I'm now really worried baby will get stuck and something awful happen. I'm not tiny, I was an 18-20 pre preg, 5ft4, size 6.5 shoes. Baby is predicted to be just over 8lb on due date, no GD.
But sometimes when we used to have sex or use sex toys (sorry for tmi), I'd feel like it was hitting my pelvic bone, at the front, like where the shoulders get stuck.
Will they be able to feel for this being a problem in early labour? Is there anything else they can do? Feeling very anxious tonight
Don't worry too much, I know its hard not to. Since OBEM has been on women have been more apprehensive about things when they go into labour. Your experience with sex and your pubic bone etc doesn't give any indication on whether you would have a shoulder dystocia, nor just based on the size of baby etc.
Yes, bigger babies, i.e. 9lb + and small stature women ring bells on admission but no examination done early on will indicate whether your baby's shoulder will get wedge behind your pubic bone. And just because baby may be expected to be big, doesn't automatically mean you will have a shoulder dystocia. SD doesn't happen too often thankfully and when it does, most often they can be delivered using appropriate manouvres. My colleagues and I watch that OBEM episode with the shoulder dystocia to see what the fuss was about and what women were talking about when they come into our unit. I must say, that shoulder dystocia was a bad one and my colleagues and I all agreed that ones like that are quite rare. Thankfully when they occur they are reasonably mild and baby is delivered fine. I believe they had to break baby's clavicle, again rarely need to do that.
I think all womens pelvis's are the same size. That's what our nct teacher said anyways! And therefore capable of birthing a baby. One of those freaks of nature. Don't forget the fontanelle is there so the head can always get out.
My son had SD... he was 8.10 and I had a eventful delivery.
My daughter was presenting the same when I was in labour but I had a far more experienced midwife second time around and she knew that baby was in this position. As labour was progressing she made me do a lot of cat stretches and rocking hips from side to side and in a circular motion and also standing up holding onto bed, rocking back and forward and within about 30m of this baby had turned into a normal position for delivery.
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