Moms Query: What Are The Options If My Baby Is Transverse?
It’s great to have a birth plan, but sometimes baby might have different ideas! For example, what if your little one is transverse in the run up to your due date?
This was the query from one of our moms as she awaits the arrival of baby number three; and our wonderful moms have offered some top tips for encouraging your little monkey to move into the right position, and for how to recover if a Caesarean Section is the best option for delivery.
'I’m currently admitted into hospital, as my baby is transverse and I’m 38 weeks pregnant. I want to try an avoid a section so would greatly appreciate any tips or advice to get that baby’s head moving! Had a failed ECV! Of course, would also love some tips on section recovery if it was to happen. It’s my first section but third baby.'
Kim: My baby was never transverse, but a midwife recommended the exercises from this website to me in the last few weeks of pregnancy. It might help: spinningbabies.com.
Claire: Gym ball and lots of walking worked for me. Was in hospital for the last few weeks of pregnancy and was examined at 38 weeks on a Friday and told I wasn't ready to be induced. Nothing else to do in the hospital for the weekend so I walked the carpark & stairs and when I was in the room I sat on the gym ball. Examined on the Monday and was good to go!
Margaret: Get up into your bed on your hands and knees, and sway like your life depends on it! Apparently it makes your belly hang which gives baby that little bit of extra room and the swaying encourages him/her to move! I was told this by a midwife … get swaying, and also bounce on your gym ball too!
Nicola: My 4th was transverse, and I also spent time in hospital. Get on all fours and hang to give baby as much room to move. For me, that was knees on the bed with hands on a lower chair. Then once baby is in the right position, sit on a birthing ball. This helps the hips/pelvis remain wider so baby drops a bit. My monkey would try to pop out early every morning, so had to be up by 5 and on the ball to stop her coming back up & turning. This went on for 3 weeks, but thankfully a 'normal' birth!
Kate: Therapy called moxibustion helped me to turn baby. It’s easy & works, google it!
Lucy: We did moxibustion and it worked a treat ... Could swear he turned within 48 hours after starting, my bump changed shape dramatically.
Annette: Acupuncture has a high percentage of being able to help baby turn.
Geraldine: Reflexology turned all my babies.
Monica: I was Transverse and not allowed to leave hospital at 37 weeks. A very clever midwife under hospital supervision placed a bag of ice on baby's head...She soon went head down to the heat!! Got home and delivered naturally.
Denise: I was in at 38 weeks with 'unstable lie.' She was breech, transverse ... could flip in an hour of being checked. I was home at 39 +3 weeks as she was head down for 2 days. And I had a 'normal' birth at 40 +4. She was 10lbs 9, so no idea how she had so much room for all the gymnastics! Baby still has plenty time.
Aoife: I was in hospital for 3 weeks: Baby was transverse oblique. At one stage baby turned, and next morning I was taken for induction, but his head wasn't secure so they decided against it. I was devastated at this stage and just wanted a section by then … Anyway, Prof. did rounds every Sunday and just said ‘Relax, they turn in their own time.’ And he was right. Was induced 1 day before due date. Delivered naturally all 10lbs 8oz.
p.s. I was on that bloody ball 3 weeks!!!
Nicola: Using a gym ball was recommended to me. Babies head ended up in the right position. I expected a VB, but I ended up having a section. I have to say it was actually fine: I was offered plenty of pain relief after. I came home after 4 days and haven’t taken any pain relief since. I also breastfed straight away and it had no impact. It was a very relaxed experience going into and having the section.
C- Section Tips
Joanna: My advice is to not leave it too long to go the section route. A calm scheduled section is better than trying and trying to deliver naturally and then having to have an emergency one.
Avril: Don't worry too much about a section. … you feel sensation but no pain during it. The baby is born very quickly once they start. When you hear the suction going, the baby will be out in a minute or so. Most of the time is spent closing the incision, but you're so interested in your baby that you really don't notice much. You have the option of being asleep if you want. Other than that you get a spinal block and a catheter inserted. Afterwards, keep on top of pain relief: Don't wait for pain to start before taking the painkillers they give you. By the 2nd day, the sooner you can be up and about, the better. Bring big knickers and extra maternity pads to put over the wound to keep it clean and dry. My scar is really neat. It's really not too bad at all. Not an easy way out certainly, but not as bad as you might think.
For more advice about caesarean sections from our Moms, check out: Elective Caesareans & How To Recover Afterwards.
Do you have any tips for encouraging baby to engage for birth? And did you have a vaginal delivery or a caesarean section? We'd love to hear.