Any Tips Breech Baby

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JM - October 31

I am 35 weeks and baby is breech. I have realized he is breech since about 30 weeks when we were able to really start feeling his round, hard little head. He is active, but doesn't move further down than a somewhat diagonal -- maybe 30 degrees. And he has to do a 180!!!! I will do most anything to avoid a C-section. Any tips on turning a breech baby? My doctor will recommend the manual external version if he is still breech at 37 weeks. Thank you!!!!!


LRK - October 31

I hear that some inverted yoga poses can help prompt the baby to move (like downward dog), but don't take my word for it--ask a prenatal yoga instructor.


jw - October 31

i've heard to take a bath in just a little bit of pretty warm water so that the baby wants to go down to it, going to a (licensed and experienced with pregnant women) chiropractor, and also heard of acupuncture. personally i'd only try the bath but i have two breech twins at 35 weeks so I don't think I have much of a choice now! you aren't too late for him to turn, however, and maybe the manual turning will work. good luck!!!


Melissa - November 1

I have heard that lying with your head lower than the rest of your body is supposed to help them turn (in the medical world it is called trendelumburg position - most hospital beds will have a lever that drops tilts the head of the bed down and the feet up). Although I am not sure how you could accomplish this at home! Maybe lying with your feet up on a wall with a few pillows under your hips for an hour or so each evening?


Melissa - November 1

Found this section on a midwife website: "Begin at 32-35 weeks gestation. Do 3 times daily for 10-15 minutes each time, when you have an empty stomach, and the baby is active. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair 12 to 18 inches high (or may use slant board). Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. Relax, breathe deeply, avoid tenseness. May also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18" above shoulders. Gravity pushes the baby's head into the fundus, tucks it, and baby can then do a somersault to a vertex position. I advise my ladies with breech babies to lie on the slant board (a lot of pillows on the floor below the sofa will work, or the ironing board works too) for 5-10 minutes 5 times a day on an empty stomach. This has an 87% success rate if done by the 37th week. Just plain swimming can help the baby turn because of the stretching and crouching involved. Maybe doing some bobbing (crouching on bottom of pool in deep water and then pushing off and reaching your hands up high as you break through the water) would be a useful exercise. Also, do what you can to increase that amniotic fluid. Drink plenty of water, and being in deep water will squeeze the fluids in your tissues into your bloodstream and increase the volume of amniotic fluid. " Hope these help!


tina - November 1

hi, I was breech up until 36 weeks. And the doctor kept telling me to wait, and she would flip. Sure enough when I went for my my last check up she was head down.


JM - November 1

Thank you all for your replies. I will definitely try the bath! I did try the lying upside down on the ironing board (propped up on the sofa) for 20 min --- wow what a horrible head rush and nausea. I also found an article that basically suggests crawling around your house for 10 minutes a few times a day. Plus, I'm going to my Doc every week now. Hopefully he'll flip soon! Thanks again!


Tara - November 2

My friend did the manual version a couple days before her due date and she said it was horribly painful she said the doc literally straddled her abdomen and tried to manuever her tummy different ways to see if the baby would move, the baby started getting stressed so he had to stop and she never did move into position so she had to have a c/s...


D - November 3

I heard the manual pushing on your stomach is stressful for the baby and can be dangerous, I am NOT going to consent to that (if they even give me a choice).



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