Helping baby get into position- a few questions

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Newbee

The following is not from experience, but from medical knowledge. Babies almost always get themselves into position, so try not to worry! But a few things you can LATER in the pregnany to help engage the head (right now, bub is moving around, having a great time) is side stepping up stairs (safely!), walking on sandy beaches (makes you pick up your feet) and when sitting, sit foward with bum back on chair, knees spread and leaning forward with elbows on knees (sort of halfway between a cool guy/brace position for plane crash!).  Anything that encourages opening the pelvic area. But as I said, these are useful later (approx 36 weeks onwards).

As far as lying on your back, the prob can be compression of the big vein that returns blood to your heart, resulting in reduced blood flow to brain = fainting. If you feel dizzy, don’t do it. Ways to avoid this is pop a rolled up towel or something like that under your right side (near where kidneys are).

Hope that helps a little!

Post # 4
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Newbee

Evie19:  Good!

The lying on the back problem can occur as you get bigger, so just be aware.. And make sure you’re comfortable – in hospitals they sometimes use a foam wedge under the right side, not sure how easy you could find something like that, but food for thought!

Anything which will promote opening the pelvic area is best for helping baby engage, wider steps are better, hence the beach. Don’t push yourself though, because come later in the pregnancy (and now as well!) you’ll probably get tired easily. And remember your baby will get him/herself into position, I know sometimes it doesn’t happen but that’s out of our control.

Post # 6
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Newbee

Evie19:  Of course, I totally understand! And I don’t know your medical history, but as a general statement, c-sections are relatively uncommon when not elective. And keep in mind the health professions (Ob/midwives) will keep an eye an baby’s position leading up to full term.

Wonderful! Yoga is amazing 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Evie19:  Baby will get into position, and he/she more than likely won’t do it this soon 🙂

My son hadn’t turned, and I was in the 30+ weeks. I was reading about spinning, I think it is called, and those tecniques can help baby get into position. There is also something the chiropractor or physical therapist can do to get baby to possibly turn as well.

I ended up just being patient, and he turned pretty late in the game. I was walking and swirling my hips on an exercise ball to try to get him to move (I also did this a few weeks prior to having my son hoping it would get me to dilate a bit, and it didn’t work althogh I did go into labor not long after).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Evie19:  That’s the best thing you can do, and you will really thank yourself when it comes to labor for doing pelvic exercises.

By the way, this You Tube channel has some great pevic exercises if you’re interested. I did these, and while I don’t know for sure if they did the trick, but it makes me wonder since two weeks after I started them my son was turned and born http://www.youtube.com/user/steadyhealth

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Evie19:  My baby was breech at my 28 week and my 30 week appointments. My midwife told me to check out the spinning babies website just to see what it involved. I was nervous about my baby not turning head down even though they told me that there was plenty of time and I shouldn’t worry until 34 weeks or even later. Anyways, at my 32 week appointment my baby was head down so that was a relief. The midwife said that as they get bigger and the uterus gets more crowded they will turn head down so they have more room (since the uterus is somewhat pear-shaped). At less than about 34 weeks they aren’t too crowded yet so aren’t too motivated to turn head down. I know it’s easier said than done, but try not to worry about it yet! If your baby isn’t head down in a four to six weeks, then you can take action to get it to turn. Have fun at the beach!

PS oh, one more thing. My midwife said worse case scenario- if my baby was STILL breech at 38 weeks, they would get their OB to turn it for me. The next step is not necessarily a c-section- they can actually manually turn it. Obviously I would prefer to not undergo that, but still better than the c-section!

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