How to encourage babies head to engage?

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm 37 weeks pregnant on my second baby and I've been told by doctors that if my baby's head is not engaged by my due date i will need a section. I had a section on my first baby and it was not an experience i wish to repeat. Has anyone any tips on how to encourage the baby's head down? I'm on a 3 week deadline!! lol

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Rachel - posted on 01/22/2011

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thanks everyone! my usual doctor said it was wrong of the other doctor to jump so quickly to a c-section so i am being induced on wednesday! fingers crossed all goes well!

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Amy - posted on 01/21/2011

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I would consider seeing another doctor. Find a doc that is not so quick to say you need a c-section.

Hayley - posted on 01/20/2011

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I posted the same thing a while ago and did I have some funny suggestions. One included putting a torch up a certain ORIFICE lol! but we wont go there :)
Other than that there are the usual suggestions
scrubbing floor boards/skirting boards
rocking on all fours
Walking
Bit of light dancing.
I'm due next Thursday and my baby only just turned so there's still time!!!

Sam - posted on 01/16/2011

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At my 35 week appointment with my daughter, my doc was concerned with her head positioning as well. He had me do something similar to the downward facing dog[don't know if you're into yoga]. He told me every night right after I'd get in bed to go to sleep, to get down on my knees and forearms for five minutes. It wasn't particularly comfortable, but I went in a week later, and she was in birthing position where she stayed the rest of my pregnancy.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2011

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Walking is good, but the best thing you can do to get the babies head in the right spot is spending time on your hands and knees. Being in that position encourages the baby to fully engage. My mom has a huge house with hard wood floors and the two weeks before I have had mine I clean those floors on my hands and knees every day. I have severe scoliosis and my babies (3 so far) have not yet engaged for me prior to going into labor. In fact I have had two breech babies less than a month before my due date and being in a hands and knees position got them to turn and at least be head down. With my second the baby was so high they said I would have to have a c-section. But I didn't want one so I told them no and pushed for 4.5 hours. It was the hardest thing I ever did, but if you have a good midwife/doula who can support you and help you push properly in the right position you can get a baby out no matter how it is sitting in there. Our bodies are amazing so don't give in. If delivery naturally is important to you then you can do it.

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Go dancing! and I don't mean slow dancing go get your groove on, walk lots, not to the point of exertion obviously but get yourself moving as much as you can :) My sons head "engaged" while I was standing at the stove cooking dinner after a week full of fun-filled activities like chasing a bunch of kids I was babysiting all day, walking out ot a friend of mines bout a 45 min walk, I had spent a while sedentary due to fatigue but once I got moving everything got going and I had him the following week. Best of luck!

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