Posterior vs. Anterior Labor?

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krazykat's picture
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Posterior vs. Anterior Labor?

Has anyone experienced both naturally?

Both my babies have been posterior and asynclitic, despite spinning babies and all of that that I've tried before. I was determined to avoid that a 3rd time and have been receiving chiropractic care since before the pregnancy. So far *major fingers crossed* this little girl has stayed anterior, even mostly LOA.

How was labor different for you when the baby was posterior vs. anterior? I might not even recognize labor if she stays LOA haha!

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My DD was anterior, and DS was posterior. Posterior was a lot more back labor, especially in the end, and it took me longer to dilate (in the later stages). DS turned right before I started pushing though, so I have no experience with that. The beginnings of labor were the same for me though.....actually that may not be true, as I had cramps all day long the day before with DS and then woke up at 1am with contractions, so maybe I was already in labor, but just didnt know it! Didnt have any of that with DD.

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Odin was anterior to start with for a good 20 or more hours during the labor. The contractions were less in my back and more in the front or all around. When my water broke he did some crazy turn, it felt terrible, and from then until birth he was posterior. Those were way way more intense pressure waves and so hard on my lower back. I needed counter pressure (so much that it left me bruised) to deal with them more effectively. I think when it came to pushing that him being posterior really slowed things down even more than they would have been. I'll take the anterior over the posterior this time for sure.

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My son and my youngest daughter were both posterior. He was born posterior, but she turned at the last minute. My midwife thought she was also asynclitic. My older daughter was anterior....and her birth was much, much easier. All of my labors were fast, but the contractions with my first daughter felt more like cramps and pressure, while with my son and last daughter they felt much sharper. Pushing was also very different. With my anterior daughter, I has a crazy urge to push, and I felt like my body was doing it on its own. With both the other, pushing felt more like 'work.' I never really felt an overwhelming urge. All in all, the anterior birth was the easiest!

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Yes, I agree with PP - anterior birth was much easier, had more of an urge to push.

DS was posterior for both labor and birth - pushing took 2.5 hours, hb was dropping way too much and ended up with an episotomy over a C-section after making that decision with my MW. labor was extremely intense, even with Hypnobabies, labored upright the entire time, no way in HE** I could have labored on my back with no meds. I found the tub indispensable for labor with a posterior baby!

DD was anterior, labor was like what you hear about, pressure waves mostly in the front. pushed her out in less than 10 minutes, had the urge to push and couldn't really stop her coming out actually. Labor was also much easier to deal with and never felt like asking for pain meds at all even when it got more intense in transition.

You'll know you are in labor but you seriously might have trouble knowing when to call your MW to come (I think you are going for a homebirth?) It just wasn't as intense with the anterior baby! I did do chiropractic the entire pregnancy with DD and did not with DS so I think it makes a huge difference.

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My unmediated births:

Second baby: anterior with a nuchal hand, my easiest labor (5 hours, 4 min. pushing)
Third baby: LOA with complications (major pain), 3 hours with 15 min. pushing (started at 7cm due to the problem and midwife manually dilated--not fun)
Fourth baby: ascynclitic head but anterior, 16ish hours, physically easy despite 5 hours at 8 cm, 1 min. pushing
Fifth baby: posterior, 21.5 hours, lots of back pressure, baby rotated at 7cm but back pressure remained, head was flexed rather than tucked, most of labor was comfortable, last hour or so was more difficult due to intense back pressure, 5? min. pushing

My labors have felt different depending on the baby's presentation. I think it's surprising that my easiest labor had a compound presentation.

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My two boys were posterior and ascynclitic, both ended up being CS after extremely long and trying labors. I had an anterior placenta with both of them. Both were large placentas, I wonder if that contributed to their positioning. I did yoga and exercised extensively throughout my pregnancies and received frequent massage and weekly chiro, and did a ton of positioning work, but nothing mattered in the end.

My daughter was anterior with a posterior placenta and it was a very easy and straightforward vaginal delivery.

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DS2 = anterior = 2 pushes
DS3 = posterior = 2 hours of pushing

Labor was fast and furious with DS2. He was born within 1 1/2 hours of labor starting. Labor was more like 6 hours for DS 3. If I had known how hard it would be, I would have done more to get him to turn. (He was turning around regularly until the day he was born.) Also, I didn't realize that reclining in a recliner encourages posterior positioning, and I spent a lot of time in the recliner. I guess I won't be doing that this time around.

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"Potter75" wrote:

My two boys were posterior and ascynclitic, both ended up being CS after extremely long and trying labors. I had an anterior placenta with both of them. Both were large placentas, I wonder if that contributed to their positioning. I did yoga and exercised extensively throughout my pregnancies and received frequent massage and weekly chiro, and did a ton of positioning work, but nothing mattered in the end.

My daughter was anterior with a posterior placenta and it was a very easy and straightforward vaginal delivery.

I remembered our stories being similar. This LO has an anterior placenta as well, but has been surprisingly cooperative so far Wink I believe you had given me the link to your birth stories before... would you mind if I read them again? You can PM if you want.