is there any tricks to getting the baby out of the breech position?

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2012 ( 27 moms have responded )

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i'm due August 29th the baby is still breech is there anything i can do to get him to turn?

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Kaitlin - posted on 06/11/2012

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AUGUST 29th? You still have TONS of time- plenty of time for him/her to spin around several more times before they are born.
As you get closer, if they are concerned, your doc/midwife may suggest things like rocking on your hands and knees, having sex (surprise surprise, right? lol) and as a last ditch, they may try to rotate baby from the outside. But really, you have tons of time still.

Jessica - posted on 06/13/2012

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Chiropractic will definitely help. There's a gentle technique (Webster) that helped with my breech little one during my last pregnancy. Couldn't have been happier with my chiropractor for being such a great help!

Terra - posted on 06/12/2012

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www.spinningbabies.com is a great site to help you learn about optimal fetal positioning and how to encourage it in your day to day life. You'd be surprised how much of our daily routine actually encourages a baby to be breech. There are also lots of exercises there that you can do to help turn a breach baby both before and during labor (yep, believe it or not babies can actually turn during labor). I would highly suggest that you find a chiropractor that is experienced in treating pregnant woman. Not only can they help your baby turn if necessary but it can make the rest of your pregnancy so much more comfortable.

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2012

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My baby was head down the whole time until 38 weeks then she turned breech. Went to the hospital at 39weeks to have the Doctor turn her and found out she had turned back to head down. And she was 8 pounds. And it was my third baby.

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Sharlene - posted on 06/30/2012

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the baby still has time to turn. My third was breach until 1 week from birth. He turned Dec 31 and was born 6 weeks early on Jan 8. I was told they are usually born within a week or two after they turnbut I dont know if there is any truth to it. Try to enjoy your pregnancy although uncomfortable as it will be with a breach. Nature will take its course and hopefully turn his or her around. Have a safe birth.

Jennifer - posted on 06/27/2012

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thanks everyone for the advice figured there wasn't anything to worry about considering the doctor didn't seem concerned but just wanted to make sure

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2012

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My baby was head down the whole time until 38 weeks then she turned breech. Went to the hospital at 39weeks to have the Doctor turn her and found out she had turned back to head down. And she was 8 pounds. And it was my third baby.

Pam - posted on 06/15/2012

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It's too early to worry, has lots of space in there to sumersault lol my baby was breech and I delivered him vaginally with no problems at all, no intervention was required, but u just have to push a little slower as the babys body's delivered so they can work the legs and arms out and check the cord placement but otherwise I wouldn't worry too much, it was no harder or any more painful than a normal ceph delivery. He was born at normal speed with no brain damage-which was the biggest concern and no other problems either. I did have an audience though cuz its so rare to deliver them naturally! Best of luck! Pam

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2012

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Usually with each pregnancy they turn later. Being your 3rd one I wouldn't worry at all for now. He may wait until the last minute but the hands and knees won't hurt for now either.

Lisa - posted on 06/13/2012

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My second was transverse (sideways most of my pregnancy. She was head down a week before she was born, and then she flipped breech 5 days after my due date and had to be an emergency c-section (watts broke.
Point is they can change at any time, any direction.

Dana - posted on 06/13/2012

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My son was also breach. He was born 7 weeks early & as soon as I signed the paperwork for an emergency C-Section, the little bugger flipped head down. Funny thing is, today is his 13th birthday!!

Tabitha - posted on 06/13/2012

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I am due a week before you and my baby is still sideways kind of in a v piston with feet and head in my ribs,i think there is still enough time for them to move i wouldn't be too concerned yet!

Jill - posted on 06/13/2012

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You still have plenty of time. It isn't unusual for a baby to not be head down when you're only 75% through the pregnancy. Even if he turns today, he can turn back tomorrow.

My first son was breach until less than a week before I went into labor. I don't know if he turned on his own, or if the cat-stretching and rocking I did helped him.

Melissa - posted on 06/13/2012

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When I was 37 weeks my son turned breech from me siiting in a reclining chair. All I can say is it is worth a try!!Good luck!

Deanna - posted on 06/13/2012

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The baby may wait until the last minute to turn. My son was breach until about a month before. Time will help. Also, walking can help.

Charmaine - posted on 06/13/2012

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When had less then 2 weeks until my third was due, he was in breach and I was so so so uncomfortable! I squatted on the couch, put my hands on the floor and lifted my legs up the back. My hubby laid down and rubbed my belly in a circular motion telling bi by to move for mummy. Even my 1 and 3 year old joined in telling bubby to move for me, too cute. I had my appt the next morning and, sure enough, he had turned. Yes it was awkward
D but I was desperate. I know you have a vit of time to go, but if you like try something like that, you never know . . . I wish you all the best as you await your new arrival, best of luck!

Pamela - posted on 06/12/2012

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Yes. Get down on all fours (hands and knees) and then rock the baby by softly and gently flexing the spine by first arching up, dropping the head down and then arc the spine down lifting the head. Similar to what a cat does when they stretch in this manner.

Rock your body like this, slowly and gently for about ten minutes at a time, several times a day. This is used to help the baby turn around on it's own.

What this look like is putting your body in the shape of a rainbow and then imagine turning the rainbow upside down so your body is in the opposite arc! Hope this is clear to you.

The highest and best to you and yours!

Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2012

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yea i kinda figured there was nothing to worry about this is my third child actually but i never had an ultrasound this far into my pregnancy so it was new to me

User - posted on 06/12/2012

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When my daughter had her last baby at home with two midwives in attendance, she was told to kneel in front of the sofa with her arms on the sofa, and rock back and forth for 20 minutes. Then lay on her right side for 20 min., then back to the sofa for 20 min., etc. for about an hour everyday. to transition. This, because her baby was in breech position right up to the week before she was born. It looked as if she might have to scrap the home birth, but the baby turned just hours before she went into labor. She had an 11 lb. girl at home, and didn't even tear!!! Mind you, it was her third.

Markita - posted on 06/12/2012

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Way too early for you to worry about that yet. Just relax and enjoy the pregnancy, most likely the baby will turn on his own when it's closer to delivery time.

TealRose - posted on 06/12/2012

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First yes, it's very early to start worrying and the baby will probably turn on it's own!

Second - Hands and knees isn't enough, you have to fold your arms and lean on them with your bum in the air! The weight of the baby itself should make it turn so that it's facing your spine and not your front. [THAT is also not a good way to give birth - it happens 'face to pubis' and is supposedly quite 'rare'. BOTH my children were born this way despite my 20 mins a night on my hands and knees etc ... and it's a long and more painful labour !

Kim - posted on 06/11/2012

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Too early to worry, but acupuncture can work if it becomes necessary late in your pregnancy

Sherri - posted on 06/11/2012

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You are WAY early yet to even contemplate worrying yet. No there are no tricks. Trust me mother nature does what it is supposed too and only 3% of all babies ever stay breech. My baby turned the week before he was due. You are fine and don't stress about it.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/11/2012

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Yes, it's still way early. I remember my baby went into birthing position 4 weeks before I was due. Before that he was always moving around and mostly lying sideways. The midwife said, "Oh, with first-time mothers it often happens early like this." So if 4 weeks was early, you have NOTHING to worry about.



But I do remember that I was told to spend 15 minutes on my hands and knees daily for the last trimester, just as a precautionary measure.

Krista - posted on 06/11/2012

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Believe it or not, my acupuncturist says that there are acupuncture methods that can help the baby to turn. It may be worth a try.

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