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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I knew from the start my baby was going to be big (36 weeks preg right now)

Had my appointment and my ghanian doctor in his ghanian accent poked and prodded and ordered and ultrasound. My big baby, who was presenting very well in the head down position many weeks ago has turned around and the doctor is worried he's grown too much and may be too big to make the turn back down again.

Are there any home remedies I can do to get this kid to flip over? I do not want a scheduled c-section.

Maybe a sleep position... something to give him room to flip?
post #2 of 21
Scheduled C-sections are just fine. You don't go through labor. Jen, first baby, was a C-section because she never descended. She was 7 lbs 8 oz. When I was pregnant with Ben, they asked if I wanted a vback and I said what are you nuts? I had the C-section 1 week b/4 he was due. He was 8 lbs 13 oz. Since babies gain 1 lb a week during the last few weeks, he probably would have been close to 10 lbs. Love those C-sections.
post #3 of 21
Unfortunately not If he doesn't turn on his own, he will need to be born by C-Section. If it's scars you are concerned about, don't be. They make the incision in your pubic area so that the scar is usually covered by pubic hair and not noticeable.
post #4 of 21
http://www.icpa4kids.org/locator/index.php

Use this locator to find a nearby chiropractor who is certified todo the Webster technique. Also check out spinningbabies.com.


One more thing. Ultrasounds can be as much at 2 pounds off +/-. Good for you for wanting to avoid a C-section. I'll keep you in my prayers!
post #5 of 21
I don't think there's much you CAN do. The docs can try to turn the baby by pushing it, but everything else is just old wives tales.

A c section isn't that bad, I know it's not what you want, but it's a controlled environment, it's fast, and recovery is pretty quick. All that's important is that you get a healthy baby
post #6 of 21
A scheduled C-section is better than going into labor and having an Emergency C or having thirty hours of labor and THEN getting the emergency C... (just ask my coworker, she'd probably rant your ears off though. She wanted natural sooo bad, but it wasn't to be.)
post #7 of 21
Sorry but you cannot control how that baby decides to turn. Is his head in or out of the birth canal? As much as you don't want it, for your sake and the baby's it might be better to have that c-section. If he's too big to be born naturally, you don't want to risk complications do you?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by butzie View Post
he probably would have been close to 10 lbs. Love those C-sections.

My my brother's ex wife was pregnant with my youngest nephew she was HUGE!!! When she went to the hospital they thought she was going to have twins despite her telling them that there was only 1 baby according to all of the ultra sounds she had. Some of the nurses insisted that the only women they've seen that huge were ones that gave birth to twins. Then one of the nurses kept insisting the baby was breach, which he wasn't. It's a good thing that this was Bonnie's 3rd pregnancy. I'm sure a new mother would have been freaking out at the incompetence of the nurses in attendance.

Anyway, he was delivered naturally and weighed a whopping 10 pounds 11 1/2 ounces. He literally held his head up from birth.
post #9 of 21
With baby number 7 Ryan , I had whats called a "version " which is when they attempt to turn the baby inside of you.

I'm not going to lie it was painful .... they got the baby from a breech position to across me and then couldn't turn him any more.

Thats night I spent the night with my legs as far open as I could standing up leaning over a chair. The baby didn't like being across me and moved on his own at 38 weeks into the proper position.... this was painful too.

The up side was I got to have a vaginal delivery and no c-section.

There are risks with having a version and not many docs know or want to do it at least in my area.

It all worked out in the end Ryan was born healthy and will be 2 on the 12 of this month.

Big Momma hugs to you as you go through your birth process.
post #10 of 21
I haven't had kids of my own yet, but 24 years ago I was a c-section - I was 7 lbs 7 oz and breech, plus 2 days late (what a premonition! I'm a stubborn Aries still and usually fashionably late )

I doubt my mom tried any turning techniques and it wasn't a scheduled c-section actually (idk the situation behind why)... my mom became anemic and although contracting, wasn't dialating (haha I was a pain in the butt before day 1!)... she had no problems with the delivery itself or the recovery - you just can't drive for 2 weeks and have to spend like 3 days in the hospital.

Tonight actually we just visited a friend who had a scheduled c-section baby 3 weeks ago and she was very happy with it (she had her tubes tied at the same time... it was baby #4)... her baby was 9 pounds

My aunt's 4 kids were all scheduled (she only has 1 lung though, so she had to do that).

Just curious what your concerns are regarding the c-section? Is it just not experiencing the vaginal birth and the emotion that goes with it? Although I don't even have a man at the moment lol these are all things I consider from time to time because I do want to have a family some day and like to hear opinions and points of view.
post #11 of 21
There is definitely an emotional side to it. I got told I'd be having a c section early on due to my heart condition, and so many people (women...), would try to convince me that was not the way to have a baby and I should go natural without even finding out why. Or they'd say "why on earth would you want a c section". I got made to feel "less of a woman" by a number of people.

And you kind of do - I know I will never get to experience labour pains - future deliveries will be scheduled c sections, 4 weeks before the delivery date to make sure I don't go into early labour, and I am bummed that I will never feel that, never know what it's like to do something so natural. My health is more important, but I do get pangs of sadness when friends talk about their deliveries.
post #12 of 21
i've never been pregnant [& am never gonna be, either] but my sister's had 4 & my cousin 3. my sister's were all natural... my cousin's 1st & 3rd were, but her 2nd was c-section [the new low cut one]. she went 2 weeks past her due date w/o going into labor, so they scheduled a c-section. her baby was over 10 pounds by then! the new c-sections are cut differently from the old ones, so you can deliver vaginally afterwards should you choose to & it's healthy for you to do so.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
My concerns are not the scars... or that I want a "natural childbirth" I think it's because of the once a section, always a section (not always, but it's best to stick with them after having one)

I don't want everything to be sceduled. I don't want to have to pick the birthday, go to bed the night before knowing what is happening the next day. Showing up at the hospital etc... etc...

I guess what I want is to go in to labour, when I get to the hospital huffing and puffing screaming at the admitting nurse "I'm in labour!" if they look at things and say the baby is breech, it's going to have to be a section, that's fine. I'll get prepped and rushed away and have my baby.

I just don't want to go to my next appointment after the ultrasound and have my doctor say "It's going to be a section, here is the date"

The baby is not so big as he is long... very long, the doctor mumbles each week
post #14 of 21
My sister's friend's baby was turned upside down before she was born. What she did to turn her baby the right way was to put an ice pack on her stomach. Theoretically, the baby doesn't like the cold on it's head so it will turn the other direction. She was trying anything and everything to get her baby to turn so she could have natural childbirth without a C section and she succeeded. You might try it to see if it works.

My mom on the other hand had to have a c section with me. She said she had eaten a big meal and laid down in a recliner and leaned back and then felt me turn and said, "uh oh!" I was a big baby too at 8 pounds so she might be happy she had me by c section. Heh.
post #15 of 21
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My concerns are not the scars... or that I want a "natural childbirth" I think it's because of the once a section, always a section (not always, but it's best to stick with them after having one)
Not so. Maybe with the old method of C-Sections where they did the incision from the navel downward. But not with the pubic incision.

My cousin had 4 kids, the first was by C-Section. The other 3 were natural. Her C-Section was the result of a breech baby.
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
that putting ice the belly sounds like a great old wives tale home remedy.

I have the ultrasound on monday. The writing on the order for the ultrasound says "showing very high presentation" I don't know, I didn't ask, but this may mean that the baby is not necessarily completely breech, just is not descending enough to where a baby should be at 36 weeks.
post #17 of 21
My youngest son Deacon was a long baby too.
He was 23 1/2 inches They too thought I would have to have a C-Section but at the last minute he turned on his own

I'm sending lots of vibes for things to go the best way possible
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
the new c-sections are cut differently from the old ones, so you can deliver vaginally afterwards should you choose to & it's healthy for you to do so.
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Originally Posted by LorEye View Post
I think it's because of the once a section, always a section (not always, but it's best to stick with them after having one)
You're right LorEye - I think it's still a case by case basis. Many doctors still prefer to do c sections once you've had one - I believe it depends on what the situation was (emergency c section, health problems etc), how long ago the last c section was, the placement and length of the internal incisions and all that jazz. One complication is uterine rupture which is very serious. In these litigious days, a lot of OBs will advise against VBAC because of the risks. If you've had 2 c sections, then you definitely don't want to try for a VBAC.

I understand about missing out on the whole labour "experience", but it sounds as though you'll do what's best for you and your baby
post #19 of 21
I have 3 kids, and understand the wanting to do things in a hurry and in the excitement, but your baby is very high up yet so its could still possibily shift in position! Have I had been rich and famous I would have taken the c-section.... My sister in law healed 30 times faster than I did, she could sit down, and she didn't have "other" issues that happen down there after babies! Her baby was breach also, and she didn't want to do the vaginal birth after c-section but she had the choice! You can see her scar so thats not an issue, and normally they will plan the c-section for a week before the baby is due, I never made it anywheres near that mark, in fact, I never made it to where you are at now so go you! You must be doing something right! Congrats on having a baby, its an exciting time, after my first baby I thought oh I can do that again easy, my second wasn't quite so well and it was awful, getting pregnant again 3 months after he was born was scary to me, I bawled and cried and was petrified and asked to have a c-section, they wouldn't let me and in the end it didn't matter because he was born at 32 weeks weighing in a a whopping 4lbs and 17 inches long with an 11 inch head! You'll do fine no matter how you do it, and you can do it either way I just hope you are comfortable with it if it is a planned c-section! Enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy, it goes so fast and you will miss your table to put your plate on! I still miss that! Good luck girl!
post #20 of 21
High presentation just means that the baby is still up too high. I would say if it says that, there is still a little time. I have three children, and all my friends and sister in law have babies. I delivered naturally, and they had C Sections. If they can't get the baby out naturally, there is no option but to have a C. And, if they must do that.... it is just one of those things that you really cannot help. I myself will say that I loved having them naturally. Not because I "got to deliver naturally.. and I got to feel what labor feels like" because labor sucks! =o) First was drug free... 15 hours, and I begged for Kavorkian near the end... he also weighed 8 lbs 7oz. My second child was also drug free... and 6 hours, but he was induced. Keep in mind both of my first two were 2 weeks late. My third.. and LAST child was induced, a week early because of signs of Toxemia. I had an epidural, and I gotta tell ya... I don't know why I didn't have one for ALL of them. I felt nothing except the very end, and it was a 4 hour labor. She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz.

There are pros and cons for both, as you all know. I liked being able to hold and nurse my children directly after birth. And, I did not mind the "sore area". I was up and walking that night, with all three, and I will be honest with you, I had TONS of stitches, as I ripped with my second. I healed in no time.

Bottom line is, they will do what is best for YOUR baby. Good luck and keep us in the loop about how it all goes!
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by WhitePwny View Post
High presentation just means that the baby is still up too high. I would say if it says that, there is still a little time. I have three children, and all my friends and sister in law have babies. I delivered naturally, and they had C Sections. If they can't get the baby out naturally, there is no option but to have a C. And, if they must do that.... it is just one of those things that you really cannot help. I myself will say that I loved having them naturally. Not because I "got to deliver naturally.. and I got to feel what labor feels like" because labor sucks! =o) First was drug free... 15 hours, and I begged for Kavorkian near the end... he also weighed 8 lbs 7oz. My second child was also drug free... and 6 hours, but he was induced. Keep in mind both of my first two were 2 weeks late. My third.. and LAST child was induced, a week early because of signs of Toxemia. I had an epidural, and I gotta tell ya... I don't know why I didn't have one for ALL of them. I felt nothing except the very end, and it was a 4 hour labor. She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz.

There are pros and cons for both, as you all know. I liked being able to hold and nurse my children directly after birth. And, I did not mind the "sore area". I was up and walking that night, with all three, and I will be honest with you, I had TONS of stitches, as I ripped with my second. I healed in no time.

Bottom line is, they will do what is best for YOUR baby. Good luck and keep us in the loop about how it all goes!
You got that right. Background, my brother was breach birth. The doctors with the speculums scarred my Mom so that it was hard for her to get pregnant. They did not bother to tell her this until she finally got pregnant with me 9 years later. I should also say that Mom is 0- and Dad was O+.

Before Jen was born, the doctor told me that she was sunny side up and she hoped that our baby would turn. Jen didn't. My main, female, doctor was not on call that day and the male doctor on call kept yelling at me to try to harder because it was bad if I had a C-section. After having had to jump on those monkey bars I asked DH if the baby had hair. He said that you couldn't see the head. After 18 hours I said C-section.

The next day my female doctor came to examine me and said that Jen was stuck on my pelvic bone and I could never have had a vaginal birth.

When it came time for Ben to be born, I had a number of things on my mind. I weighed that facts that Jenny and my brother were in the wrong positions; my husband and I are positive and negative, and that Jen could not have been born vaginally. Do you know what made DH and I decide for planned C-section? It was because Ben was due,12/26 and my female doctor would be not be on call and who would be?

It is not just about doing the natural thing. The major cause of death for women for years was childbirth. Do what is right for both you and the baby. And don't let anyone question your decision because in the end you will know you did the right thing and your baby will too.
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