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flipping a posterior baby?? ARiMaMa*2 34 kids; California 5255 posts
19th Oct '11

So I'm almost 40 weeks & I had my dr check me today, I am finally a cm dilated but baby is posterior, she told me to spend a lot of time on my hands & knees, so that is what I'm doing, on my hands & knees rocking my hips, she said no sex or birthing ball till baby flips, well how am I supposed to know when he flips?? I keep reading online about feeling his hands in the front & I never do, I always feel them off to either my left or right side, but never in the front, so maybe he was just posterior when she checked?? She said she was touching his head when she checked me, so I know he's really low. I just wanna make sure I'm doing everything possible for my VBAC... any advice is greatly appreciated!!

vel2n 2 kids; Houston, Texas 19948 posts
19th Oct '11

i sat on a ball to help baby flip... wonder why she says no ball. i also put my knees on the edge of the couch and my head on the floor, ass over head.

Done with Drama 2 kids; California 8183 posts
19th Oct '11

I had a posterior baby for my first, my labor was LONG and hard. I would google online for ways to flip the baby, there ARE ways to do it but it takes a lot of time and patience. We finally got my baby to roll with me on my hands and knees for hours and some manual manipulation. I dont recommend you trying to manually move the baby on your own, maybe your doc will be up to try it. It took 3 midwives to get my baby to turn!

ARiMaMa*2 34 kids; California 5255 posts
19th Oct '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting vel2n:</b>" i sat on a ball to help baby flip... wonder why she says no ball. i also put my knees on the edge of the couch and my head on the floor, ass over head."</blockquote>



Probably cuz I asked if I could BOUNCE on it, she said that would just engage baby more, I need to get him to turn 1st lol



Ooh, that sounds comfy lol

vel2n 2 kids; Houston, Texas 19948 posts
19th Oct '11
Quoting ARiMaMa*2.VBAC.Hopeful*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting vel2n:</b>" i sat on a ball to help baby flip... wonder why ... [snip!] ... I could BOUNCE on it, she said that would just engage baby more, I need to get him to turn 1st lol Ooh, that sounds comfy lol"


lol, oh. yeah, bouncing is no bueno.



ass over head is god awful uncomfortable!

ARiMaMa*2 34 kids; California 5255 posts
19th Oct '11

To <blockquote><b>Quoting vel2n:</b>" lol, oh. yeah, bouncing is no bueno. ass over head is god awful uncomfortable!"</blockquote>




I like to bounce :lol: I think that's how I got to 1cm lol ... I'm on my bed on my knees with 3 pillows in front of me & I'm resting my chest & head on them, so my ass is up, not to unbearable, but boring & uncomfortable. I'm glad I have internet on my phone!!

Done with Drama 2 kids; California 8183 posts
19th Oct '11

Babies can be so frustrating when they don't cooperate with our plans!
From the article, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Jean Sutton says:
"When your baby is in a posterior position, you can try to stop him/her from descending lower. You want to avoid the baby engaging in the pelvis in this position, while you work on encouraging him to turn around. Jean Sutton says that most babies take a couple of days to turn around when the mother is working hard on positioning.



  • Avoid deep squatting
  • Use the 'knee to chest' position. When on hands and knees, stick your bottom (butt) in the air, to tip the baby back up out of your pelvis so that there is more room for him to turn around.
  • Sway your hips while on hands and knees
  • Crawl around on hands and knees. A token 5 minutes on hands and knees is unlikely to do the trick - you need to keep working at this until your baby turns. Try crawling around the carpet for half an hour - while watching TV or listening to music. It is good exercise as well as good for the baby's position!
  • Don't put your feet up! Lying back with your feet up encourages posterior presentation.
  • Swim belly-down, but avoid kicking with breaststroke legs as this movement is said to encourage the baby to descend in the pelvis [3]. You can still swim breaststroke, but simply kick with straight legs instead of "frogs' legs".
  • Try sleeping on your tummy, using lots of pillows and cushions for support."

I copied and pasted above from this: http://www.pregnancy.org/question/what-will-encourage-posterior-baby-turn

ARiMaMa*2 34 kids; California 5255 posts
19th Oct '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting MissIsolde:</b>" Babies can be so frustrating when they don't cooperate with our plans! From the article, Optimal Fetal ... [snip!] ... for support."I copied and pasted above from this: http://www.pregnancy.org/question/what-will-encourage-posterior-baby-turn"</blockquote>



Thanks, I found that earlier when I was googling, crawling on the floor hurt like shit lol, so I've been on my knees with my butt in the air, I hope this does something, I felt baby do an akward move that kinda hurt, I can only hope he turned lol

Done with Drama 2 kids; California 8183 posts
19th Oct '11
Quoting ARiMaMa*2.VBAC.Hopeful*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MissIsolde:</b>" Babies can be so frustrating when they don't ... [snip!] ... my butt in the air, I hope this does something, I felt baby do an akward move that kinda hurt, I can only hope he turned lol"


Hurting might be a good thing, I remember it hurting like a bitch when my daughter finally turned. Maybe try it for 15-20 min at a time.

M&F VBAC Graduate 19 kids; Texas 10997 posts
19th Oct '11

Hey mama,
I just wanted to let you know that malik was posterior and didnt flip until he was about to crown... my labor was 9hrs and 15 minutes of pushing

M&F VBAC Graduate 19 kids; Texas 10997 posts
19th Oct '11

My doula gave me some print outs that showed how to help get the baby in a favorable position... ican get them out once i get the kiddos to bed