Hi Everyone! My name is Ashly and I have 4 kids expecting #5 any day! I lurk over here and don't post so I hope you don't mind me asking you something!
At 20 weeks I had to have emergency hernia surgery under my bellybutton about 3 inches to the left because the uterus was growing inside the muscle wall, so instead of my bowls coming out of the hole the uterus was in there. Werid I know! Any ways......
I am almost 39 weeks, this is the most pregnant I have ever been! I normally have them at 37 weeks and I did have a 32weeker. My dr didn't think I would make it this long and we were even thinking about an induction at 36/37 weeks but she was really small and we said we would just go till I went into labor!
Last week I had a membrane sweep to try and help things move along it hurt and there was a lot of blood a few hours later I did start having contractions but mostly in my back and it was horrible! I finally ended up in the hospital for 12 hours contractions every 12 minutes down to every 5 minutes but after 12 hours it was starting to stop. And it was all back labor.
My dr says even though baby is head down she is sunnyside up. She said I can deliver baby like this but it will be a lot of back labor.
So has anyone given birth with a sunnyside up baby?
A lady at church is a nurse and she also said that maybe I won't be able to have the baby vaginal because my muscle wall is still very weak and the surgery was done right in the area that I need to push and have the baby come down. Do you think that is true? I am going to ask my ob but I am nervous about the c-section I have never had one but I need to prepare I guess!
Thank you for reading this, sorry it's so long but I figured I would ask over here!
Hi from January!
My DS and this last baby were both posterior. With both, the contractions were much more intense, and they also double-peaked. (Not fun!) They were harder labors than with DD1. Pushing was also a lot different. With DS, I pushed for about 2.5 hours, which isn't too crazy considering he was my first. I did end up with an episiotomy, though. With this last baby, pushing wasn't harder per se, but just felt different than with DD1. I never had an overwhelming urge to push, and pushing just felt less effective, a bit less like I knew when to push, if that makes sense. I was just pushing with the contractions, not based on an urge. This last baby did flip around at the last minute, but the pushing was 'harder' and she descended slowly. I have no idea how long I pushed.....it felt like a while, but I bet it was only 20 minutes or less!
I know I can do it! I have never had back labor so it's something new! And I was also having the double peak in the contractions they were coming every 12 minutes and 4 minutes into them another peak would happen than come down. With the second peak I felt the contraction in the front but the first time was all my back.
Tomorrow she is doing another sweep, I was 3cm when I left the hospital Wed morning. We will see! Thank you for sharing your story!
i wish i had some good advice for you but don't. i hope they don't get pushy about a section, i can't imagine recoverying from surgery with 5 lo's needing mommy attention. Hopefully the labor is short and sweet!
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
Thank you Kristen, that is one of my biggest fears! how will I take care of my kids! My life is busy with the kids and it would put me back. My husband can take 1 week off of work but school starts up again on Jan 17th and in Law School you don't just miss class! So I don't know. I will know more tomorrow but I am trying to prepare myself!
I did google sunnyside up labors and what not and most lead to c-section because you push and push with no luck!
Just thought to add that I imagine the position you're in for delivery could make a big difference. For DS, I was semi-sitting in the bed, so not ideal. I think this is partly why pushing took so long. For DD1 and DD2, I was squatting. It's not for everybody, but I can't help but think it helped when DD2 was posterior.
Also, it's not too late to encourage baby into a better position. My midwife told me no slouching on the couch, try to sit upright at all times (easier said than done!), and also lunges. It didn't help in my case, but it doesn't hurt to try.
And you're absolutely right -- you can do it! Plenty of babies are born sunnyside up --- it just makes labor a bit different and can mean more pushing. Maybe talk to your dr. about not having a time limit on pushing as long as you and LO are doing fine?
i don't know if it's helpful, but in my experience with DS1, he was sunnyside up when i went into labor. then he kind of shifted partway around as he descended so that he was facing one side, but that meant that the widest part of his head was trying to come through, which doesn't work too well. i was a complete 10 cm but having difficulty making progress with pushes. (my OB only let me try 2 pushes that way though and i wasn't trying different positions that might have helped.) they wanted baby out quickly due to heart rate decels, and started talking c-section, but i begged them to let me try to have him vaginally since we were so close. so on the next push, somehow my OB reached in and helped baby turn the rest of the way so he was facing in the right direction. 2 or 3 more pushes and he was out!
all that to say, your baby may turn during labor, your OB may be able to help, or baby might be born face-up, but i think all of those scenarios are better than a c-section if at all possible. good luck!!!
DS Asher born 11/29/09
DD Clara born 3/9/12
The baby can turn right up until birth, so there is still time for he/she to get into a better position. The tips about sitting straight, not slouching are right on. Also, spend lots of time in hands and knees position. You want the baby's back to roll towards the front of your belly.
BUT, even if baby isn't is the best position you absolutely can have a vaginal birth. I work in maternity and lots of women push out posterior babies and lots of baby turn during labor. Especially, since this isn't your first birth.
You'll do great!
I don't have much more to add, but just want to add support to spending time on your hands and knees and staying out of a slouching on your back position. Get the baby turned before labor starts and you'll be golden!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I msged you on FB, but I did hands and knees with swaying and tilting (cat/cow) for about 20 minutes until the contractions were in my belly again and then doing the Walcher's Trochanger Roll http://spinningbabies.com/techniques...rochanter-roll right after to get her to engage properly.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01