random tailbone question

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random tailbone question

while i was in labor with DD the douchebag OB who was delivering her said "have you ever broken your tailbone?" (with his hand in my crotch) and i answered "not that i know of" and he said "well, it looks like you did, it kind of hooks in and now you have to get this baby's head around it" and i was like WTF!

So after much thought i guess i could have broken my tailbone a couple different times, but it never hurt enough for me to worry about it i guess and it healed. i didnt re-break it delivering DD.

so my question here is.... anyone else come across this situation? should i try to labor/deliver in a different position, like all 4's to help get the baby around my tailbone with less work (i was on my back with DD) i was planning on trying that anyway, but i'm always amazed at how much info i can find on here about things i didnt think there was that much research to do about!

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I broke my tailbone birthing Cannon,and believe me, if you had ever broken yours, you would remember! It took 6 months for the pain to go away and become just an ache, and even now, it aches when the weather changes or if I have to sit for a long time. The best positions to avoid breaking your tailbone during birth are on your side and up on hands and knees. I birthed S on my side, and although it didn't break again, it did feel bruised for several weeks after. I may try hands and knees this time.

Joined: 11/23/07
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if i broke it it would have been in 5th grade when the jerk who sat next to me thought it would be funny to pull my chair out from under me (concrete floor) or a few weeks later when i slipped on the ice, or anytime i highschool when i was cheerleading and clumsy... i know i've bruised it but i didnt think i'd broken it until the moment the OB asked. 5th grade was a long time ago though, i don't remember if it was sore for months, it could have been... my mom says she remembers me being sore enough to complain for quite a while after the pullingh-the-chair-out incident.

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I bet you did break it then...I would def try either side lying or hands and knees. Since it was so long ago the bone is probably calcified so the risk of breaking it again would be smaller, but those positions might make birth easier.

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Hands and knees or squatting is probably an easier position for a baby to slide down anyway.

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I'm pretty sure I broke mine around 5th grade as well hitting the cement floor while roller skating. It hurt for months and I couldn't get in and out of my chair at school without massive pain. Ouch. Didn't have any problems because of it during this delivery that I know of. I did have really bad back labor and pushed a while on hands and knees and also kinda side lying as well. He came out when I was on my back.

It did bother me during pregnancy though, esp. when trying to sit on my birth ball.

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mine doesnt bother me right now, or any other day, i was just REALLY annoyed that the stupid OB was so unhelpful about it while ANNOUNCING IT while i was pushing! of course, he had NO suggestions for positions or anything..... just told me i had to push her AROUND it now.... And DD was sunny side up and i had nothing but back labor the WHOLE time... never felt anything except back pain, wonder if it was related or not.