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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:38 AM   1
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Reasons for Breech Baby?


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My LO has been breech from at least 20 weeks, and I know he still has time to flip, but I was wondering if there were any medical reasons for being breech, or any reason for that matter. I guess I'm probably over worrying, just curious I suppose. Thanks Girls



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:42 AM   2
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I'd like to know this too, if you don't mind me hitching a ride.....



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:44 AM   3
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Ride on Minky!



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:55 AM   4
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I'm unsure of any medical reasons for a breech baby... but i've heard in situations where the mother is really stressed or going through a tough time, baby is breech so that baby's heart is closer to mum's heart....... rather than the opposite way around......



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:59 AM   5
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I'm unsure of any medical reasons for a breech baby... but i've heard in situations where the mother is really stressed or going through a tough time, baby is breech so that baby's heart is closer to mum's heart....... rather than the opposite way around......
awww gosh that is so sweet

My buba has been breech since 17 weeks although I have had horrible gastro flu and chest infection past couple of days and feel like possibly he may have took a swing around to head down after all my coughing and spluttering annoying him!!! I am hoping so as was hoping for no c section this time!



 
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Have just done the darn google thing.....it can sometimes be because mum has had several babies so the uterine/stomach muscles are looser and baby can move around more freely, it can also be because of a blockage at the cervix (fibroid/placenta praevia etc), it can also be because of too much or too little amniotic fluid (can move a lot vs can't change position) or because of a neuroligical problem with baby. I am not going to look anymore into that as I am currently breech too and anxious enough as it is as I have a quiet baby.

It does also say that many babies are born breech and healthy without any of the above factors being involved.



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 08:08 AM   7
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also do you ladies know if its true that you have to have a c section if baby is breech?
I would take this option andyway as dont fancy taking a risk plus have had c sec before so know its nothing majorlly scary as you first imagine but I was just wondering as women used to deliver breech babies naturally a lot more often than nowdays?



 
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also do you ladies know if its true that you have to have a c section if baby is breech?
I would take this option andyway as dont fancy taking a risk plus have had c sec before so know its nothing majorlly scary as you first imagine but I was just wondering as women used to deliver breech babies naturally a lot more often than nowdays?
Spoke to my SIL about this yesterday (she's a GP). You don't have to have a caesarian (although I would personally and would refuse an ECV) but sometimes it can be a safer option so they do recommend it.

If baby is a footling breech (feet first rather than bum first) then even more so is a section advised but it is still possible to deliver vaginally and happens all the time>

However, there is a distinct lack of doctors trained and experienced in breech deliveries. They also push section more if it's your first baby as your pelvis has never tried before and may be too small to safely deliver a breech.



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 08:31 AM   9
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Like Minky said above I did the dreaded google thing and found out that there could be birth defect reasons why babies are breech, it made me so panicked and I asked my mw today. She said that there is no concrete evidence for this at all and most breech babies are born healthy, she just said that there is a slight increased risk.

There is more likely to be a uterine abnormality which is stopping baby from turning, however she said that would be picked up on your previous scans so if they havent mentioned this before then its unlikely. She told me to stop worrying and that it could just be that she is comfier breech!



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 08:33 AM   10
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I know that having a low lying placenta makes your chances of breech more likely. We were also told at prenatal classes that slouching, laying down too much can encourage baby to go breech. For optimal fetal positioning it is good to sit with good posture like on a birth ball or on the floor with no back support and straight spine.



 
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