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Naughty Breech Baby (Part One)

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Naughty Breech Baby (Part One)

For all you mums who have just found out your baby is breech, you’re no doubt already googling what this might mean for you, your birth and probably want to know a little more information. I hope by sharing my experience I can shed some light on what a breech pregnancy and birth can entail and answer some questions you might have along the way.

 

A little bit about my early pregnancy

I was really lucky to have a relatively straightforward pregnancy of which I am so thankful for. I had a tiny bit of

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nausea in the mornings but wasn’t really sick with it and everything else I experienced I considered to be normal during the first few months. Going off tea and coffee, hating the smell of anything my partner Jack cooked, frequently taking naps and taking fancy to sweet things when normally I’m a savoury girl. 

We had one unscheduled trip to the hospital as we couldn’t feel the baby moving, typically our baby decided to put in a lovely display of acrobatics as we were being checked! Fortunately that was the only real worry we had throughout, I

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felt great to be honest and really enjoyed being pregnant. 

Jack and I always had our hearts set on a lovely natural birth with minimal interventions or painkillers where possible, which I imagine a lot of people hope for as well. My mum had quick and straightforward births with me and my brother so naturally I aspired for the same. Reading and hearing stories about epidurals and other painkillers we felt like we had a good plan of what we did and didn’t want to opt for if needed. So we really started to put together our ‘ideal’ birth plan, we

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like to be organised and felt we were really prepared leading up to the final weeks (or as prepared as you can be).

At 32 weeks we found out that our baby was now breech, everyone’s experience at appointments is different and up until this one ours had been great. The midwife was very blasé about the baby’s position and we actually pointed out that we thought the heartbeat was towards the top end of my belly which would mean breech. Checking again after initially saying the baby was head down she came to agree with us and very casually said, ”oh

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you’ll just have a c-section then” like it was nothing.

Looking back, I can understand that to the midwife it’s not that much of a big deal announcing that a baby is breech. To us, it was huge, we had been so set on a natural birth that at the time we felt angry at the lack of sensitivity on finding out the news. I felt faint with worry and we were both shocked and deflated that the plan we’d have liked was now out of our hands. I don’t do well with plans changing but the main thing was that our baby was safe and healthy.

 

Could I

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turn this baby around?

I knew there were still a couple of weeks for our baby to turn around naturally, I was on a mission to find out any possible ways that might help aid this. There’s plenty of success stories online so I thought it was worth a try in the hope we’d have the natural birth Jack and I had ‘planned’ for.
Too keep this post short and manageable I’ve split this blog into two parts, for all of the techniques I tried for turning a breech baby head over to the second part of my blog here to continue reading.

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Bump & me

- 18 May 20

Naughty Breech Baby (Part One)

Bump & me

For all you mums who have just found out your baby is breech, you’re no doubt already googling what this might mean for you, your birth and probably want to know a little more information. I hope by sharing my experience I can shed some light on what a breech pregnancy and birth can entail and answer some questions you might have along the way.

 

A little bit about my early pregnancy

I was really lucky to have a relatively straightforward pregnancy of which I am so thankful for. I had a tiny bit of nausea in the mornings but wasn’t really sick with it and everything else I experienced I considered to be normal during the first few months. Going off tea and coffee, hating the smell of anything my partner Jack cooked, frequently taking naps and taking fancy to sweet things when normally I’m a savoury girl. 

We had one unscheduled trip to the hospital as we couldn’t feel the baby moving, typically our baby decided to put in a lovely display of acrobatics as we were being checked! Fortunately that was the only real worry we had throughout, I felt great to be honest and really enjoyed being pregnant. 

Jack and I always had our hearts set on a lovely natural birth with minimal interventions or painkillers where possible, which I imagine a lot of people hope for as well. My mum had quick and straightforward births with me and my brother so naturally I aspired for the same. Reading and hearing stories about epidurals and other painkillers we felt like we had a good plan of what we did and didn’t want to opt for if needed. So we really started to put together our ‘ideal’ birth plan, we like to be organised and felt we were really prepared leading up to the final weeks (or as prepared as you can be).

At 32 weeks we found out that our baby was now breech, everyone’s experience at appointments is different and up until this one ours had been great. The midwife was very blasé about the baby’s position and we actually pointed out that we thought the heartbeat was towards the top end of my belly which would mean breech. Checking again after initially saying the baby was head down she came to agree with us and very casually said, “oh you’ll just have a c-section then” like it was nothing.

Looking back, I can understand that to the midwife it’s not that much of a big deal announcing that a baby is breech. To us, it was huge, we had been so set on a natural birth that at the time we felt angry at the lack of sensitivity on finding out the news. I felt faint with worry and we were both shocked and deflated that the plan we’d have liked was now out of our hands. I don’t do well with plans changing but the main thing was that our baby was safe and healthy.

 

Could I turn this baby around?

I knew there were still a couple of weeks for our baby to turn around naturally, I was on a mission to find out any possible ways that might help aid this. There’s plenty of success stories online so I thought it was worth a try in the hope we’d have the natural birth Jack and I had ‘planned’ for.

Too keep this post short and manageable I’ve split this blog into two parts, for all of the techniques I tried for turning a breech baby head over to the second part of my blog here to continue reading.

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After sharing with other mums, friends and family For You Mummas has quickly become a project of its own. I'm a first time mum, writing personal blogs that my baby can read back when older. For real honest stories, experiences and tips, keep your eyes out for new content! Georgia x

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