hi im 39 weeks and have found out that my baby is back to back what does that mean?

Jolena - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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hi my midwife told me that my baby is back to back and dunno what that means please help me out as it sounds really scary

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Erin - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi. My baby boy was back to back right up until the last few days before he was born. There are a few things you can do to try and get bubs to turn before the big day.

Get on your hands and knees and rock/sway. Do this for 10mins morning and night. Also get a cold pack and put across your back while doing this. The cold will make bub want to move away from the cold area.

Sit up straight with a pillow behind your back. Push your bum right back. Don't lounge around because that causes bub to be in that position.

Try do this and hopefully bub will turn for you.

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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I dont want to worry u but my partner was like that in his mothers tummy and he has a scar on his back from birth.. its like the size of your palm and u can see the veins through it.. its sorta like the skin didnt develop properly.. just something u may want to talk to your doctor about.. it dosent affect him in any way at all..

Anna - posted on 12/21/2009

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Baby can still move into a better position once he or she is ready to be born so try not to worry about it.

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Nikki - posted on 12/21/2009

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I was the same at 37 weeks and my midwife told me to get on my hands and knees to try and get bub to move, so every chance I got I was on the floor or laying over a yoga ball, as I had heard it was uch more painful than the right way up. Apparently lots more women have back to back births due to our layed back lifestyle, in the olden days women were on their hands and knees scrubbing floors etc and nowdays we sit back in chairs for long periods and this causes the baby to roll backwards. Luckily my baby did turn, if your baby doesnt turn and it is too painful you could always go for an epidural which I have heard is fantastic for back to back births, actually I have to sayI think they are fantastic full stop! I loved mine, I wanted to kiss the doctor once the pain went away! Good luck with it all

Tuia - posted on 12/21/2009

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I found that being back to back was a good thing for me. During labour, the majourity of my contractions were back pain and I just got my mum and boyfriend to massage my back when i had a contraction. For myself, the contractions that I had in the front were ten times more painful then my back pain. I would choose the back to back position over any other, personally. good luck with everything. (: ps. I live in Australia, so I don't know what the birthing suites are anywhere else, but here we have baths and showers, and when i was in the bath or with the shower head, i had pretty much no pain. and that was without any sort of pain relief.

Andra - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi i had my first little girl in the same position i was given some advice b4 i went into labour and that was to stay as active as possible whilst in labour keep walking as long as u can which i did and the mid wife also told me with each contraction to squat and rol my hips from side to side which helps the baby move down.. i had no problems with her but i did have pethadine bout 20 - 30 minutes b4 she was born... my little boy was the same and i did all they told me to try and get him to turn im still not sure if he had or not at birth but i know that the labour with him was alot worse than my other 2 children alot of lower back pain... but he was also alot bigger than my 2 girls.. the only time i was even remotely comfortable was on my hands and knees but in the end my knees gave out and i had to b on my back it was awful.. with the girls i was on my hands and knees the whole time just rolled ova to deliver the first and delivered the second on my hands and knees and it was much easier that way... so my advice would b dont panic just when its all happening for u try and find the most comfortable position for u and also i only had gas with my last 2 it was ok but i wanted pethadine for the last one but it was to late so if ur thinking of having pethadine make sure u get in early... and make sure u concentrate on what ur midwives say its hard but try to remember they have seen so many different births there advice is worth listening to.. good luck with it all and i wish u a safe and hopefully not to bad labour and birth xo

Renae - posted on 12/21/2009

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Everyone else is right. Baby normally faces the back, so babies spine would be against your tummy. Your baby faces the front with its back against your back. Make sense?

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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Our daughter was back to back (the back pain was horrible towards the end) and I had a semi back labour....she turned as she was coming out, my labour was 12 hours from the time my waters broke (spontaniously at 36.5 weeks) to when our daughter was born. I had an epidural about 2 hours into my labour because the contractions really hurt and they were quite close, while the epidural slowed my labour I thoughly enjoyed it and so did my husband we were both relaxed, took three pushes to get her out, so she turn quickly.

Ellen - posted on 12/21/2009

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I just had my first baby. She was back to back. I had back labor. I dont have anything to compare it to. My lower back did bother me a lot. My s/o rubbed my lower back while I was in labor and it did help. I had heard that epidurals slow labor so I waited as long as possible to receive mine. I waited until I was7 cm dilated. Labor did slow down but the epidural was worth it.

Helen - posted on 12/21/2009

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WQonder why she didn't tell you what it meant. Means babyz back is in line with your back. Can make labour more difficult. Try sitting forward more often so baby comes to the front. Good luck.

Natalie - posted on 12/21/2009

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It means you might need a bit of help with your babys delivery your midwife will explain to you everything u need to know, you might be able to get an epidural good luck. x

Kathleen - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had the same thing with all four of my girls. It creates more pressure against your spine during birth. Go prepared, I used soft plastic bottles filled with water and frozen to rub against my lower back during labor. You can also use tennis balls to counter act the pressure. Ask your midwife about other ways like positions to use that may help.

Joanne - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hello yes the babies spine is against yours which can make labour a bit more uncomfortable. I have had 3 babies and they have all been back to back, some midwifes also call it sunny side up as the babies come out looking upwards. good luck x

Joanne - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi-

I had my daughter 8 months ago and she was 'back to back'.

She is my only child so I have nothing to compare it to - but it was very painful.

It felt like she was coming out of my back - but the midwifes were excellent - they helped with trying to turn her during the delivery. I managed without any pain relief or gas and air so it can be done...

Once the delivery is over you will not remember it all anyway - as you will have your precious litttle baby in your arms!

But babies constantly change their positions so I wouldn't get worried about it.

Hope all goes well.

Sharon - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi I know this wont help but here goes..... I had my first child delivered this way and all was fine & he was a big baby weiging in at 9llbs spot on...sorry but they say it is supposed to be more painful but as it was my first I wouldnt hav known any different...all I had to deliver my son was gas & air an plentttyyyy of it...if your midwife has any worries or ure scared ask if u can be induced a little bit earlier at 41wks...hope all goes well and good luck...

Tara - posted on 12/21/2009

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Your Bub Has Her Spine On Yours .. Dont Want To Scare You But It Can Be More Painful :( Good Luck!!

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