At about 32 weeks, babies start to turn head down--into vertex position--and get ready for birth. However, some babies are born bottom first. This is known as the breech position or breach baby. About 3 to 4 percent of babies are breech. It's important to find out what position your baby is because it is going to affect the method of delivery. It should be noted here that most breech babies are healthy. However, breech babies are at higher risk for certain conditions during delivery such as umbilical cord prolapse, brain injury and neurological disorders. Learn how to turn a breech baby here.
Ask your doctor to perform a physical exam to make sure where your baby's head and back are located. Your doctor can also order an ultrasound to confirm that your baby is breech.
Use external cephalic version (ECV) to turn your baby. Your doctor will use her hands to turn a breech baby to head down position. This method can only be used at 37 weeks of pregnancy. Your doctor will assess your health and your baby's health to assess whether such procedure is safe for you and your baby.
Massage your abdomen to turn your breech baby. Apply massage oil or lotion first. Put your left hand near the pubic bone and your right hand on top of the uterus. Move your hands clockwise around your abdomen. Do this for at least 10 minutes everyday.
Use music to turn a breech baby. Put bellybuds at your lower abdomen area to attract the baby by music. This will encourage her to turn head down.
When sitting, sit on a chair with a straight back, keep your legs open and your knees lower than hip. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Avoid crossing your legs.
Turn your baby by using the pelvic tilt exercise. Lie on your back. Bend your knees. Tighten the abs muscles and push the low back flat against the floor. Hold for five counts. Relax and repeat.
Talk to your doctor if your baby is still breech. C-section maybe a better delivery method for some breech babies. However, you can still deliver your baby vaginally. Almost half of breech babies are delivered vaginally.
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