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November 5th, 2006, 10:41 PM
kahlan's Avatar Super Mommy
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Just to introduce myself - I am Gina, 30, due with baby #4 on 26th of Nov. All three boys were delivered naturally.
Had a Dr appointment recently, and he was surprised at how high the baby was in relation to my pelvic brim. He said that we need to watch the descent closely, and a prolapsed cord can occur if I go into labour with the baby sitting up too high and then discussed C-sections. I am terrorfied of having a c-section. I have read that subsequent babies can engage late, and my last baby did not engage until a day before delivery. This doctor worried me though. Any advice/more info? Thanks,

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November 6th, 2006, 06:58 AM
LaLa's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hey there, I replied in the other section as well, but Ill give a short answer here as well

Subsequent babies do engage late. Theres so far nothing to indicate that theres even a potential problem, since the baby is exactly where it should be for a non-first-time mom

Dont be surprised if baby doesnt engage until labor is well established even. Sometimes the baby will just before labor or in the days prior, but its very common for a non first time mom to engage very late in the game. With my second, she was at 0 station less than an hour before birth. She descended right before pushing and was born with 11 minutes of pushing. So that also defies the belief that high babies have long pushign stages - not necessarily true considering they can descend at ANY time.

Avoiding an induction and artificial rupture of membranes will significantly reduce the chances of cord prolapse or a cesarean. An induction before your body is ready could put you in a situation where you have failure to progress and/or the baby not descending b/c its simply not ready to regardless of how much pit is in your system. And - AROM while baby is high COULD result in cord prolapse. Your water will break when baby is in a good position, and its highly unlikely that absent those interventions that youll experience cord prolapse. its pretty uncommon when you dont fool around with things


So hang in there- baby might be high right now, but youre absolutely normal for a non first time mommy. Your body knows what to do


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November 7th, 2006, 07:59 PM
MissyPrincessEha's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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LaLa knows what she is talking about! It is very okay for your baby to be right were it is. And you have a proven pelvis...

Remember that your uterus is different after having 4 pregnancies. And things will be different. And your baby is different.
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