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So this has me thinking....If you deliver a OP baby do you think it increases your chances for another OP delivery? Do you think pelvis size plays a factor? I'm wondering all this because after I delivered Korbin at my 1 day home visit one of my midwives told me that my pelvis is shaped different and I will almost always birth OP babies. I do not know if my first was OP, i think she was ROA but I am not 100% sure until i can see my medical records from her birth, my second was OP, third LOP, and Korbin was OP as well. I tried spinning babies and all that but it did nothing.
I've often wondered that as well. I think positioning in pregnancy can influence it, obviously... like if mom didn't know any better and was sitting in a recliner through her pregnancy. But I would think the shape of your pelvis could influence it too. It would only make sense. Although it might create a harder birth in general, it might be the best way for *your* babies to come out, ya know?
My midwife told me had something to do with the way the uterus lies in conjuction with the pelvis. So I assume it is all related (uterus position, pelvic shape, pelvic/uterus rotation, etc). My uterus is completely "backwards" in it's rotation (regular gyn checks send me through the roof, since they have tug it forward). My first was LOP and the midwife said she was not surprised at all because of where his placenta attached and the way my uterus lies (although it does tilt back forward some with the weight of a pregnancy). However, I was surprised that baby number two was NOT posterior. I dunno if I will be more likely to have posterior babies in general. But for now, I am 1 for 2. Maybe you are more likely to have them OP...but not "doomed" to it (lol) all the time.
Oh...and on a side note...I saw your tickers and I am also breastfeeding a tongue tied babe I had never heard of anyone doing it, but I was hesitant to get him clipped. So the LC gave me tips and we have tons of success. Just a cool connection I did not know about until just now
thats awesome! Both of my boys are tongue tied and i didn't want to have it clipped either. My oldest son stopped nursing at 4 months, but so far with Korbin things are going great even with the tongue tie my midwife was awesome and gave me some great advice on nursing him, because at first i was getting blisters and it sucked lol
I'm not sure. Lily was positioned perfectly, but Vi was posterior and she was actually a face presentation, so her eye came out first. My midwives had never seen a face presentation and from what I've researched they are pretty rare (less than 1% of births). A CNM I saw last week for a prenatal said in 18 years, she's only seen 3 face presentations and all 3 women later had other kids that were positioned perfectly. So, I'm hoping that happens here. I'd be fine with another posterior baby, but the face presentation was really difficult, especially because if their chin doesn't go a certain way they can get totally stuck.
I pushed for just over 3 hours with Vi and she came out with a huge hematoma on her head that even now at 18 months old is still visible (it's just hardened over, instead of deflating).
I read online that if you have 1 OP, you're more likely to have a 2nd and 3rd OP. My CNM also told me that a tilted uterus and pelvis shape also has a huge factor in OP presentations. I have a tilted uterus, and this baby has been posterior the whole pregnancy until now. I have been going to the chiropractor to help turn her, and she has actually turned on her own after my appointment last week.
Question though...for those of you that did give birth to a posterior baby, were you able to go natural? How did you deal with the extra pain from the baby's position?
I went natural. Vi wasn't traditional OP though, she was actually a face presentation, so her eye came out first. I didn't have any back pain associated with OP labor or anything, so we think she twisted during labor and then got stuck on my pelvic bone.
I went almost all natural with my 2nd, got an epi the last hour of my labor(which i kick myself for now) With my 3rd I choose to get an epi but it was fail, worked for like an hour then moved out of the epidural pocket and stopped working and i opted not to have it redone, so i only had like an hour maybe hour and a half pain free with him and he was LOP, with my 4th he was a home birth so 100% natural. I only tore bad with my 2nd, the 3rd and 4th were very minimal tears.
That's interesting. Kate was posterior all the way through pregnancy and halfway through labor, but turned during labor. I'm pretty sure she was positioned that way because I had an anterior placenta and she kept spinning to face it. Devin, with a posterior placenta, easily spun into proper position and stayed there.
I did read, when I was approaching labor with Kate who was refusing to spin, that having birthed a OA baby means you're more likely to have a posterior baby spin during/before labor.
I only had one OP baby out of three, my 2nd. For my 3rd I made sure never to slouch or sit reclined and I was really concerned about my positioning because I didn't want to go through that back labor again!
Katie- mom to Aden (5) Phineas (3) and Phoebe Violet (1)
Some women do have all posterior babies and it can be a result of hte shape of hte pelvis. I *think those women don't tend to have as much pain with the OP delivery as women that have a 'normal' pelvis and the baby is OP because of other reasons.
Seeing a chiropractor can help if the pelvis shape is a result of injury and musculoskeletal issues. I have a history of breech babies because of my pelvis and seeing a chiro helped my 4th turn spontaneously at 36.5 weeks.
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me
Oh boy...never heard any of this before...my DD was posterior and also had a nuchal fist...but I also had an epi with her because when my water broke I could not take the pain. I know nothing about the shape of my pelvis or any of that. I'm curious to see what happens.
Seeing that my posterior baby was my first, I did not know it was "extra pain." But I really don't feel that I had bad back labor or that it was particularly hard to push him out. Maybe it is because the positioning of everything in my body. He was all natural. I tore a little, but nothing major.
It is actually interesting though...with my second I had a sonogram right at the onset of labor, since we thought he was breech (he was two days prior). The doctor noted that his cord was around his neck "pretty good," but did not note his presentation positioning (the nurse was peeved that he mentioned the cord, since it scares parents and is not usually a problem). Then, he presented anterior...without the cord around his neck. So I wonder if he was posterior til the last minute too. The contractions (without the pit) felt exactly the same as with Liam. Not that I would have thought to ask...we had a lot going on right then. But it does make me curious.