Questions about transverse lie

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  1. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Does anyone have, or has anyone had their LO in transverse position during 3rd tri? Mine has been transverse for maybe two months now and though there is still time to turn I am beginning to get a bit concerned about it. According to the MW at aquanatal today first babies don't tend to turn in the late stages so I guess I need my LO to sort himself out soon.

    I tried to read up a bit and found that transverse is very rare and that the options are to wait until labour as sometimes they will turn during labour and have a section if the baby doesn't turn, or plan for a section in advance, which would be about a week before my due date here. What I also read was that babies that stay transverse usually do so for a reason, the main ones I saw were about the abdominal muscles being weak and separated (I don't think this can be the case); the uterus being a funny shape and essentially preventing them from being comfy any other way; or issues with the pelvis.

    It may be that baby will just turn in the next few weeks but I want to steel myself for the thought of a section. It's rather far removed from the home waterbirth I'm currently planning so I don't want to be taken unawares with it.

    Just wondered if anyone has any experience with this - did your baby turn and when, did you have a section, was there a reason the baby was transverse etc.
     
  2. Angelmouse

    Angelmouse Baking #4

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    My Eldest was transverse lie at my 36wk ANC at which I was told that I'd need a section. I wasn't told why at the time but I think it was because I'm short and was very skinny (only 9st7 full term) he just couldn't move to a better position.

    I do believe though that it's possible to coax LO round by sitting and leaning forwards promoting gravity to take effect. I know that this is the case for back to back lie and I'm sure I read that this can help with transverse. :D

    Hope that's helpfull sweetie and don't forget that there's still time.
     
  3. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Thanks Angelmouse. I forgot to say but I think my problem is that I am short waisted (I'm only 5'3" with relatively long legs). The baby turned a couple of weeks ago for a few hours and I thought I was going to suffocate from the agony of it and lack of breathing space. But then the baby moved back as I guess he/she was just as uncomfortable! I think at present the baby is sort of oblique with head near my left hip and bum up the right hand side, spine running along the bottom of the uterus. I think lying on my right has to be best as the head is only a bit to the left of the middle but I'm getting a bit of sciatic pain when I lie on my right so it's tricky at the moment. Trying to sit forwards and things too. Always sit upright as I can't breathe if I don't.

    Well I've another MW appointment next week so I guess if baby is still transverse we will be able to talk around some of the options.
     
  4. Vickie

    Vickie Hannah & Rhys <3

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    Hannah was transverse, but they didn't figure it out until 2 hours into the pushing stage of my labor. They actually ended up turning her inside me (ouch) but I was able to deliver her naturally
     
  5. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    How could they not tell Vickie? I bet the manipulation really hurt while you were in labour! Poor you! I think they relax the womb when they do ECV.
     
  6. pink_musician

    pink_musician Pregnant with 1st Child

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    Mines oblique at the moment and has been for the past 6 weeks im hoping nany will turn in the next few weeks before my next MW app else the MW says ill need to go for a scan and discuss turning the baby and im not fancying that as ive not had the greatest of third trimesters so far. I hope it all works out ok for you xx
     
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    pink_musician Pregnant with 1st Child

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    Where it says nany i meant baby hehe xx
     
  8. brownhairedmom

    brownhairedmom Well-Known Member

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    I'm 5'3 too and the baby was in transverse until 31 weeks, then she flipped. However, I'm pretty sure she's back in transverse again. I'll find out tomorrow for sure.

    I think they start worrying at 36 weeks. My friend's didn't flip until the day before she was due. If they don't flip, they do the manipulation thing. You can refuse this though as I've read it can cause a lot of problems if not done properly. In that case you'll probably get a section.
     
  9. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    Well I wondered about the ECV, I remember Bluebell not wanting it done but I wasn't sure why. I had a small search about it but didn't see anything bad, only guidelines that it can be very successful! So I'm not sure, maybe I didn't search far enough because I got bored! lol I know there's time yet and all that jazz, just wondered about some of these complications I read about. Seems if they exist the baby simply can't be the right way around and I guess I was wondering if anyone here had had them. I wonder if they can tell on a scan?

    Thanks for all your replies! Sort of glad I'm not the only one but if yours is still transvers too of course I hope LO turns!
     
  10. Vickie

    Vickie Hannah & Rhys <3

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    I don't know how they didn't know :wacko: And yep it did hurt, she didn't even tell me before she turned Hannah :shock:
     
  11. Vickie

    Vickie Hannah & Rhys <3

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    but they didn't do an ECV on me she turned her from inside
     
  12. brownhairedmom

    brownhairedmom Well-Known Member

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    I read that it can pull the cord around the babys neck too tight if they turn them the wrong way, and it can rip the placenta. BUT...those might just be horror stories. Don't ask me where I read that to, it was a few weeks ago.
     
  13. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    :shock:

    Well, I guess I should just talk with the MW about the ECV if it becomes a liklihood. Hopefully not!
     
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    bex Our little princess

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    My LO was breech at my last appointment but i'm not sure what position. I'm hoping and praying for a home birth aswell.
     
  15. lulu0504

    lulu0504 Bella's Mummy

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    Bella was transverse and no-one spotted it until a couple of hours of pushing. They turned her inside and had to use forceps in the end. I was insisting something wasn't right but they wouldn't listen. In the end the senior registrar examined me and said he could feel her ear! Bloody painful when they turned her but better than a section
     
  16. Vickie

    Vickie Hannah & Rhys <3

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    :hug: Hopefully your LO will turn for you before your next appointment
     
  17. Angelmouse

    Angelmouse Baking #4

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    The way that you've described the lie Peanutbean and the fac that you're 30wks; I would say to try and keep lying on your left and sitting atleast upright if not maybe braced a little forward. I think perching on the edge of the sofa is a good one if I remember correctly. Towards sort of 35wks or so Baba should start to want to engage and if you've been encouraging gravity too then it should work.

    I'm a right short arse, only 4ft11 and it was so long ago (14yrs) that they didn't even consider the ECV. I wouldn't have fancied what Vickie and Lulu had to deal with tho. :shock:
     
  18. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    I do sit up and perched forward too. My bump is high up under my boobs but low down too, so under bump trousers hurt, because I'm so short, if that makes sense. It already seems to be at maximum length! I'm not convinced by lying on the left because the head is slightly left of central and if we're talking gravity, lying on the left might make baby more horizontal whereas lying on the right should encourage head to move further to the middle, do you see what I mean? When the baby did turn a couple of weeks ago I had been on my right all night. Besides which, on my left I feel sick because of my digestive issues and also my left shoulder is totally buggered from left-lying such that I am often in agonies and am forced on to the relatively less painful right despite the sciatic nerve issues. I'm doing quite a lot of pelvic/hip exercises that we've been recommended at aquanatal for getting the baby into the right place.

    Actually, the baby's been going a bit bonkers today since aquanatal and I'm wondering if it's an attempt at moving...
     
  19. Angelmouse

    Angelmouse Baking #4

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    Ah shit sorry did I say left I did mean right. :dohh: I was actually trying it out too to see which way gravity would take it. :lol: I'm a numpty.

    I used to love aquanatal with Charlie coz he'd bobble about all the while. Don't half feel heavy when you get out tho doesn't it?! :D

    You doing all the right stuff then hon. That's right pants that you have so much different issues to contend with just to get some sleep. :hugs: I just have to stay off my back or else I get stuck. :shock: :rofl:
     
  20. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    :rofl: I didn't guess you'd just slipped up as I'm always hearing on here how we're supposed to be on our left irrespective of the myriad of differences in placenta and baby position! Aquanatal is fab but you're right, leaving the pool is beginning to feel similar to when you lave the sea after a dive trip in full kit with 32lb weight belt, tank etc. I can hardly drag myself up the steps!

    Interestingly I needed to sleep on my right last night as my left shoulder was in just too much pain and I woke up starving about 5am. Baby had been at some more acrobatics and when I stood up for a pee I found I had a bum sticking out of my side much higher than it's been for ages! lol Unfortunately the whole of my right leg was shot from sciatica so I had to try my left anyway when I went back to bed and I think it may have undone all my good work! Actually baby kept me awake until about half 6. Inside it felt like baby was feeling like I do when I'm struggling to roll over in bed, heaving myself about and getting tangled! :rofl: Can't quite tell where baby is now but not quite in right position I don't think. Maybe head a bit more central though as I'm getting finger-pokes on my right and left down by my hips and that's new. Fingers crossed...
     

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