Breech Baby: Natural Ways To Turn The Baby Before Your Due Date
If you've found out that your baby is breech during the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you may be worried that the vaginal delivery you hoped for will not be a reality, as most babies who present feet-first during labor are delivered via Caesarian section instead. However, don't be discouraged quite yet, as there are some things you can do to motivate your baby to literally head south.
1. Visit your chiropractor.
Chiropractors who are trained in the Webster technique can help to motivate your baby to move into the correct position for birth. Often, a baby who is breech is unable to turn around because a misaligned pelvis and tight round ligaments supporting the lower belly restrict the baby's ability to make 180 degree turn in the womb. The Webster technique focuses on relaxing the pelvis, causing it to align and widen, helped by the relaxin already present in a pregnant woman's body. The ligaments will also loosen once the pressure caused by subluxations in the spine and pelvis are relieved.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can also help make the birthing process easier for both you and your baby, as a properly functioning pelvis and sacrum will reduce labor pain and help to widen the birthing path of the baby.
2. Change your position.
Once your baby has dropped low into your pelvis, as is common during the final weeks of pregnancy, it is difficult to get him or her to maneuver well enough to turn around. The way you position your body can help give your baby room to spin. A common position is to get onto your hands and knees, and then slowly lower your upper body to the ground, so that your behind is elevated into the air. This helps the baby to slide up out of the pelvic area, potentially giving him or her the chance to move into a more optimal birthing position. You can hold this position for several minutes, and try it a few times per day until your baby's position changes.
You can also prevent your baby from assuming a breech position in the first place by during pelvic tilts each day (raising your pelvis above your abdomen), rolling over in bed by going onto your hands and knees instead of your back to change sides, and by doing "cat-cow" exercises each day during your last trimester.
A feet-first birthing experience can be challenging, so talk to your care provider about the options available to you if your baby is breech.
To learn more, contact a chiropractic clinic like Gehrig Family Chiropractic Center.