9 Ways to Turn a Breech or Transverse Babyby Elizabeth MacDonald
During my fifth pregnancy, I grew a STUBBORN baby. That tiny fetus decided to lay sideways instead of head down, all the way up until later-third trimester. Are you in a similar position?
Is your pregnancy ticking down, but your baby is still in a VERY unfavorable birthing position?
Is your baby breech (butt or feet down)?
Your doctor may ask you to electively schedule a c-section due to your baby's position, but you don't have to. There is still time to try everything possible to turn that baby! If you still end up with a c-section, at least you will know that you did everything and did not electively sign up for surgery.
Most midwives and OB’s will give you until 36 weeks before discussing a c-section. Even at this point, there are weeks left to work with… Only 3% of all babies are still breech at 37 weeks gestation, and with each passing week, the percentage drops. (Also, a breech baby can be delivered vaginally without issue.)
9 Ways to Help Baby Turn Head Down
#1 Wait for labor to start naturallyBaby can turn during labor. Allowing your baby to choose her birthdate ensures that she was ready to be born, and gives her every last opportunity to move into a better position.
#3 AcupunctureAn acupuncturist can apply ultra-thin, sterile needles to certain points in your body and encourage the baby to turn. It is painless and even described as relaxing.
#4 MoxibustionThis is an ancient Chinese tradition to help turn a baby using heat instead of needles. It is typically offered through an acupuncturist.
#6 HomeopathyPulsatilla is known to encourage a breech baby to turn. This windflower is one of the great homeopathic ‘drugs.’ “This herb has long been used to change unfavorable presentations prior to the onset of labor. The remedy is most effective when administered before the onset of labor.”
#7 Ice and HeatPlacing an ice pack near your baby’s head and a heating pad toward the bottom of the uterus can help the baby reposition. The cold will make the baby uncomfortable, and she should seek out the warmer area.
#8 Exercise and Correct PostureSitting, slouched (think: couch position) is one of the reasons babies find themselves in the ‘wrong’ position. Make sure to do pelvic rocks, child’s pose, and squats daily. Also, sit on an exercise ball to rock those hips and encourage your baby to move!
This occurs in a hospital or birth center setting, and it involves an ultrasound being used while the birth care provider manual pushes a baby into a better position. ECV known to be painful, but it has a 50-70% success rate.