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I think I know why I am stuck in this stinking early labor. I have been doing research online since yesterday to try and figure it out and I think I finally did. I am pretty sure she is in a posterior presentation, which, I found out today, can cause you to be stuck in early labor b/c the head can't put the right pressure on the cervix from that position to trigger active labor. I was on spinning babies and am trying their stuff, but I was wondering if any of you BTDT moms have had this happen and know any secrets to getting the baby to turn anterior. I am pretty convinced that if I can get her to turn around, active labor will start pretty quickly. But I am sure she is posterior right now b/c I can feel all four limbs right at the front of my belly and nothing that feels like a back. It also makes perfect sense why I would be stuck for this long. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I don't have any help but I can kinda confirm that. With DS I was in labor for 36hrs+ and he was posterior. The early labor lasted for about 24 hrs but I also had taken cohosh tea bc I was already 42 weeks along and desperate to get things going so it may have taken even longer without that. (I don't recommend cohosh, btw). They eventually broke my water at the hospital to get active labor going. I think doing spinning babies is a good idea. GL! Turn baby!
I'm not 100% on this...but i thought i read if baby needs to change position (usually to put them head first tho) try yoga moves...like getting on your hands and knees and rocking your hips back and forth. or sit on a stability ball and bounce gently. again i'm not completely sure but hey it might be worth a try!
Oh, I totally misunderstood. I didn't realize you were telling me she was probably posterior. I wish I had. Now I feel stupid. I have been trying the hands and knees with an arched back since you suggested it. By "not in optimal position," I thought you meant her head wasn't tucked right or something. I have been doing that and today I started trying some other things from spinning babies. Although I am a little nervous about one. It is the same exercise that I used to flip her from breech and I don't want it to flip her back to breech. I think she may be too big for that now, but the thought of that is a little stressful. I am trying a few of the other things they suggested more frequently than that one. I also tried calling the midwives' office to get some suggestions, but they never called me back, which fully ticks me off.
No worries hun! Payson was posterior or OP until my 37 week appointment in which she turned to ROA which is face down but we were spine/spine instead of spine/tummy and while they can be delivered that way its not optimal. When I was feeling a braxton hick I would do the arch back. Then at night when I couldnt sleep I sat in the shower with my feet pulled in and together. Also dont recline in a recliner sit as upright as possible. When sitting on the couch also pull your feet in together instead of sitting cross legged or slouched. Huge hugs!
So I tried everything I could find online yesterday afternoon and this evening to try and get her to turn. In the afternoon, I got her to move facing sideways, which is a start, but definitely not ideal. I read that babies may be more likely to turn around in active labor than in early labor bc the stronger contractions work to turn the baby around. I got DH on board and tried to get labor going with nip stim and DTD (staying off of my back at all costs and using only positions friendly to turning a baby). Then I adjusted myself for sleeping like I read I should to make sure she didn't turn back further the wrong way. I was asleep for maybe an hour and I woke up with absolutely excruciating back pain. I got up, took Tylenol, tried to lay back down and the pain was just unbearable. I got up and have been doing more turning exercises for the past hour and a half. It's a bit after 2:30 am. I am exhausted but I can't lay down bc the pain is too terrible. But in all of this, she hasn't turned any more at all. I feel like I am never going to have this baby and will be in labor forever! My back is KILLING me with every contraction and I don't know how much more I can take. I am going to call the ob office as soon as they open tomorrow and demand they help me (not blow me off like they did when I tried to call about this 14 hours ago).