Any natural tips on encouraging a breech baby to turn?

Courtney - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am 34 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. She has been in a frank breech position since 21 weeks. Today my dr discussed external version and c section. I am not so sold on the version and would love to avoide a section if I could. I will do what ever it takes to make sure she is healty though... But I was wondering if anyone had heard of some natural tips to encourage a breech baby to turn. I have about 3 weeks before I have to make some decisions...

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Courtney - posted on 03/12/2009

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Thank you thank you everyone. I am going to keep trying things and hope for the best. As of now I have an ultrasound on Monday to see how she is sitting in there. They think that she may be too big to turn on her own but I am hopeful. If not then I will have a section on April 3rd. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2009

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hi, i am 34 week pregnant and my baby is also breeched.

im with midwife friday, she says she will feel to see if he is still breeched, if he is they will send me to hospital for a scan and they will try to turn him around.

Did they not suggest this to you?

good luck

xx

Shallyn - posted on 03/06/2009

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Hey! This may sound totally weird too, but a friend of mine set up an ironing board off of her couch and lied upside-down and that turned her 2nd child. With the first one, she went into a pool and continued to do hand-stands, and that worked too. Just make sure you follow-up with your doctor if you think the baby turns on its own - that way they can take a look via ultrasound and make sure a cord did not get wrapped around the neck, etc. Good luck!!!!

Tamrha - posted on 03/01/2009

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You may also want to locate a chiropractor that does the Webster technique... or an acupuncturist. Do not wait too long on these as they may take a few visits! External version is painful and has its risks, although some find it works for them. Howeverm there is always the chance that the baby turns again. The baby may also turn his or herself. You still have time!
Its sad that they want to section because of breech, as the research shows most breech babies deliver fine! Its just that insurance companies frown upon it... & they are not taught breech birth in schools anymore.
Be sure to not go too early, as elective c-sections have tons of risks including prematurity and low birth weight. Ultrasounds simply guess at weight and are often wrong. Hopefully your baby will turn and everything works out! Keep us informed!

Yvylyn - posted on 02/28/2009

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this may sound silly but i swear i read it somewhere....use a torch and move the light downwards and 'guide' her that way. cant promise it will work but worth a try. ;) all the best...

Courtney - posted on 02/27/2009

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Thank you everyone. I have been crawling around and looking into the acupressure. I'll keep you posted...lol.

Rebekah - posted on 02/26/2009

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I was told to get on all fours and rock back and forth and also alternate arching your back up to the ceiling an it will give the baby more room to turn

Ren - posted on 02/25/2009

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At 30 weeks, my baby was still transverse (sidelying) and based off of the last ultrasound my MD was worried about him being too long to turn naturally, so we started talking C-section. But, thankfully, the Midwife suggested therapuetic massage. It wasn't particularly comfortable and it took her about 20 minutes of gradually increasing the pressure on one specific spot, but the baby turned.



The MW also insisted I have an ultrasound immediately after the massage as a precaution.



Hope this helps some.

Sheri - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have also heard of having the father put his head in the mother's lap and talk to the baby - don't know if it works but I remember reading it in more than a few places. Also, I've heard that a doula or midwife might be able to turn the baby physically through massage - might be worth looking into. Good luck!

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My fitness class instructor says that laying flat on your back and pushing your hips up to the ceiling (like a bridge) can sometimes give the baby some extra room to turn around. Not sure how well it works but it'd be worth a try...

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