- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
so every pregnant woman should understand, that the single most important factor to an easier labour is the baby being in a good position to come out. 🙂
can we do anything to help this? Yes!
I have received this information from my prenatal package from my midwives, and also from my own research online. I highly recommend everyone check out spinningbabies.com 🙂
First of all, an ANTERIOR position means head down and their face towards your back (and is considered the ideal – back to back causes the infamous back labour pain)
In order to promote an anterior position:
– float and swim with your belly down
– practice yoga
– use forward-leaving positions at home and at work: sit on a ball, a kneeler chair, or on a chair reversed, facing the back
– sleep side-lying (preferably left side), not on your back – but only if this is comfortably and doesn’t result in less sleep!
In order to avoid promoting a posterior fetal position:
– avoid reclining in arm chairs, sitting in bucket car seats, or anything where youre knees are higher than the pelvis
– avoid crossing your legs, which reduces the space at the front of the pelvis and opens it up at the back
– avoid sitting with feet elevated
– avoid deep squatting, if the baby is known to be posterior
From 34 weeks onwards, you can take 30cc of Pulsatilla daily for optimal positioning (unnecessary if your baby is known to already be anterior)
Polar Bear position:
From 36 weeks onward, spend 15 minutes a day in Polar Bear position: with your knees and chest on the floor. Use pillows to make yourself comfortable.
There are LOTS more exercises and positions described on the spinningbabies website- all designed to help the baby move into a better position for birthing.