When to start worrying about position?

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When to start worrying about position?

So its sooooo early and I know that, but he is head up now and has not moved! I can feel his head on my left side under my ribs. Tyler was head down already at this time and stayed that way

I am getting adjustments at the chiro every two weeks already.

Breech is one of the few things that will send me straight to the hospital for a repeat c-section?

I know babies can turn even IN labor but I wonder if I should start doing what I can NOW to hope that that doesn't have to happen?

What should I start doing?

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My midwife said that doing squats helps keep baby from being breech. I forget exactly what she said, something about it opening up the pelvis.
So whenever I need to pick something up, or get eye-to-eye with my kids, I just squat. When I exercise (3-4times a week) I do several different types of squats.

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There is nothing you can do to keep him head down at this point. There is just too much room in there right now. I wouldn't worry about trying anything, other than watching your posture and try not to let your knees be higher than your hips, at this point because it will be pointless. I wouldn't start doing anything more till around 30 weeks.

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"princess consuella" wrote:

So its sooooo early and I know that, but he is head up now and has not moved! I can feel his head on my left side under my ribs. Tyler was head down already at this time and stayed that way

I am getting adjustments at the chiro every two weeks already.

Breech is one of the few things that will send me straight to the hospital for a repeat c-section?

I know babies can turn even IN labor but I wonder if I should start doing what I can NOW to hope that that doesn't have to happen?

What should I start doing?

I wouldn't worry much until you hit 34 weeks, depending on the size of your babies. Mine are huge and run out of room sooner - 3 of my kids got stayed head down from 29 weeks on. The other one flipped at 32-33 weeks after I had spent a good part of the evening upside down in hope of making him flip. Other than general good posture, there isn't much you can do yet. Around 28 weeks, I would make a point of doing squats and spending time in on hand & knees to encourage good position overall. If he still doesn't flip then I would do some inversions and other positioning techniques.

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"kridda_88" wrote:

There is nothing you can do to keep him head down at this point. There is just too much room in there right now. I wouldn't worry about trying anything, other than watching your posture and try not to let your knees be higher than your hips, at this point because it will be pointless. I wouldn't start doing anything more till around 30 weeks.

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"kris_w" wrote:

I wouldn't worry much until you hit 34 weeks, depending on the size of your babies. Mine are huge and run out of room sooner - 3 of my kids got stayed head down from 29 weeks on. The other one flipped at 32-33 weeks after I had spent a good part of the evening upside down in hope of making him flip. Other than general good posture, there isn't much you can do yet. Around 28 weeks, I would make a point of doing squats and spending time in on hand & knees to encourage good position overall. If he still doesn't flip then I would do some inversions and other positioning techniques

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Here is a great article about this:

http://www.motherspirit.net/articles/pregnancy/preventpost.htm

This was part of the article:

"Avoid squatting unless you are sure baby is now anterior…squatting can force a posterior baby into the pelvis before s/he rotates, making it much less likely s/he will turn anterior without being disengaged first. "

And I heard this in the Birthworks childbirth class as well. Anything where your knees are above your pelvis isn't as good.

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That's interesting that it says not to squat that early....if I waited until later to do it I don't think I'd be able to! I've been working my leg muscles out because I used them so much in DS's labor/birth that I am determined this time to have them more in shape!

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Spinningbabies.com has great info on positioning. You don't have to worry about it for quite a while but getting into the habit of doing certain things isn't a bad idea. Sitting in bucket seats (like in a car) and slumping back into a couch or office chair can push baby into less than ideal positions. It's also not so great for your back. Sitting on a birth ball with your belly hanging out instead of sitting on the couch is great.

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my baby is breech right now at 32 weeks and midwife isnt worried until I hit 34 weeks. She told me to do cat/cow yoga for now and if its still not head down by 34 weeks, we will do more.. like standing upside down in a pool, shining a light at the bottom of the belly, having dh talk to bottom of belly, etc. At 36 weeks if baby isnt head down, then I get transferred out of their care Sad But... the plus side is if the baby moves head down before birth, then i can go back.

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"newtomom" wrote:

That's interesting that it says not to squat that early....if I waited until later to do it I don't think I'd be able to! I've been working my leg muscles out because I used them so much in DS's labor/birth that I am determined this time to have them more in shape!

You can squat, but don't do it so that your knees are above your hips. It is best for them to be paralell tot he ground. Anything that tilts the pelvis back is bad too. So just keep an eye on how you are sitting. Sitting with good posture is a great way to get baby into a good position.

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ITA that it's a bit early to start worrying. Mine both settled in head down around 28-30 weeks and I was told that was really early.

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I wouldn't worry until 34 weeks even though they can flip a lot at that point still. But I like to know what position they are in so I can be proactive. Everyone gave great resources. What state do you live in? Will your midwife not delivery breech, or is it state regulated?

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I agree that 20 weeks is months too early to be worrying about this at all...there's just still so much room in there at this point, even if he went head down there's no likelihood at all that he'd stay that way.

Also, you very well may be right about what you're feeling, and I don't mean to question your expertise about your own body and baby, but I was personally terrible at interpreting what I was feeling, and was all worried about breech around 32-34 weeks...turns out that was a big ol' round BUTT in my ribs, not a head at all! (There are ways to tell the difference based on movement when you push it, but I was never very good at it.)