Dec 29, 2011

34 weeks and my baby is still in the Frank Breech Position

I had my 34-week check up today and found out my baby is still breech. He has been that way since at least week 20. He is full-on head up, ass down and legs straight, making him a Frank Breech. There are three different types of breech positions.

  1. Frank breech: The fetus' buttocks are aimed toward the birth canal and the legs stick straight up in front of the body. The feet are near the head.
2. Complete breech: The buttocks are down, with the legs folded at the knees and the feet near the buttocks.
3. Footling breech: One or both of the fetus' feet are pointing down and will come out first.

Before today I thought breech was an ok thing, until labor. Well, I have been informed that there can be some issues associated with having a breech baby. First of all unless the baby is “Frank breech” natural childbirth is completely out, a c-section must be preformed. In the case of a frank Breech a natural birth can be had, but by no means highly recommended. Since I am having a c-section anyways I really was not upset by this information. In fact I was more at ease with my forced c-section. I was given another reason, out of my control, which made the c-section the best option for baby and me.

I didn’t get a chance to talk to my doctor after the ultra sound, so I really don’t even know if I should be worried. But, because I am a need-to-know-NOW kind of person, I raced right home to research what it meant to have a baby in the breech position over the entire pregnancy. Please learn from my mistakes… wait until you talk to your doctor first, I am a hysterical mess thanks to all of the awful stories and things I read about breech… even though I read my baby still has plenty of time to turn south and make everything ok, and my stress and anxiety worthless…

Here’s what’s got me concerned….

1. Breech babies can be born with their legs stuck in their breech position for a period of up to quite a few weeks. I have also learned that this issue is by no means permanent.

2. There are plenty different methods of getting the baby out of the breech position… All of which are not proven to work 100%.

3. A baby may stay in the breech position because he has a birth defect keeping him from moving…

Here’s what’s got me feeling better…

1. Most babies in the breech position will move head down between 32-37 weeks, most making the dive at 36 weeks. 95% turn down 3-5% stay breeched.
2. All defects related to breech- legs stuck in breech position after birth, is 100% fixable… some babies unfold very quickly others need physical therapy, but all recover 100%!
3. There are methods of moving him out of breech I plan to discuss with my doctor ASAP.
4. Until my doctor shows concern I should not!

God knows I am an emotional train wreck as it is, to think my baby has a birth defect or issue keeping him from moving out of the breech position is just too much right now. I prefer to cross that bridge when I get to it. I am only 34 weeks and have 3 more weeks of hoping he rotates downward ahead of me. Still I’d be lying if I said I was not still going to loose some sleep over this.

Until my next appointment and ultra sound scan I can only pray, drink plenty of fluids and have faith all will be wonderful on delivery day. I will continue to post on this issue as soon as I have good reliable information from my doctor... not google.

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