DS2 was posterior.
Definitely more back pain than DS1. Took twice as long, but still intervention free vaginal birth and no tearing.
I used a TENS which helped a lot.
The weirdest thing was laying on my back in theatre, legs up in stirrups and having the OB pop up between my legs to introduce himself. Generally I prefer to know someone's name *before* they get a good look at my lady parts, lol.
My bub was posterior for much of my pregnancy and labour. I didn't have the typical back pain but his position caused me to have an urge to push a long time before I was fully dilated. I also had a lot of cervix pain. He turned at about 8cm. I had an awesome team of midwives who looked after us so well and he was born without intervention. I had a small second degree tear.
I would very strongly suggest that you do not consent to an ARM while bub is posterior.
I agree with a pp that a TENS machine might be a good investment. Hire one now or speak to the physio dept at your hospital about it.
Also chiro and acupuncture in pregnancy could help with bubs position and also to encourage labour (especially because induction is not an option).
My son was posterior throughout my labor/delivery. He was 10lbs 3oz and had a 38.5cm head. I managed to get him out without assistance (other than an episiotomy), but I'm not going to lie - it was hard! Also left me quite distressed and with after birth problems that left me this close to needing surgery at 4 months post partem. I think it was the fact that he was posterior and had a big head that made the birth difficult, more so than him being a big baby.
my labour was 13 hours long, but I only pushed for 20 mins of those. I was also a high c section risk so was encouraged to stay on the bed for some reason (don't do this!! Get up on the fit ball and get that baby into position!!) I regretted listening to those midwives so much that I opted for a different hospital the next time round.
i don't think all posterior births end up like mine, just do your research and listen to your body Good luck!!
My DS1 was posterior- super fast spontaneous labour at 38 weeks, the back pain was excrutiating- I thought he was going to be delivered out of my back! Laboured til almost full dilation, then had a light epidural- and born with no tearing or other intervention- Only 5 pounds though, with a pointy head! All the best.
Both my bubs were posterior...i just seem to make backwards bubs. Both were big too, DD was 8lb10 and DS was 9lb7.
Back pain with DD and a very long labour which failed to progress so needed the drip towards the end. DS was induced and was heaps quicker, under 4 hours.
I tore badly with DD and needed stitches, with DS i didnt. I did need repairs done after wards and had prolapse surgery too (about 2 years after). Docs say this was because i had big babies, though not everyone who has big babies has a prolapse so dont worry too much.
I didnt need any vacuum or forceps with either. I think they turned DS thought im not really sure. DD came out face up!
My first baby was posterior and it wasn't any easy birth at all. He turned right at the end, but by this point I had begged for the strongest epidural I could get. I couldn't feel a thing and pushed really ineffectively and ended up with an episiotomy. I wished I'd been better informed about fetal positioning (and birth in general!) then.
Have you had a look at the Spinning Babies website? It might be helpful.
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