- That your baby’s in Breech Position
- If your baby doesn’t turn, you will be scheduled for a C-Section.
Let’s read on to find out what the strategies are to turn breech babies!
When you lean forward, you are creating space for your baby
Sit like your mum said you shouldn’t sit.
When you lean back or recline, your baby’s face is pushed into your spine
No posterior tils.
Which position is least optimal?
The breech position is the least optimal of all fetal positions.
Try not to sit with your knees above your hips.
Once your knees higher than your pelvis, you inevitably transform into a posterior tilt, which lessens the space available for your baby head to comfortably rest in your pelvis.. Better not to sit on the floor, on beanbags or on low chairs!
Your baby is floating around in the amniotic sac and you want to allow the baby space to move around! For this to happen, it is good to foster the habit from early in your pregnancy to always hydrate. More than 2 liters of water a day is a good goal to aim for!
Drinking water also helps when you have swelling in your calves, ankles or feet. It is counter-intuitive, but continuous hydration is always a good thing.
What is always regrettable is when you go for a scan and your amniotic levels are low. This is preventable just through regular and adequate hydration. Most importantly, it allows a baby when breech to turn around without too much difficulty!
This would include:
The idea of Aversion Strategies is to make your baby move away from something he or she is averse to. This would include cold, stimulating substances, or even a light source. The hope is that the baby will turn AWAY FROM whatever you are placing near the head.
It could be:
This is a little more intense, but there are good practitioners who will be able to perform this maneuver confidently.
Because this is not so comfortable, it is important that you trust the Obstetrician who is performing this maneuver. Additionally, it will be more effective the more relaxed you are when the ECV is being performed on you. You may employ natural ways to feel relaxed, e.g. lavender essential oil or your obstetrician may prescribe medications that help to relax your womb.
The Obstetrician may not want to proceed with ECV too far past the 37th week because of the increasing size of the baby and the decreasing levels of amniotic fluid. Therefore, it is important to know about this option and to explore this option even while you are trying other less intrusive alternatives.
If you know you have a breech or posterior, it is best to start treatment early around week 33-34, and not to wait till past week 36. It is best if treatment is sustained for one full course of 10 days
You should received treatment while concurrently complementing with postural change exercises and other natural interventions.
Not to worry, this type of treatment will not trigger an induction. If anything, you may not even feel contraction or cramps. Most likely, you will feel your baby moving more than usual while the treatment is ongoing. The acupuncture points used to turn a breech baby are meant to ‘nudge’ the baby into a head-down position. This is slightly different than acupuncture points used to bring on labor when you are post-dates or past your EDD. Those acupuncture points help to stimulate uterine contraction and start the physiological processes that then lead to the first phase of labor!