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#1 Old 01-04-2011, 03:34 PM
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I'm 31 weeks and my baby is still breech. Should I be worried or is it common for babies to be breech this late in the game?
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#2 Old 01-04-2011, 03:40 PM
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I wouldn't worry at this point. He'll probably turn around soon. Have you searched around on some pregnancy websites?
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Not yet. That's my next step!!
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Should still have wiggle room in there, I reckon. There are different positions and things you can do that encourage a baby to flip head down. Maybe you could consult with a midwife or doula about some natural exercises that will help the baby turn if you haven't done so yet.

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Should still have wiggle room in there, I reckon. There are different positions and things you can do that encourage a baby to flip head down. Maybe you could consult with a midwife or doula about some natural exercises that will help the baby turn if you haven't done so yet.

*AHISMA* is a doula, and i went through doula training, and indeed, there are things you can do to flip him, or a doula/midwife can indeed flip him. but there is still time for him to turn on his own.

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Stand on your head?

Aww, I can see poor pregnant Nickle00 trying to do headstands now.
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I think its time to be worried when your doc says so.

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From what I've heard from other moms' experiences, you have plenty of time for the baby to turn...and congratulations!

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I second the congratulations!! When is your due date? (I don't know what 31 weeks along means haha)
Aww you have to post pics when the little one arrives
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I *think* she posted elsewhere that her due date is March 2nd.

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I *think* she posted elsewhere that her due date is March 2nd.

Full term is 40 weeks...I'm 31. 9 more to go!! Woot!
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Others have mentioned, but yes lots of time to turn! Even if he is breech, you can still most likely deliver vaginally if you have a skilled assistant. There's a couple of special moves a doctor/midwife, etc. can use to protect the baby's head. Are you planning a hospital birth or a home birth?

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Hospital. I toyed with the idea of a home birth but my husband is a SUPER nervous nellie!! He's probably going to have a panic
attack in the hospital....I cannot even IMAGINE how rough it'd be on him if it was at home.
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This thread reminds me of my mom. She was born two months early and breached. At the time (1945), it was considered a minor miracle that she survived.

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You still have time! I was pregnant with twins and one was breech, one was not. The one that was breech flipped around to head first position, and then went breach again, so she was all over the place. Hopefully your baby turns head down and stays that way!
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*AHISMA* is a doula, and i went through doula training, and indeed, there are things you can do to flip him, or a doula/midwife can indeed flip him. but there is still time for him to turn on his own.

They are called "version." There is external version, internal version, and methods that combine both at once. MD's tend to be less practiced in these old time methods and are likely to resort to surgical delivery, which is a more sure thing, much safer today than when ancient version techniques were developed, but definitly more invasive.

You might want to look for a very experienced midwife who has learned what works, and what doesn't, the hard way. You may be able to avoid a surgical delivery this way. There are older books with info on version. It is going out of style, but it often works. It can be time-consuming, challenging, and iffy. But it can often work.
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Can someone tell me what's the difference?

between a midwife and a doula?

it varies from country to country (and probably state to state too), but generally speaking a midwife is a medical specialist who is qualified and certified at the same sort of level as (if not higher than) a registered nurse. they can perform medical procedures- eg: check foetal heart rate, give a vaginal exam (and do much much more). in the Uk she's autonomous and can support a woman right through pregnancy, birth, and post-partum stuff- but will refer them to a doctor if there are complications/special circumstances outside of her area of specialism (like if a c-section is required, its a high risk pregancy with complications) etc.

a doula can be trained and very well qualified, however there is no requirement for him/her to have had training legally (there is no legal definition for a doula), and he/she doesn't offer medical support, and isn't a medical professional - but instead focuses on emotional, physical, practical, informational sorts of things like massage, encouragement, listening, moral support and generally being there in a positive, constructive manner for the mum (and dad and family -if applicable) to be, etc. she's more of a wise woman, cheerleader, helper, and patient advocate rolled into one.
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as long as the cord does not get wrapped up around the babies head, no problem.
Worse thing that could happen other than that is that you have a C-Section instead of the agonizing natural birth that will make you cuss out your husband for hours on end.
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I'm 31 weeks and my baby is still breech. Should I be worried or is it common for babies to be breech this late in the game?

Both of mine flipped back and forth all the way through my pregnancies. I think my youngest was still breech 2 weeks before I had her! She also didn't bother to engage into my pelvis until about 3 hours before I pushed her out. I guess she had other plans. I hope this eases your fears some!

One thing I did do (which probably didn't do a darn thing, but I was told it helped) was to get on my knees and place my forehead on the floor and my butt in the air. Kind of like the child pose but with my stomach off my legs, and my butt in the air. If anything, you can amuse the people around you!
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as long as the cord does not get wrapped up around the babies head, no problem.
Worse thing that could happen other than that is that you have a C-Section instead of the agonizing natural birth that will make you cuss out your husband for hours on end.

Vaginal birth doesn't have to be agonizing. How would you know, anyway? Ah, mansplainers.

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Vaginal birth doesn't have to be agonizing. How would you know, anyway? Ah, mansplainers.

Oh goodness! I'd much rather have a natural vaginal birth than a C-section ANYDAY!
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as long as the cord does not get wrapped up around the babies head, no problem.
Worse thing that could happen other than that is that you have a C-Section instead of the agonizing natural birth that will make you cuss out your husband for hours on end.

Yeah, no. My daughter was delivered vaginally with her cord wrapped around her shoulders, neck and abdomen. She was fit as a fiddle. The doc just had to flip her around a few times to untangle her and she was golden. I also had a natural un-medicated birth and managed to not curse my husband out at all. In fact, I think I told him I loved him about every five minutes.

Everyone has a different birth experience and not a single one is wrong. I think we should leave it up the original poster to let us know how her birth experience was after she has the baby, instead of pretending false birthing stereotypes we see in Judd Apatow movies is advice.
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Vaginal birth doesn't have to be agonizing. How would you know, anyway? Ah, mansplainers.

Well, Ive been in the room for a few.
Seems however, that even though you claim to be female, you havent given birth yet, so basically, You wouldnt have a clue either, and chances are, you havent even been in the room during a birth, so You might even have less of a clue than I do.
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As for the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck, they can be born just fine, but things can also go horribly, terribly wrong. What happens is of course between the woman and her partner, but I don't think worrying about the cord being around the baby's neck is being overanxious at all.

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Well, Ive been in the room for a few.
Seems however, that even though you claim to be female, you havent given birth yet, so basically, You wouldnt have a clue either, and chances are, you havent even been in the room during a birth, so You might even have less of a clue than I do.
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Even women who haven't given birth yet would have more of a clue since contractions feel a lot like severe menstrual pains (since both are the uterine walls contracting). As for the baby passing through the birth canal and opening, that area tends to be so stretched out by the time the baby comes through, that the area is numbed, so you don't really feel it. I actually was talking on the phone and not flinching at all when the doctor was stitching up my episiotomy. I couldn't feel a thing.

Sure, childbirth can be painful, but recovery from a C-Section is a lot longer.
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yeah, not wishing to turn this into the 'how much it hurts/doesn't hurt to have a small person come out of your ladybits' discussion- cos i bet thats the last thing the OP wants to read about now, but my mother has always rolled her eyes at the drama whenever someone has been dramatised or filmed having a baby on tv- she said it really wasn't that bad at all for her... she wouldn't do it every day for fun or anything, but the screaming was completely over the top compared to her experience- she had both me and my brother (seperately) in under 3 hours start to finish, no epidural or stuff like that, no screaming, and was pottering about just fine within a few days- and she's only a teeny tiny lady and we were big solid babies (i was about a month late, too! ).

a close friend of mine clearly didn't have the same experience going from how she tells it, but you know what? she, along with many many other women did go on to have additional children, by choice, and deliver vaginally, by choice, so it must be tollerable as far as temporary discomfort or pain goes ......otherwise they'd never uncross their legs again and would electrify the crotch of their knickers just incase someone got too close.

and melanie has a point. i take decently strong painkillers for my monthly fun, if i can hack that for lets see now... works out to about 750 days of cramps so far.... yeah. and i don't even get a little cuddly cute reward after my 3 days of crippling mangled gut-regions- at least with labour there is an incentive....
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I didn't have an epidural either and I was in labour for 14 hours. But I never screamed or yelled. I was more exhausted than in pain to be honest.

Anyway, I hope we're not scaring the OP.

Everything will be fine Nic.
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Well, Ive been in the room for a few.
Seems however, that even though you claim to be female, you havent given birth yet, so basically, You wouldnt have a clue either, and chances are, you havent even been in the room during a birth, so You might even have less of a clue than I do.
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I've been in the room during a birth before, saw my nephew being born (I didn't miss a thing) in a birthing center, standing 2 feet from the edge of the bed. Your experience with birth isn't true across the board. I would rather give birth naturally than have a C-section (major surgery). It comes down to what's best for baby. My sister had a wonderful birthing experience, even with her cheating husband in the room (Baby #4).


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