We pride ourselves on having the friendliest
and most welcoming forums for moms and moms to be! Please take a moment
for free so you can be a part of our growing community of mothers.
If you have any problems registering please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our community is moderated by our moderation team so you won't see spam or offensive messages posted on our forums. Each of our message boards is hosted by JustMommies hosts, whose names are listed at the top each board. We hope you find our message boards friendly, helpful, and fun to be on!
Don't they also call the V-bruise thing a storks bite? The little girls I used to be a nanny for had that. One was 5 and the other was 2. You couldn't see it at all normally, but when they got mad and their face turned red it was very visable.
Anyways, here is a little something I found about posterior positions.
What's a posterior position?
Some babies go down into the pelvis with the back of their heads towards their mothers' spines. This is called a POSTERIOR position and it can lead to several things happening:
• Your waters are more likely to break at the beginning of labour.
• You have a lot of backache during and in between contractions.
• Labour is slower.
• You may need forceps or ventouse (a suction device) to help you give birth to your baby.
The close proximity between the baby's bony skull and your spine can be very uncomfortable, and you might well find that the best position to labour in is on all fours. In this position, your baby drops away from your spine, helping relieve the backache.
When your baby gets to the bottom of your pelvis, he'll need to turn through 180 degrees to get into the best position for him to be born. This can take quite a while, or your baby may decide he's not going to turn at all! In this case, he will be born with his face looking up at you as he emerges. He might need forceps or ventouse to help him out.
Why are some babies posterior?
It seems that western women are much more likely to have posterior babies than women who work in traditional ways in the fields, or bending over their cooking pots. So lifestyle might be one cause of posterior babies. It's not difficult to understand why. When you are sitting in your car, or curled up on a comfortable armchair watching television, or working at a computer for many hours, your pelvis is tipped backwards. This is always true if you are in a position where your knees are raised above the level of your pelvis.
When your pelvis is tipped backwards, the heaviest part of your baby, which is the back of his head and his spine, will also tend to swing round to the back. So he ends up in a posterior position, lying against your spine. If you have a lifestyle which involves very little sitting and a lot of upright activities, your baby is far more likely to go down into your pelvis in an anterior position because your pelvis is always tipped forwards.
How to help your baby into an anterior position
There is a lot of talk nowadays about how to get the baby to enter the pelvis in an anterior rather than a posterior position. This is called "optimal foetal positioning". You can encourage your baby to take up an anterior position by making sure that your knees are always lower than your hips:
• Sit on a cushion in your car to lift your bottom up.
• Check that your favourite chair doesn't make your bottom go down and your knees come up.
• Take regular breaks and move around if your job involves a lot of sitting.
• Watch television on all fours for ten minutes every day.
• Scrub all your floors and skirting boards — our grannies used to say that washing the kitchen floor was a good way of preparing for labour. And they were right! When you are on all fours, the back of your baby's head swings to the front of your abdomen.
Incidentally, you don't have to worry about getting your baby into a good position when you're in bed. When you're lying horizontally, your baby is not being pushed down into your pelvis. It's when you're upright that he'll enter the pelvis either in an anterior or a posterior position.
One study has shown that women who did hands and knees with slow pelvic rocking exercises from 37 weeks of pregnancy to the onset of labour did not have fewer babies in the posterior position. However, in this study women only tried positions to help the baby turn for ten minutes twice a day, and the researchers only recorded the position of the baby at birth or just before delivery, if they needed rotating manually or instrumentally, and not the position at the start of labour.
Previously, a Cochrane review of hands and knees position concluded that adopting this position for ten minutes when the baby is in the lateral or posterior position does have short-term effects on the baby's position. More research is clearly needed, however, expert midwives such as Jean Sutton, are convinced through their long experience, that the mother's posture during late pregnancy does have an effect on the position of her baby.[/b]
Kayttie, in love with Shane, mom to Emma Brynn and Jacqueline Noel