The 34 Week Scan – Has the baby turned?

April 29, 2016

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had a few extra scans this pregnancy due to the possibility of my Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) causing complications. (If you need catching up, you can read about my 12 week, 20 week, 28 week and 32 week scans by clicking accordingly!) Happily, (touch wood) no kidney-related issues have cropped up and the pregnancy is all looking rather positive on that front.

However, the baby is being a bit awkward (I wonder where she gets that from? *innocent face*) so we’ve had some other issues to consider.

Earlier this week we had a growth scan as at my 32 week scan a couple of issues came up – firstly, the baby was breech still breech, as she had been at 28 weeks, but secondly, and perhaps of more concern, the baby was measuring small. This triggered a growth scan at 34 weeks.

To be honest, I wasn’t overly concerned as I felt fairly confident that the baby’s ‘drop’ in weight was down to the sonographer being unable to take the measurements she needed due to the baby’s awkward breech position. I was more concerned about the prospect of having to have a c-section if the baby didn’t turn head down.

Now, I feel I must interject here and say I have nothing against caesareans. In fact I had always imagined having a caesarean as a result of my PKD. However, at 28 weeks everything had been going swimmingly and the consultant had suggested that I could give birth in the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) at our hospital if I wished. Cue me imagining an amazing hypnobirthing-led natural delivery (we start hypnobirthing classes on Sunday!)…

So I was a bit disappointed to be back to having a c-section again. I know that it’s possible to have a breech birth and I know it’s also possible to try to turn the baby in hospital, but these aren’t options I want to consider. That doesn’t mean they’re not right for someone else though.

Anyway, I’m rambling. The long and the short of it is that I wanted to find out whether the baby had wriggled its bottom out of my pelvis and turned head down.

I went into the room filled with hope having been examined by my midwife the day before and told that she was pretty certain the baby felt head down (obviously with a caveat that bump feeling is an art, not an exact science!). Firstly, the good news is that the baby is measuring totally fine and weighs an estimated 5lb 6oz, which is more than I did when I was born, so that’s reassuring.

Then on to the position. Well, blow me, she was still breech. I had felt an awful lot of movement between seeing the midwife and having the scan, so maybe the baby’s just spinning around in there, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that she wasn’t head down.

One ray of hope is that there’s still time, and the sonographer said that because my placenta is at the back, she’s been told by a midwife that sometimes it gets in the way and babies in that situation turn a bit later. I’m booked in for another scan in a fortnight and if the baby is still breech then, we’ll discuss booking in for a c-section. I have been promised though that they scan on arrival for elective breech caesareans so if the baby has turned at the last minute, she’ll be left in there to come out when she’s ready!

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32 responses to “The 34 Week Scan – Has the baby turned?”

  1. I’m so glad baby is measuring well and fingers crossed she gets her act together and turns for you asap!xx

  2. Mama Penguin says:

    I was told my baby was breech (but by bump feeling, not scans) until finally at 36 weeks she had turned. Have you seen the website spinning babies? Lots of advice on there on gently encouraging baby to turn, such as spending time on all fours or crouched over a gym ball to give them a little extra space / gravity on their side! Not sure whether it was that for me or whether baby would have turned anyway but maybe worth a try. Hope baby turns for you!

    • Jules says:

      I have spent some time on my gym ball as you describe but some of the other suggestions on that site sound a little too perilous to me – I don’t want to hurt myself or baby! Hopefully she will turn at some point! xx

  3. Fingers crossed for 2 weeks time and baby turning round for you. #KCACOLS

  4. Fingers crossed for the next scan! Hopefully she’s just biding her time – I don’t think I’d want to be hanging out upside down until closer to the time! It sounds like you have a great attitude though – there’s not much you can control about labour, so that’s the best way to be I think. #KCACOLS

    • Jules says:

      Hopefully so – there’s still a bit of time for her to turn so I will remain positive and just try to go with the flow!

  5. Emma says:

    Oh fingers crossed I really hope baby turns for you. #KCACOLS

  6. laura dove says:

    Oh everything crossed that the baby turns for you! I used to worry about mine being breech and read all sorts on the internet about positions which encourage the baby to turn, I watched countless videos on you tube of them manually turning babies also! Good Luck, these babies tend to do exactly what they want to don’t they? #KCACOLS

  7. Sarah says:

    Fingers crossed she spins! #KCACOLS

  8. Jane Taylor says:

    Hi Jules,
    I can understand the disappointment when you had anticipated one type of birth plan and now, with an uncooperative breach baby, the plans may need to change. I really do hope that the baby turns. As you say, it isn’t too late. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    I don’t know why commentluv doesn’t work for me here. There are some sites that won’t allow my feed. I won’t try and add it here in case it goes into spam but If you are able to add a link in to my most recent post that would be marvellous but no worries if not.

  9. Emma says:

    awww, I know it’s a cliché but as long as they come out safe and sound hey, that’s the main thing. Fingers crossed buba has turned for you tho 🙂 #KCACOLS

  10. Allyson Greene says:

    Awesome news that things are going well and that all are healthy! You have time, and so does the baby for a spin! For me, I couldn’t go into labor naturally. The first time around I tried every suggestion people gave me, I drank the horrific fish oil (in milkshakes trying to mask the taste). I did long long brisk walks, I did jumping jacks. I didn’t induce labor, but I did strain my pelvic wall badly. IN the end I had to be induced, and that’s okay. Long story short, don’t try to force nature and accidentally hurt yourself! #KCACOLS

  11. Excellent news on the baby measuring well. There is still time for them to move about in there so I’ll have my fingers crossed for you. If not, you’ll still get your bundle in your arms very soon! Good luck. Thanks so much for linking to #KCACOLS and I hope you come back next Sunday.

  12. Fingers crossed they turn! Marianna turned a couple of times in the last few weeks and it felt so weird – I kept saying to my bump that there really wasn’t enough room in there for acrobatics! x #KCACOLS

    • Jules says:

      What did it feel/look like when she turned? I’ve had some strange movements but can’t work out if she’s turning or not!

  13. Savannah says:

    Firstly, I’m so happy to hear that your little baby is growing just great. I know growth concerns can be a bit alarming, so I know it’s probably a relief off your shoulders. Hoping your little girl decides to stop being so stubborn! Have you ever heard of spinning babies? ( It’s a great natural way to help promote baby to turn, and I know many women who have had great success by being diligent with the stretches <3 #KCACOLS

  14. Madeline says:

    Great news that baby is growing well, and that your PKD isn’t causing you any problems. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you that baby girl does turn in time! x #KCACOLS

  15. Jade Lloyd says:

    Turn over baby!My little boy did not move or engage right to the end..I spent ages crawling round on my hands and knees, then during labour he moves and got stuck back to back..they manually manipulated him…I had an epidural by then so nowhere near as ick as it sounds..I didn’t know you could thit that many hands ;/ Good luck! #KCACOLS

  16. Silly Mummy says:

    Aw – I had a load of extra scans due to baby measuring small too! Oddly, they were at one point threatening to induce at 37 weeks as a result – seemed strange, since she would definitely have been tiny then! Eventually, they did agree that, though she consistently measured below lowest percentile, she was growing along that line & was therefore just small & all fine. My two were both well behaved with getting in position, which was nice. But, as you say, still plenty of time – most of them do turn in the end, don’t they? Fingers crossed for you! #KCACOLS

    • Jules says:

      I’m pleased everything turned out well with your little baby. Yes, most babies do turn so I am hopeful! Thank you x

  17. The Speed Bump says:

    I’m glad to hear everything looks good with the baby even if they are still breech! When I was in being induced for pre-eclampsia, the woman in the bed opposite was having a c-section because her baby was breech. They scanned her at the last second and baby had turned so they said “We’ll leave baby to come out on her own now” – it seems a little cruel to change at the last second when someone is all psyched up for it! Although I understand why they do it. #KCACOLS

    • Jules says:

      Thank you. Yes I know what you mean about cancelling the c-section! Massive anti-climax! I wonder if that lady went on to have a natural birth in the end? x

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