Tips on Flipping a Breech Baby & What Worked For Me

turning breech baby

In 17 days my little man will be 1 years old.  I’m counting down the days.  It’s coming up to fast.  Like I said before time really goes by much faster once you have kids.

This time last year I was big pregnant and getting close to the day.  I had an OB/GYN who claimed he didn’t know if the baby was head down yet, but decided that he was breech.   My OB/GYN was going off an ultrasound that was done at 32 weeks.  He got me in such a panic and was pushing a C-section on me & wanting me to have it in about a week and no longer.    I remember crying and trying out all different things from spinningbabies.com.  He wasn’t really giving me any options, so I ended up contacting my family doctor and told him what was going on.  My family doctor was way more understanding and knew that my OB/GYN was pretty much putting a deadline on for when the baby had to be out since he said my little one was Breech and he didn’t want me going into labor with a breech baby.  My OB/GYN had no other reason to push a C-section on me.  Everything was fine and I had my first little one vaginal with no problems. So, my family doctor got me in for an ultrasound to find out the actual position of the baby since my OB/GYN wouldn’t.

That evening I was in for an ultrasound to determine the position.  I laid on the table and the lady got to work the first thing she did was check where the head was and sure enough I hear her say “The baby is head down.”  I was so relieved, but said “Really? You’re sure?” and she laughed and said yea the baby is good to go.  The rest of the ultrasound was a breeze once I found out little one was in fact head down.  I’m not sure when he went head down, but I know he did even though he was a big baby.  He was 10lbs at birth and still had room to get in proper position.  Sometime you just have to give it time.

I ended up getting my normal vaginal birth and everything went as planned and overall this labor was 10 x better than my first and half the time.  Next time around I would love to have a midwife, but that won’t be for some time.

Tips & Tricks to Turning a Breech Baby

Forward Leaning Inversion: Start with doing this for 30 seconds at a time.  They recommend doing this on the stairs, but make sure to have your partner there for support. I tried this from the couch.  It helps prevent the baby from settling into your pelvis.

Breech Tilt: Get a board and prop it up on an angle from your couch.  Lay with your head closer to the floor and your feet will be at the top end.  Do this up to 3 times a day.  It helps the baby flip.

Hot & Cold: While in the breech tilt you can place a cold bag of veggies near the baby’s head and a hot pack *not too hot* near your pubic bone.  This will encourage the baby to move to the warmer spot and away from the cold

Music: Play music down by your pubic down to encourage baby to turn that way or have a family member like dad talk in the area.

Homeopathy Pulsatilla: Read more about it on Spinningbabies.com.  Remember to get advice from a professional.

Webster Maneuver

What worked for me? Like stated above I’m not sure exactly when he went head down.  I do remember waking up one night and feeling him move A LOT.  I did a combination of Breech Tilt many times a day, placing the cold pack near his head, Music, Pulsatilla, Myself sitting with proper position no slouching on the couch. I sat using the yoga ball for the full last 2 weeks.

If you’re reading this because your baby is Breech remembers to stay calm.  You still have time for your little one to get into proper position.  I’ve heard of some babies flipping last minute.  Also remember that sometimes there is a reason why they are Breech and you might not be able to do anything about it.

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