27 weeks pregnant and discovered a breech baby

Baljeet - posted on 05/14/2012 ( 64 moms have responded )

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hii frnds i m 27 weeks pregnant and last saturday had a scan and discovered my breech baby... just want to know if with some exercise may baby girl will flip her head down... i have a normal delivery of my son 4 years back.,. so dont want a c- sec this time plzz share ur experience and suggestion .. i m really worried..

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Rachelle - posted on 05/14/2012

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I have two children a boy and a girl they were both breech babies my son turned two days before I delivered him and my daughter turned three weeks before delivery so you have plenty of time. Don't stress they usually will turn on there own but sitting Indian style and squats were what I was told to do!

Callie - posted on 05/14/2012

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Start seeing a chiropractor that is certified in the Webster technique. They will be able to help. And doing some of the exercises on spinning babies will help too. I would also switch to a midwife instead of an OB. Most OBs are quick to jump to c-section without trying to get baby to turn and most don't do breech deliveries. In fact in the US they don't teach breech delivery any more.

Celeste - posted on 05/14/2012

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Check out the website spinningbabies.com they have different things to try. Also seeing a chiropractor that has experience with pregnancy can help. It is possible to deliver a breech baby vaginally. The best breech position is butt first but it is possible to deliver a footling breech (a bit more risky but it CAN be done). Also switching to a midwife if you are currently with an OB is an option as they are more likely to help assist you in a vaginal delivery rather than automatically rush for a cesarean. Like others have already said, you still have planty of time for baby to turn :)

Louise - posted on 05/14/2012

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Have they tried to turn the baby yet? They will give it a go so dont automatically think that you are going to have a c section. There is a window for your baby to still move up until about 32 weeks. Some babies can be manipulated into the right place even after this date. Dont worry for now, just try to relax and see what happends.

Lisa - posted on 05/16/2012

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Hi there I had a doula to help with my labour and she taught me a trick to help prevent breech babies....u need to "hang" ur baby an hour a day...ie, if u have a taller bed, stand beside it and bend over and rest ur forearms on the bed...so your body is at a 90 degree angle and ur belly is "hanging" this also works if u have a big arm chair....kneel on the chair and rest ur arms on the side.....hope this makes sense :) my doula said of all the births she has assisted on shes never ha a breech baby if people do this....good luck!!! Ps u are still early baby will flip!!!

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Julie - posted on 05/17/2012

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Have you OB turn her - it can be done... if not find one who will do it - keep calling till you find one!

Sara - posted on 05/17/2012

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Don't worry!! Most babies will turn before then and can do upto about 37 weeks - my friends baby turned at 37 weeks and was then a normal delivery. There are exercises as others have said so I would try those. Also reflexology can help. My son was breech all the way through my pregnancy, in fact he didn't move around much at all, He was slightly premature due to other complications but as he was tiny I tried a breech vaginal delivery with him but he wouldn't move so I ended up having a c section. It all went well and was actually a much better expereince than i thought it would be and he is now a healthy 4 yr old. I now have a baby girl who was delivered vaginally. I hope all works out for you.

Beth - posted on 05/17/2012

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both my babies were breach and they turned. They were so big that I did have csections but it doesn't sound like this is an issue with your child??

Katrina - posted on 05/16/2012

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My third child thought sideways was the most comfortable way to lie most of the third trimester. She was also breach and would occasionally go head down. The midwife said it isn't a concern until you are at 36 weeks when it could be harder for them to turn. In my case if she was still not head down by 36 weeks they were going to have to refer me outside the birth center because they are not allowed to treat you if you have this complication.
I was refered to a web site called Spinning Babies http://spinningbabies.com/. I did the exercises as often as needed, every time she'd flip sideways. I had multiple ultrasounds to keep and eye on her. She had plenty of room to move and she used it.
She finally went head down and stayed that way by the 36 week mark and I went on to deliver vaginally with no complications and unmedicated at the birth center as planned.
27 weeks is plenty of time to move head down in.
All the best!

Kimberly - posted on 05/16/2012

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My last daughter was breech and I put a bag of ice(real ice, not an ice pack) on her head and she turned! Don't leave it on a long time, about 15-20 minutes at a time so you won't get frostbite on your skin. Worked great except she flipped back at the last minute and the hospital ice packs didn't make her turn and I did take the c-section, which I regret- painful! You have lots of time, though- don't stress.

Yvonne - posted on 05/16/2012

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My daughter was breech as well and I vividly remember the FLIP she did to turn right side down? I think I was about 32 weeks or so when she flipped. It was an odd feeling, but im so glad she did :) I would hang in there and see how it goes. You might also have a little gymnist in the making. Good luck :)

Wendy - posted on 05/16/2012

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i did not know my son was breech untill i was about to give birth he was my fifth child and he was delivered safely by the midwife.

Cynthia - posted on 05/16/2012

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I agree with the last two -- I found out my daughter was breech in the last week and had a c-section. It's not that bad.

Michelle - posted on 05/16/2012

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isnt the baby moving? i mean with my first especially he was constantly flipping around...i had an ultrasound done probably 3 weeks before i delivered so that would have been @ about 39 weeks since my first was 2 1/2 wks late...the baby was in breech position and ready by delivery time...each ultrasound showed both my children in totally different positions due to constant movement so is it really an issue at this early stage? My experience is no ...i am sure there are plenty with a different experience...do we really have control? welp at least you know there was at least one person it didnt matter to the experience...good luck to you and your growing family ♥ mamaC

Cheryl - posted on 05/16/2012

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Well had a car crash when I was 27wks my daughter was breech for a wk or so. But turned around in a wk or two. Just think ur worried over nothin. My daughter
Was born with slight hip displacia, she wore 2 nappies everyday for 2 mbths she's fine!! So don't be worried! Ur still have over 10 wks for ur lil girl to turn.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/16/2012

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Both of my babies were breech in their scans. My first flipped but not until I was in labour! Crazy. The second one didn't and I had a c-section with her. Honestly, the c-section was fine. It was scheduled and pretty simple and my recovery was better than with my natural delivery. Just don't get yourself too worried! Here we do have the option of a natural breech delivery with a midwife and the seasoned obstetrician, but I opted out because I have a bicornuate uterus so there were some unknown factors in her position.

I didnt do the exercises with the first and I did them with the second! I tried everything with her. I still think its worth trying because many women do have success with turning their babies.

Renita - posted on 05/16/2012

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If the baby don't turn on it's own get a c section id not what best for u it's what best for the baby and also don't let them force u have him while he is breech or turn him during delivery

Sharon - posted on 05/16/2012

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Don't worry there is still plenty of time for your baby to turn. A section is not the end of the world I had sections on my 3 my first was +10 days and inducing didn't work plus he was 10lb8!!! My second they thought would be bigger and he was only 7lb 13 and I didn't have an option on my 3rd but he was 9lb14 so there wasn't much hope of him arriving any other way. (im quite small)I know some mothers have had issues bonding with their children after a section but I didn't have any problems like that. As everyone else has said you still have entry if time for your little one to turn so try not to stress about it. I hope everything goes well for you and that you have the delivery you want and above all a healthy child.

Kristina - posted on 05/15/2012

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You shouldn't worry about it being breech right now. It is still little and has lots of room to move so they will be all over the place. When you get to about 36 wks and baby is still breech then you can start talking to your Doctor about your concerns. But they can always still turn on their own afterward. Don't stress out about this right now.

Rachel - posted on 05/15/2012

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At 27 weeks, you still have a ways to go. Babies move around a lot, many of them turn this way, or that, right up until your due date. I would also suggest getting regular adjustments from a Webster certified chiropractor. When you get closer to your due date, and want to see if the baby will shift positions, you can also use peppermint essential oil, as well as other essential oils along the way to help you with the pregnancy issues. The best essential oils I've found are doTERRA. I would say, though, don't worry! There is still plenty of time until you will need to really think about turning the baby! :-)

Carol - posted on 05/15/2012

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I had a cesarean for my first baby, who was breech--it was totally unnecessary. While pregnant with my second, I learned about the breech tilt position in time to turn him at 7 months and he stayed head down. I had a VBAC. Third baby flipped around all the time, so I did a lot of pelvic rocking on my hands and knees to encourage him into the right position. He was head down a couple of weeks before delivery. Fourth baby, my biggest, was breech right near her due date. Again I used the breech tilt and she turned right away. You can do the breech tilt 2 ways--use sofa cushions under your hips as you lie on your back on the floor, so that hips are about a foot higher than your head. Or put the small end of the ironing board on the couch and lie on it on your back, head down. Do it 10 minutes twice a day on an empty stomach till the baby turns. I did it both ways, but only had to do it once for each baby and it turned within an hour or less and stayed head down. Just make sure the baby is actually breech when you do this! May God bless you and your pregnancy. By the way, midwives are much more in tune with natural methods than MDs. I got a lot of help from midwives.

Janine - posted on 05/15/2012

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I had my 1st 2 natural and my son was a c...hopefully baby number 4 is still head down. Ki tried eve4rything to get him to turn but it was too late. If you are only 7-8 months along yoga does work. My friend just did 2 sessions and the baby turned. But if you are too far along most will not turn. Good luck and a c is not so bad. Less down time and you are back to normal quicker. Good luck.

Daniell - posted on 05/15/2012

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my child was head down the whole time. flipped upside down a week before he was born, and flipped back around right before birth. I wouldn't worry now, they seem to move around so much. But it is something to monitor the closer you get to the due date.

Lora - posted on 05/15/2012

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My 3rd child was breech until the day before he was delivered! You have time so sit back and relax. Enjoy your pregnancy! Good luck! If you are still concerned, talk to your doctor and he'll let you know if he's concerned.

Jessica - posted on 05/15/2012

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No worries!!! Baby has lots of time to turn yet! My baby was breech at 34 weeks nd had turned himself by 36. Also you health care provider could do a version to turn the baby from the outside. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 05/15/2012

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I helped flip my son over with a bag of frozen peas. I just layed it over the top of my belly, he started moving away from the cold and just flipped right over. I was in my 31 week of pregnancy. :-)

Carin - posted on 05/15/2012

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At 32 weeks I was told by my midwife that my son was still breech, and he had shoved his foot down where it didn't belong. So she pushed his foot back up, and had me do several exercises to try and get him to move. She also told me about a chiropractor that could do some adjustments that might help and an OB who would do a very painful procedure to get the baby to move. However, my son finally moved head down at about 35 weeks.

Debra - posted on 05/15/2012

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You might not have to worry about it, the baby can turn around on her own. My son (12/5/11) was head down until about 32 weeks, then went breech. This was hard because I had a c-sec with my 2nd and didn't want to repeat it. He turned the next visit, back to head down. Did this up until delivery, which in my case because of the prev c-sec, we did that again. But babies can turn on their own, I have heard that if they have to turn the baby it can be quite painful...

Sally - posted on 05/15/2012

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You really don't need to worry about this for at least 10 more weeks. She's still quite at the acrobatic can be in any position she wants to stage.

Connie - posted on 05/15/2012

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The nurse who did our childbirth classes said that if you sit leaning forward all the time, the baby should naturally move into the correct position as the head is the heaviest and the spine is the next heaviest. She said that if you are in this position most of the time, no one should ever have a breech birth. By leaning forward, gravity will pull the head down and the back forward. She also suggest that you sit on an exercise ball, as this helps spread your pelvis for an easier delivery. If you think about it, in the past, women were always bent over doing chores. Today we sit back on our desk chairs and couches and are seldom in the proper position for the baby to turn. I would sit on my exercise ball at work and lean forward, and at home I would sit on it and lean forward with my arms resting on the couch arm or a chair back. Just my opinion, but I think one of the reasons there are so many C-sections is that women are seldom in the correct position to get their babies positioned and lowered properly anymore. We just don't bend and squat all day weeding, harvesting, doing laundry by hand, kneading bread, etc. Our bodies were designed to work, even pregnant, and we spend so much time just sitting back now.

Becky - posted on 05/15/2012

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There is no need to worry, my daughter was delivered beech and everything was ok with the delivery...but there is is plenty of time for her to turn. Good luck.

Mandy - posted on 05/15/2012

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Hi. Both my kids were breech around that time and my gynae had no concerns over it. He said that if by 36 weeks my baby hadn't dropped then we would talk. Both my babies turned around - don't worry, you still have loads of time!

Jodi - posted on 05/15/2012

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20% of all babies are breech at 28 weeks and only 3-4% actually end up remaining that way. It is WAY too soon to be concerned about it. With those odds, you have much more chance that your baby will turn than not.

Cece - posted on 05/15/2012

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Hi. I think the best thing would be to get professional advise from an experienced doc. The baby also might turn as you still have some time left if not they can always do normal delivery as it comes. It happens many times in Kenya and all goes well.

Heather - posted on 05/14/2012

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I did the Webster technique with my daughter and she turned at 37 weeks I still up getting a c section because she had the cord around her neck but she was still head down now she's eleven and still loves accessories

Eileen - posted on 05/14/2012

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Hi I juz gave birth 5 mths ago.. When I went for check during 8th mth e dr told me his head not turned down yet.. Told b to b prepared for c section if head not down 3 weeks ltr.. So scared cuz my elders all norm delivery.. Wat I did was talk to him everyday tell him to turn his head down n it works.. By 3 week his head was down.. Mayb u can try tt too as Chinese believes tt baby will listen when u talk to them.. All e best!! Relax u b fine

Anke - posted on 05/14/2012

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Its the oldest trick in the book of a doctor who is hoping to achieve a C section for his / her own convenience. It is impossible to call a baby breech at 27 weeks, its has weeks and weeks yet to turn and change position, and it does. I was told my baby was breech, uncannily at 27 weeks also, and sought a second opinion. I had a natural, drug free delivery of that baby. Breech is a term reserved for the last moments of labour when the baby is literally manually obstructing itself. Get a second opinion and certainly, do not even start to worry about 'turning' baby. Its what he/she is doing all the time.

Lisa - posted on 05/14/2012

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My first child was sideways until I went into labor. Don't worry! Your baby has plenty of time to turn around. I don't think I'd be concerned unless you're within a week or two of your due date & baby is still breech. Just relax, okay? No need for concern yet. :)

Debbie - posted on 05/14/2012

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It's not uncommon for babies to move around and be breech during pregnancy. I would not be concerned unless it gets closer to delivery and she still has not flipped herself around. Most babies will, but if she does not, then ask your doctor what he/she thinks. They are your best source for this type of thing and have the most experience and knowledge. Hope this helps and I hope you have a great "rest-of-your-pregnancy"! Congratulations!

Laura - posted on 05/14/2012

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There is plenty of time for baby to turn on their own at this point, don't stress

Nikki - posted on 05/14/2012

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My daughter didn't turn until late in my pregnancy. I wouldn't stress just yet, you still have plenty of time and if not worst case scenario you have a c section.

Kendall - posted on 05/14/2012

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When I was pregrant with my second son he was also in a breech position at 27 weeks. I was also worried. But my OB/GYN explained to me it is very common for a baby to be in a breech position. And typically by week 30 and sometime before the baby will reposition it self out of breech. By my next appointment he was out of breech. I was told by my OB/GYN sometime prenatal massage can relax you body. And this make it easier to the baby to move. I never tried it personally. But it is a good excuse to get a much need massage at this stage in your pregnancy.

Good Luck

Ashley - posted on 05/14/2012

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my daughter was breech the entire pg until right before i delivered her by like a week or two( and she came a month early). so there is NO need to worry about it. you will only do more harm by stressing about it.

Maria - posted on 05/14/2012

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I think it is probably better to wait and see at this point. You still have plenty of time. My youngest was a breech for the last half of my pregnancy but she did manage to flip at 39 weeks. She was not small either, being born at 40 weeks, just shy of 9 pounds. I know that is not the norm, but it's worth waiting just a little while to see what she does.

Vicki - posted on 05/14/2012

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27 weeks is still very early. Plenty of time for bub to turn yet. Have a look at the spinning babies website for some optimal foetal positioning ideas if you're worried.

Breech birth is entirely possible. Unfortunately most modern care providers have no experience with breech birth and no training so do cs.

Heather - posted on 05/14/2012

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I am almost 37 weeks along I discovered a month ago almost my baby was breech. He still is breech. My doctor wanted to try and turn him. I am very small and I am having a big baby. He has no room to move so therefore I am having a c section and I am looking forward to it. You have time I wouldnt worry. But I hear turning babies is rather quite painful. Good luck

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2012

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Lots of pelvic rock will often encourage a baby to turn. Most babies 95% are head down by 36 weeks. Yours has plenty of time. I am a childbirth instructor.

Melina - posted on 05/14/2012

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There are worse things that could happen, like the scan could have revealed an actual congenital birth defect or something. So she's upside down & you may have to have a c-sec. Not really a big deal if you get a healthy baby at the end of it.

Cara - posted on 05/14/2012

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I did not know my daughter was breach until o was
39 weeks pregnant. I had to have a cc. I'm the end, it was not bad.

Aimee - posted on 05/14/2012

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There's no need to worry. Your baby still has plenty of time, and enough room, to turn resell around before it's time to give birth. Don't stress!

Helen Louise - posted on 05/14/2012

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A few years back , I did a paper on child rearing for my Early Childhood Education Training, and that was a question I asked my Aunt, who was a midwife, in the olden days, she said, you soak a towel in cold water and put it over the belly, this causes the baby to slowly move into the right position. If you do this, please post a reply, and experience.

Sherri - posted on 05/14/2012

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I respectfully disagree with Callies advice it is really irrelevant wether it is a OB or midwife but I would NEVER give birth to a breech baby vaginally it is far to dangerous and highly not recommended. Trust me babies know what they are supposed to do all on their own. Mother nature designed our bodies so that they will go head down almost always all on their own without any intervention.

Josie - posted on 05/14/2012

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I found out that my second child was breech at about 30 weeks. I tried the many weird tips given by outsiders (like laying upside down from the sofa), but ended up taking my mom and sisters' advice of having my baby turned. She was now facing head down like she was supposed to. Unfortunately, we waited too long, past her due date and there was meconium when my waterbag was popped. So we had to have an emergency C-section. Thankfully, the staff worked quickly before she could inhale or swallow any of it and have serious permanent effects. She is now a healthy, injury-prone 14 year old athlete (soccer & basketball). With modern technology, you can have healthy natural birth with a breech baby, but in the end, the decision is yours. I wish you good luck and pray for a safe birth & healthy baby for you and your family.

Sherri - posted on 05/14/2012

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Nope mother nature will take its course only 3% of all babies stay breech. You are still really early and have another 13wks left. Don't fret a lot of babies won't turn till the absolute last second. My 4th born 12wks ago stayed breech until 6 days before he was born.

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I did all the exercises and baby didn't turn. Seemed like she tried with moxibustion but turned out the cord was too short. I hired an experienced midwife and our 2nd daughter was born at home 2 weeks ago. She received an apgar score of 10, didn't need any suctioning and I didn't tear at all.

By the way it's still very early to stress about your baby not turning, it's normal at this stage. Check out spinningbabies.com and stay out of recliners and use good posture :)

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