How to Turn Breech Baby?
A baby’s head will turn from its birth position at around 5 months of age. If you are having trouble with your baby turning head down, then you need to try different things before giving up. You may have been using the wrong positions or even not using any positions at all. Some babies do not turn their heads down until they are older than 6 months old. However, most babies start turning head down between 4 and 6 months of age. There are many reasons why your baby might not turn her head down. For example, she may be too big or small for you to turn her properly. She may also be too young to learn the proper way to do it. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to go through with it because she feels scared or nervous about doing so. Whatever the reason, there are several things you can try to make sure your baby turns head down.
Try Position #1: The “Breech” Position
The first thing you should try is the “breech” position. This is where you lie on top of your belly facing each other and your legs wrapped around one another.
Your arms should be crossed over each other and resting on either side of her chest. While your head is touching, you should be trying to gently pull her head towards your pubic bone with your hands. Her head should be coming down slowly but surely because this will allow her chin to clear your pelvis and then her face will start to follow. Your baby’s head is most likely to turn when you are doing this position, but it might still take awhile for it to happen.
Try Position #2: The “Pushing” Position
The second position you could try is the one that most women are familiar with. It is the position that you probably used when giving birth to your first child.
All you need to do is lay on your back and then put your legs up against a wall or stand with your feet spread apart and rest your calves and ankles on the edge of a chair. You should be able to feel your baby’s head dropping down between your thighs. This position is a little more comfortable than the first one and will allow your baby to drop down a little further. You may have to repeat this several times before you start to notice any difference, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t seem to be working at first.
Try Position #3: The “Standing Up” Position
The third and final position involves you getting up off the bed or chair and standing up straight with your legs apart. With one hand, you should grab hold of one leg and pull it up and slightly towards the opposite side.
You should do this several times before you will feel your baby moving down into your pelvis. Because this position puts quite a bit of strain on your back, you may have to stop every few minutes in order to avoid any sort of back injury. You should only use this position in conjunction with one of the other two positions.
In addition, most women find that doing kegel exercises on a regular basis can help them to avoid putting themselves into a breech presentation in the first place. Kegel exercises can also help speed up the birthing process and make it easier for your baby to turn naturally.
You can perform these exercises at any time during the day by simply stopping the flow of urine mid-stream several times in a row. If you happen to have a balloon, you can also place it between your knees and try to hold the air in for as long as you possibly can.
Whatever you do, don’t start turning your baby by yourself. While it may seem like the most logical thing to do, you could end up doing more harm than good.
Always seek the advice of your physician or midwife before attempting any type of home remedies.
Turning A Breech Baby – The Bottom Line
While there are likely to be no more than two healthy babies coming out of your birth canal during the big day, it is still entirely possible for either one or both of them to arrive in a breech presentation. While this can prove to be a little scary for first-time parents, there are many techniques that you can use to help your baby flip.
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