Breech at 39 weeks :(
Hi I just had my '38 week' appt and the mw seems to think that he's turned breech, as soon as she felt my tummy she said he feels breech. Then she got a strong heartbeat above my belly button. I've got to have a scan done to check and if he is breech it's most likely that I'll have to have a c-section which I'm terrified about. I just feel so down in the dumps now, I'm worried I'll have a bad experience and I'll end up in so much pain afterwards. Plus I'm scared of hospitals and I've never had an operation before. :(
Mine is breech too and i'm having a c section in 7 days time. She could be wrong though and my baby's heartbeat is always below my belly button so I wouldn't go much from that.
I was reading about c section experiences and found this 'positive c section stories' thread.
Give it a read, it will make you feel better :) Good luck xx
My DD was breech and I had a c-section. I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience.
The c-section itself didn't take long and DH was sitting beside me the whole time. I had a spinal and that was no problem, my advise is to try to relax as that will make it easier and faster for them to do. There is a momentary wave of nausea a little while after they do it but it passes really quickly. There was some pulling and I could see them lifting DD out (I couldn't see the wound though). They quickly took her and wrapped her up and gave her to DH while I was stitched up and then once I was back on the proper bed she was handed to me and we went to recovery for skin to skin and for me to BF.
My recovery was really good, I was up and about later the same day :) I had a speedy recovery which probably would have been speedier if I hadn't over done things a couple of times. I hardly used any pain killers at all and was driving in just under 4 weeks. I had no issues with BFing and did so until DD was 21 months.
My advise is to be as active as you comfortably can be as being too sedentary makes your recovery longer. Drink LOADS of water as that helps flush your system out. Eat kiwi fruit to aid healing. And most importantly of all cuddle your LO loads and loads!
Try not to get too worried about the c-section. just relax and remember that you will be getting your lovely LO handed to you very soon :)
ERA : I'm having another c-section with this baby as I believe that it is the safer and better option. I also have placenta prevea which helps my case lol
Thanks for your replies, I am feeling a bit better after reading some positive stories. I just can't seem to shake this feeling though that I don't even feel like I'm having a baby anymore, it feels like an operation that I have no control over. I don't even feel excited, is that normal?
It really doesn't affect your bond with baby and you both will be much safer having a c-section if baby is breech.
Thanks, I'm just going to have to get my head around it. Mind over matter and all!
He may turn back but there isn't alot of time left, if he's still breech on Friday I'll be having a section on monday!
This site has lots of very good information that I haven't seen elsewhere:
I think things must be done differently in the UK. Here most people I know birth breech babies the usual way unless they are transverse lie.
This was emailed to me this morning from a photographer friend of a breech birth. The photos are incrediblby beautiful.
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