetal possitions with a head down baby--going in a circle from the front, it's OA (occiput anterior), ROA (right occiput anterior), ROT (right occiput transverse), ROP (right occiput posterior), OP (occiput posterior), LOP (Left Occiput Posterior), LOT (left occiput transverse), LOA (left occiput anterior) and then you're back to OA.

I was just talking to a woman yesterday who had three OP labors. She said the OB told her that nothing causes posterior babies, it is just "bad luck"--she said she didn't believe that and I told her I thought she was right--I think there are things about some women's anatomy that can cause OP babies.

Becca, do you see a chiropractor? It is possible that the tendancy towards certain baby positions is caused by misalignment, which could be corrected with chiropractic adjustments.

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Update: Baby has been going between OP and ROT (from where I am feeling movement... I've been doing belly mapping)-- I am hesitant to say he is in an "official" ROT position b/c his head is just so low-- can a baby's head get low enough to give the "cervix head butts" in ROT position? I have been doing a lot of pelvic rocking, lots of pool time, and I have been avoiding my recliner. Nothing seems to be helping but I am not too worried, I'd rather have OP than breech or transverse any day!
Andrea, both of my previous children were born OP and I do believe this one will be, too not b/c of bad luck though. Smile My midwife says that the way a uterus is shaped can definately play a part as well as placental position (though I'm personally not sure about that...). Right now, they are really encouraging me to not recline back as much as possible so gravity can work on the heaviest part of the baby's head (the back of the head) and turn him around.
Brittany, I don't see a chiropractor but my MW did recommend it. I will have definatley have to look into it. Smile

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I saw a chiropracter very regularly with my first and it didn't help, but I don't think it hurt either Smile

Thanks for the info, Brittany Smile

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Sorry I don't have any advice to give as I never had to deal with this during my pregnancies... I had no idea baby could be in so many strange positions? It's been super informative if anything, though!