Breech Baby? What You Need to Know

A breech presenting baby is one who has his head up and bottom down. Breech vaginal birth is safe with a patient doctor with breech experience. The outcome of vaginally delivered babies is excellent. The chance of complication is quite rare. The one problem is a hyper extended neck. While there are some doctors who are willing to deliver breech babies, too often they are more willing to perform a cesarean. This makes it important to try and turn the baby to vertex position. First, check with your caregiver to see if there is any medical reason why you should not try these things. Do not be discouraged if he laughs and says 'It will not work!' You can encourage your baby to turn.

Water Works
Immersing yourself in water will increase your amniotic fluid, helpful to the baby's turning. Try the tub. Fill it with warm water and soak, while visualizing and verbally encouraging your baby to turn.

If you have access to a pool, get in it! Do a headstand in the water! Simply playing, turning somersaults, and swimming can encourage the baby to turn. Try diving headfirst into the pool, if the pool is deep enough. Be sure the pool is warm enough for you to relax.

Chiropractor Visits
A visit or two to the chiropractor can be a great benefit. An adjustment called the 'Webster breech-turn technique' can give the baby the extra space he needs to turn.

Exercises
Do not try this if you have high blood pressure. Try breech tilts -- 10 minutes twice a day for two to three weeks after the 30th week. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair. You may also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips. Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. The pelvis needs to be raised 9 to 12 inches above the head. Relax and breathe deeply. This should be done on an empty stomach, while the baby is active. Continue only until baby has turned.

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