My Baby is Breech; How Can I Get Her to Turn?

Keep your chin up - baby may raise his too.  Image by earl53

Keep your chin up and stay positive, your baby is likely to turn on his own. Image by earl53

Mother and Baby Communicate During Pregnancy

Mothers and babies are actually in constant communication during pregnancy. Feelings of contentment, for example, produce chemicals in your bloodstream that cross the placenta and reach the fetus, even affecting Baby’s brain development, just as stress and depression can result in long-term concerns for the baby as well.

The vast majority of babies will go head-down before it’s time to go into labor – only 3-5% of babies are actually breech when it’s “time.” If you can’t stand just waiting, “thinking” of the baby being head down may even have a positive effect. Looking at illustrations of term babies in head down positions can also help. Place pictures around the house, on mirrors, or wherever you will see them several times a day. Talk to your baby often, mentally or aloud, and ask her to turn. Tell her you will understand if she has a good reason for remaining breech. Don’t stress, try to feel increased feelings of warmth and love that create bonding!

Some mothers place a flashlight and/or music headphones against the bottom of their abdomen to draw a curious little one in the right direction. Many babies will turn toward the light! And the best choice in music? Your baby probably prefers the classics, even if you are a heavy metal fan!

Make More Room for Baby

Drink lots of water! Your body is always making amniotic fluid, plenty of liquid will make turning easier for your baby. As pregnancy progresses, turning becomes more difficult because the baby’s bottom is lower in the pelvic brim. Try doing handstands in a swimming pool or lying on a slantboard to reverse gravity momentarily and allow the bottom to move freely. Fifteen minutes twice a day is plenty. Swaying on an exercise ball, side lunges while standing, as well as forward-leaning positions (think downward dog and swimming) can encourage baby to move. Scrubbing floors on your hands and knees might not seem like fun, but if you do a few pelvic rocks (arch your back like a cat then go swayback like an old horse, alternate several times), you might just accomplish more than clean floors!

Caregivers Can Help With Breech Presentation

Midwives and doulas, chiropractors, homeopathic practitioners, acupuncturists and hypnotists have skills that may safely help a breech baby turn; don’t hesitate to follow-up on any solid recommendations you receive. Prenatal massages can also help you relax, assisting intuition and understanding of your baby’s needs. And if none of the above suggestions effect a change, make a decision to trust the wisdom of your unborn. Reassure your little one mentally or aloud that she is loved and eagerly awaited, whatever the circumstances of birth might be.

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