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Successful Breech Attempts?

Hello Everyone,

After searching the board, it is nice to know I am not the only one headed towards a planned C due to breech positioning. 

I have had a relatively easy pregnancy - no sickness and still not even the slightest discomfort!

I am 37 weeks today and went in for an ECV this morning which was unsuccessful for the simple fact that her butt is wedged down by my pelvis. It was so easy to move her upper body, and I truly believe she would get head down if she could just get unstuck! It's not the turning I'm worried about, it's getting her up and out of that area. 

I plan to keep elevating my hips over the next two weeks to help her along but was looking to hear from those that have had success in flipping their breechers! I know the outcome is healthy no matter what, but I'm not ready to give up, and she still has the room to move!
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  • Check out spinning babies website. Also see if there is someone/a hospital that would attempt a breech delivery (usually they only do it after you have had a first baby but it's worth looking into if that's what you decide you might want)
    kapowfalPinkLady2015whataboutscience
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    Thank you @Puddles03! Sorry @Backbypopulardemand and @HenchBytch ! I'm just trying to figure out how to get her butt up and out of my pelvis  :/
  • This thread is my exact situation. Although I'm starting to get to the point where I'm like, if she flips, she flips. If I have to have surgery, then that's fine, too. Your experience with your ECV just reaffirms my decision to not even bother with it. That being said, I will probably still stick with the inversion exercises on spinning babies. I borrowed my FILs inversion table which makes it a lot easier and I have been icing my fundus (that sounds so creepy) which I can tell LO has moved down and away from the cold, but I have no idea how she's laying now.

    It's frustrating because you're told not to worry about position until after 36 weeks, but then when you want to do something about it, you should have started a few weeks ago for best results! So again, I'm just going with the flow and letting baby do what she wants for now. 

    You might also look into a chiropractor who is certified at the Webster Technique, though I think you need to do that a few times before it is successful. I think I would have benefited a lot from that because I have a 'tilted sacrum' and the Webster Technique addresses that.

    Hopefully something in my horribly winded reply helps you out!
    Puddles03kapowfalPinkLady2015
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    THANK YOU @brandiK I'm so happy to have found someone going through what I am. I plan on incorporating the inversion table starting tomorrow. You are so right about shrugging off position until 36 weeks. It's frustrating to know the baby is healthy just stuck. You're right...at this point it's if it happens than great - if not there's nothing I can do. Please keep me updated with your progress. 
  • Um, elevating your hips would be the opposite way you want gravity to work...

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  • Um, elevating your hips would be the opposite way you want gravity to work...
    Actually no, you want your hips above your heart, that way baby can dislodge it's butt from your pelvis and flip.
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  • @BBROBB our baby girl is Breech too. We will be 36 weeks on Wed and we found out via an Ultasound last Monday. We have been doing everything we can! Accupuncture, chiropractic work, and spinning babies website has a ton of helpful info on positions you can do to help encourage baby to flip head down. I also downloaded the Hypnobabies track that encourages baby to flip (I listen to it every day)

    After research we decided not to do an ECV so we are hoping she turns soon! We have another ultrasound Thurs so we will know more then. We have a c sec scheduled for July 6th but we were planning a home birth and are interviewing a OB who does home births for vaginal breech since hospitals won't do it in our area. Keep me posted!
    BBROBB
  • Ive also read that you don't want to be in a reclining position so if youre sitting you want to be leaning forward... and I second the spinning babies website... has a lot of good information.
    thepen15ismightykapowfal
  • I am interested in the pros and cons of an ECV from more of a scientific view point if anyone has some good links they'd like to share.  I've been doing some research on my own but haven't seen too many negative things as long as you are a good candidate for it.  I know the success rate is only around 50%. Although I like hearing personal accounts of ECV's from other Mom's to be, I really want to base my decision on having after weighing the risks/benefits for me personally.
    whataboutscience
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    @BBROBB I already posted about my breech situation in the "S#!t just got real" thread but my baby is also butt down but I have definitely been feeling discomfort! I had thought for sure she was head down due to all the pressure and groin pain I've been feeling but that turned out not to be the case. So if you've had no discomfort from that, than my baby must just be really down in there! I have a C-section scheduled for July 1st but my OB said they'll do one last ultrasound before the procedure to check her position, just in case she did decide to turn.
  • @MollyH1987 I've definitely had discomfort. It's nice not having feet kicking me in the ribs constantly, but instead I get the kicks to the cervix which can knock the breath out of me at times. 

    And yes, it seems counterintuitive but you want your hips elevated so you can get the baby "unstuck" from the pelvis, giving them room to flip and go head down. I think that's where the ice helps too, they want to move away from it and towards something warm. So adding light heat near your pelvis sometimes coaxes them that direction if they're able to move. Inversion also helps stretch the round ligaments from what I've been reading, which gives the bottom of your uterus a little more wiggle room. 
    MollyH1987Puddles03
  • My son was breech, and my doctor said to do the complete opposite but thanks random internet person with your medical advice.

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  • @thepen15ismighty I'm trying anything at this point and not putting a lot of weight into hoping this works. I've been right side up this whole time and she hasn't flipped so I guess this can't hurt lol. 
    thepen15ismighty
  • brandiK said:
    @thepen15ismighty I'm trying anything at this point and not putting a lot of weight into hoping this works. I've been right side up this whole time and she hasn't flipped so I guess this can't hurt lol. 
    I was 36 weeks when he flipped, while I was sleeping. snoot response was not directed towards you ;). Is your doctor acting like it's an issue because until they do I wouldn't stress about yet. 

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  • @thepen15ismighty Oh, no worries! I'm 37 weeks today so I mean it could always still happen but she's literally been comfortable with the same position this whole time. My OB did a cervical check Friday and confirmed feet were down first, then we did an ultrasound to make sure and to check fluid levels IF I were to decide to do an ECV. I think at this point we are all just waiting to see what happens but I'll probably get scheduled for a c-section in the meantime just in case. Otherwise, I'm just doing like you mentioned and trying not to worry about it too much. 
    thepen15ismightysimplymizzj
  • @brandiK I know someone that did the EVC and everything turned out ok and she had a really quick labor and went to 39-40 weeks. I know my son might be facing head down but he's also face up so he needs to still do some turning. I was told sit up straight and do lunges and walking helps. 

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  • Anyone have a baby in transverse position? This baby girl has been in that position for quite a while now and will not budge, no matter what I try. think I'm probably going to be headed for a csection as well, which I'm hoping to avoid...not that there's anything wrong with it, just personal preference.

    @hreed7289 I've been trying to read up on the pros/cons of an ECV also - from what I've read, if successful, we get to avoid a csection but getting it done sounds really painful and at the same time, might cause the baby distress which may result in an emergency csection anyway soooo...I think I'd rather skip that altogether, schedule the csection and hope that she turns right before the surgery.
    whataboutscienceKASGkapowfal
  • @simplymizzj your plan sounds a lot like mine. Plus I wasn't even sure if the ECV was covered by my insurance. In our area, there are 6 specialists that are able to do it. I can only imagine that price tag. So I'll just take it a day at a time! It would be nice to know what day to expect the arrival of my spawn, so I guess there's pros and cons of both delivery methods either way. I'm still freaking out that I may only have a couple of weeks left!
    simplymizzj
  • @brandiK oh good point! Didn't even think about whether or not it would be covered by insurance. I automatically just assumed anything pregnancy related would be covered, ha!

    Yeah, at this point, not much we can do but to wait it out and see what's in store for us. In the end, as long as we deliver happy, healthy babies, that's all that really matters.
    brandiK
  • @simplymizzj I would assume it would be covered in a lot of places, especially if your own OB does it. But I just heard 'specialist' and figured it would be an additional cost. If the success rates were better and there were less risks, and I knew she'd stay flipped if she made it around, then I'd look into it more. But as of right now, I'm fine just winging it!
    simplymizzj
  • My son was breech, and my doctor said to do the complete opposite but thanks random internet person with your medical advice.
    Ya no problem! Because I know you were talking to me
  • Puddles03 said:
    My son was breech, and my doctor said to do the complete opposite but thanks random internet person with your medical advice.
    Ya no problem! Because I know you were talking to me


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  • Ladies it won't be an emergency c-section, just a c-section. 1% chance of that happening. Please don't stress yourselves out. 
    I was going to say, true emergency c-sections are SO rare! Like cord prolapse and crazy shit like that. 
    thepen15ismightymsuzannahBostonBaby1
  • Ladies it won't be an emergency c-section, just a c-section. 1% chance of that happening. Please don't stress yourselves out. 
    Yep. Yes it 'could' happen. But so can be struck by lighting. 


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  • 33+4 today and baby has decided frank breech is awesome. Needless to say, spinning babies has been book-marked, and I'm searching for a chiro. Had an appt today, and the ultrasound tech said there is plenty of fluid so baby should still be able to flip. My Dr said not to worry until around 36 weeks, so I've got time to get some uterine gymnastics going! Come on little one!... Channel your mother's former gymnastics skills!
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    Just had my first Webster Technique with the chiro today who said I was definitely twisted and tight in the pelvis! I will continue with this...she has had a 90% success rate, so fingers crossed! @travelmunkie what did it feel like when your baby flipped?!
    allthingscozyLDSJM123
  • Shit like this happens! Haven't you watched Netflix?! It happens enough that there is a 2nd one!
    HenchBytchNerdchildthepen15ismightyrandishane011804
  • @BBROBB when my daughter flipped last time it was quick but very noticeable, it felt like a super stretch and I could see her move. (She flipped at about 36 weeks) keep up with the Chiro and all the suggestions on spinning babies. Downward facing dog in my prenatal really helped keep her butt from lodging in my pelvis too. Good luck.
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