Thursday, April 16, 2009

What should I do to help my breech baby turn?

Dear Gail,
I was wondering what yoga position is good to help turn a baby. I have tried laying on a board upside down and my lower back gets really soar. I went to the chiropractor today and she is going to see me [again]. I am wondering what else I can do to turn this baby....

My response,
I've answered this question pretty well on my Spinning Babies Website. Let me tell you how to find it!
Go to Baby Positions and a drop down menu appears. The second link in the drop down menu is "Breech, or Bottoms up." You'll get a lot of information from About Breech.

For twins, use the same 3 Principles of Spinning Babies that you use for a single baby, increase inversion time from 30 seconds to 2 minutes or up to 20 minutes. But I'd suggest 2-5 minutes and repeat the inversions up to 3 times a day until you feel your baby kicking in the top of your uterus.

I don't recommend any particular yoga positions, for instance, I don't believe that down dog is a key position. Look to positions that balance the pelvis, especially the pelvic floor. Balance, whether through yoga, body work or repeated body balancing exercises and techniques will help baby's flip head down.

1 comment:

Kathy125 said...

Hi there -- I was looking for a discussion of breech/transverse etc. positons on twins on your website, but haven't found anything. My Baby A is transverse (posterior, I think) and Baby B is breech facing my back. I am dreaming of having a natural birth with no drugs or interventions, and if Baby A isn't vertex, my doctor won't do it. I'm 34 weeks - will the inversions work for my twins as well? (Though I'm more concerned about Baby A.) Thanks so much!

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