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Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I’m at 36 weeks, and just found out my baby is breech. Can this change before delivery?

Re: I’m at 36 weeks, and just found out my baby is breech. Can this change before delivery?

The Bump Expert

Yes. Baby will move around in your womb right up until delivery, so it’s possible that a shift to the head-down position will occur naturally.

Your doc also may attempt to turn your baby through “version.” This involves pushing or lifting your abdomen with his hands (and possibly the help of another person) to help baby roll forward or backward into the head-down position. Before the version, you’ll have an ultrasound to determine position of baby and the placenta, and the amount of amniotic fluid. Baby’s heart rate will be taken before and after, and ultrasound may be used during the turning for additional guidance. You also maybe given medication to relax your uterus and ease the turning.

Version isn’t usually attempted until after 36 weeks, because baby is still likely to change position before that. (And even after a successful version, baby may move back into the breech position.) But, since baby is growing right up until birth, version becomes more difficult as due date approaches because of the decreasing space in your womb. Sounds like an impossible equation, we know… but though there’s certainly no guarantee the version will work, more than half of all attempts are successful.

Though complications with version are unusual (meaning, don’t let the following scare you too much!), they can include premature membrane rupture, heart rate problems, placental abruption or preterm labor. For this reason, the procedure will likely take place near a delivery room, where baby can quickly be delivered by cesarean section if necessary.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

re: Q: Shift breech baby before birth?

I had the procedure done today and it wasn't as bad as I had expected or had been told to expect. I had two doctors moving the baby - one at the head and one at the tush and they were able to sucessfully get the baby to turn. It was a little painful, but not unbarable. They monitored me for a few hours and then told me that I could go home and wait for labor to begin. I am just about 38 weeks along. Fingers crossed the baby doesn't flip back.

Jenny249 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

It can cange with my second child she was breech up until they day i was scheduled for the version which wasat 37 weeks. But before I went to the hosital I felt her flip into position. Which was a relie for me.

mararo08 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I had a version today at just over 38 wks. They gave me a spinal to relax the uterus so I was numb from chest down. It was very strange and it still hurt quite a bit. But not as much as it could or even having a breech birth. Unfortuanetly it didn't work so unless she magically flips on her own in the next week I will have to still have a c-section, but on the positive side I am glad I knew before I went into labor and we tried all we could. Its better than go all through labor and finding out after all of that too. I wouldn't change my desicion but it was not pleseant. But baby was completely unstressed by the whole thing and doing just fine and thats all that matters.

jeanie667 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

you can find an acupuncturist who can do a procedure called moxa on your llittle toe for few hours & the baby will naturaly & safely turn. It works every time

Melo2424 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

My baby has been very happily breech for at least the past 2 1/2 months. When we found out she was heads-up we tried everything - moxibustion, acupuncture, pelvic tilts, inversions, homeopathy, you name it. None of the alternative methods worked to flip her; so we had an external cephalic version at 37 1/2 weeks. It was not nearly as bad as people had told me it would be - uncomfortable, yes, but not super painful. The baby did fine with the procedure and really the worst part was having to fast beforehand just in case an emergency c-section was necessary. Unfortunately, the doctors (two of them - one at her head and one at her tush) were not able to get her to turn fully around. Clearly our baby is already insistent on doing things her way! So, the c-section is scheduled for this coming Wednesday at 39 1/2 weeks. And while this is certainly not my first choice in the way of birthing, I am looking forward to meeting our little one and embracing her transition into the world even if it's through my belly. I write in because I know how difficult it was for me at first to try to come to terms with having a scheduled c-section and I think it helps to know there are others out there going through the same thing you are - and that a cesarean (while perhaps not ideal) is just another beautiful way to birth a baby. I wish you all luck with your babies turning and with your deliveries (via either route).

alyssahs |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

Chiropractic Works! I have a good friend who is a chiropractor and is 100% on turning breech babies within a few days. Many times adjusting the pelvis and helping to release the ligaments that hold the uterus in place will give baby enough room to flip on her own.

bwalkerdc |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I just had my version done about 4 days ago. My son has been breech from day 1. They gave me an epidural and then a shot to relax my uterus and then attempted to turn him. But ofcourse, he's quite comortable where he's at, and they couldn't get him to turn. My version wasn't as painful during as it was later that night and a few days after. My epidural took twice as long as normal, and I got stuck over 6 times. Come to find out I have Scoliosis (didn't know I had), as well as the degenerative disc disease (which I knew I had). I was in alot of pain for about two days, but other than that it was smooth. There's a 50/50 chance.. and I was told that with first pregnancies the success rate is lower.

SRobinson710 |

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I had a version done a few days ago. I didn't know what to expect as far as pain, but I was very uncomfortable. It hurt quite a bit. My baby's tush was not budging and was down in the pelvis. The furthest she could move her was as far as my hips. She tried unsucessfully 3 times to flip her, but she is stubborn like her mother. I was told that she still may flip on her own, but it is unlikely. I did start having contractions afterward so I was given a shot to relax my uterus, and everything else is looking good so far.

clpeters84@yahoo.com |

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They tried to the a version on me and it didn't work the baby's heart rate went down in to the 90's from the 130's so they didn't try again. So now we are going to have to schedule a c-section.

otg1313 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

Try doing a handstand in a pool. Sounds crazy when you're 9 mos pregnant, but 2 of my friend's 4 kids were in breech position and her midwife suggested doing handstands in a pool, and it worked for both.

maw3282 |

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We are scheduled for the ECV tomorrow morning. I am very nervous!! I hope everything works out and he gets turned!

raynelizabeth |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I actually did this on my own over time. My baby has been breech since I accedentaly turned him at about 20 weeks. So When we were having sex I Had DH switch legs that he usually held up. I would push on the baby from the bottom to make him uncomfortable. It has worked so far! Last week we checked again & he is almost all the way head down! woo hoo!

lildivastar16 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

My version was unsuccessful and very painful - they give no pain meds at my hospital with the procedure. Don't want to scare anyone, but I was not prepared for the pain and I wish I'd known.

angieboldt |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I had the ECV today. It wasn't that bad but the baby wouldn't budge. So I had to schedule a c-section.

colleen72102 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

Yogis swear by Cat-Cow poses. Lots of them. 2-3 times a day. Also, if you can find a chiropractor that has training with the Webster technique, it's definitely worth a try to avoid surgery (if it's not in your birth plan)!

kortney924 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

ALSO I've read that babies do not like menthol, so some swear you can slather mentholatum ointment on the top of your bump and baby will turn away from it.

kortney924 |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

Thanks for all the helpful info! I just found out yesterday that my baby is breech and of course started freaking out because I had no intention of having a c-section. I'm just over 35 weeks so there's still time for him to turn on his own. I've been on hands and knees quite a bit since yesterday ;-). If that doesn't do the trick, I'll try the version.

rlbmari |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

It can change, as so many have said... My son-who is now nearly 3- was actually head down the entire pregnancy until the end of his 33rd week when he flipped-confirmed by ultrasound the next day... he was born emergency csection the following week at 34 weeks when my water broke, and he was still breeched. My daughter that is due in two weeks, is and has been the entire pregnancy breeched!!! and she doesnt seem to have any want to flip!! I was planning on trying for a VBAC with this pregnancy, but it seems she has other ideas. My doctor told me he did not want to try to flip her for risk of rupturing my previous incision... but if i go into labor and she is still breeched and my water has NOT broke he will try to flip her, but if my water breaks---bring on the c section. I'm hoping she flips before i go into labor, but have pretty much readied myself for another c section. Wishing all of you out there the best of luck with your breeched babies!! and congrats on the new bundles of joys!

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