Hi all I am hoping to hear some positive posterior birth experiences. I am 37 wks with my second and my bub has been sitting spine to the right for several weeks now and in the last week has turned posterior. I'm really disappointed because I've been doing everything I can to encourage an anterior, LO position and my bub just doesn't seem to want to play.
I have been using postures from spinning babies for months now, always try to sit with my knees lower than hips, walk daily, use fit ball, swim a few km a week, do prenatal yoga classes 3 x a week, try to sleep on my left supported etc and get regular Chiro adjustments.
I need to try to release my need to control the situation and trust that I can have a successful posterior birth. I'm hoping for a VBAC and petrified this will be my undoing. I had a very long, extremely painful and non-progressive posterior labor with my first.
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10-02-2016 14:27 #1
Positive posterior stories anyone?
10-02-2016 14:34 #2
Hi sunnygirl, I had a really good posterior labour with dd1. Like you, I did all of the spinning babies exercises for weeks prior to and whilst in labour. She eventually turned in the birth canal (which I've heard is common) so she wasn't born sunny side up.
As for the labour itself- it didn't feel any different to my other labours. I didn't notice any back pain etc. the labour was quick (3 1/2 hours).
Good luck, don't let a possible posterior labour and birth deter you. You'll be fine. Bub might be super clever and turn at the last minute like mine 😊
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10-02-2016 15:36 #3
10-02-2016 16:55 #4
Positive posterior stories anyone?
Hi Sunnygirl79 - both my kids were posterior during pregnancy despite trying all the kneeling, positioning in the world. I read JuJu's Birth Skills, particularly, the section on Posterior labours.
I tried to stay off my back and spent a great deal of time kneeling on all fours and leaning over the end of the bed. I can't compare pain levels as I've not had a baby start off in an optimal position but both babies turned during labour (as PP mentioned, this often happens).
Both my labours were fast - 4.25hrs (induced) and 3hrs (spontaneous).
I wish you all the best!
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10-02-2016 19:30 #5
My dd was a posterior labour. While I felt all the contractions in my back the pain was quite manageable. I laboured for 8 hours and she spun herself just before I started pushing. Posterior is definitely doable!
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10-02-2016 19:51 #6
My ds was posterior up until 39 weeks. From 38 weeks I saw a chiro - I had been doing optimal fetal positioning up until then but obviously it didn't work. One of the chiros I saw pointed out I tend to put all my weight to one side when standing so no doubt that influenced it. He also got me eating sesame seeds and lots of spinach as apparently my bowel was preventing ds from moving. I'm not sure if it helped but ds did end up moving!
My midwife said that babies tend to move from rol to rop to lol to loa rather than the other way as it's easier. Even though it's the long way round! Try and keep a positive headspace whether bub moves or not. xx
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10-02-2016 19:54 #7Senior Member
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I delivered my 9p7 1/2 undiagnosed posterior baby without drugs
it hurt like hell but pretty sure all birth hurts like hell,
We did require a vacuum extraction (which i suspect has more to do with my obs on your back to birth demands then anything else as we were doing fine before ob arrived)
I was up, walking and felt amazing within 20 minutes of bubba arrival,
My ob was funny, bub came out and I get 'THIS BABY IS POSTERIOR" is a surprised voice
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10-02-2016 22:32 #8
My ds2 was posterior up until mid labour (I don't know when exactly he turned, active labour was 3 hours so somewhere in there) so thanks fully I didn't have to push him out posterior but it caused back pain and lots of false labour in the final few weeks.
I didn't do anything to try to turn him. Best of luck
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10-02-2016 22:36 #9
I didn't know my DS was posterior until I was in labour. It was really painful in my back but it was my first labour so had nothing to compare it to. They warned me he might be hard to push out but I only pushed for 10 minutes and got him out in about four pushes good luck!
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10-02-2016 22:47 #10
Thanks for all the replies ladies it's really comforting to know it can be done and doesn't necessarily mean a long labor.
I'll continue doing what u am doing in the meantime and try not to get too hung up on it. My Chiro has been keeping my pelvis in check the whole pregnancy so I think this is bubs decision for whatever reason. As long as he/she comes out it doesn't matter so much, I just don't want to end up in surgery again.
Thanks again I really appreciate you all sharing your stories! 😊
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