There are few things that are as exciting when pregnant as guessing which way the baby is positioned in the womb. Also, there are few things as hilarious as a mother finding out that the "head" she had been lovingly stroking was the butt all along. No reason to ever tell the little munchkin, but funny nonetheless. There are some tips to figure it out once the pregnancy gets further along. For example, if the baby hiccups and it's felt higher up in the belly - the baby likely has his head up. If the baby is kicking above the belly button then he or she has gotten themselves head down.
When playing the guessing game on the position of the baby there only a few ways that it can go - up or down. Then there are variations of those in which the baby can be slightly turned. If a baby is positioned with their head up, that is referred to as breech. The variations of this include Footling breech (baby head up with on or both feet down), Complete breech (baby's head up with butt down and legs cross legged), and Frank Breech (baby's head up, bottom down and legs up by the head.)
These terms might sound scary to mothers that are unsure as to what it means, so we are going to break down why they shouldn't freak out if the baby is breech.
15 Babies Turn At Night
Well, that is certainly a little bit tricky. Getting everyone all worked up and than fixing it in the middle of the night when you can't even monitor the situation. That means that you will likely go to sleep with the baby kicking you right in the breadbasket all night and wake up to some pretty good jabs to the ribs. That is if you are able to feel and decipher the difference in being punched and kicked.
If your placenta happens to be in the front, you may feel that the baby's movements are a little bit muffled. That can result in a difficult time figuring out what is happening in what area. Don't despair. You can still tell when you go into your doctor's appointment. The midwife or doctor will let you know which way the baby has arranged themselves when they do some feeling around and finding the baby's heartbeat.
14 Working With Gravity Can Help Turn Baby
If you are worried that the baby won't get in the correct position before eviction day, there are exercises and movements that you can use to try and get the baby on the right track. You may have looked into yoga, being upside down, pelvic tilt exercises on the floor, and swimming. These things basically try to ease the baby into head down position by using gravity and the movements to guide baby's head down into the pelvic cavity.
It is difficult to give a success rate on the techniques as we don't know if the baby would have magically turned by themselves or not. However, sometimes it just feels better to feel proactive in this situation and I can't fault a mom for doing anything in her power to turn that baby right 'round (right round, like a record baby.) Plus as an added bonus exercise is good for your body anyway.
13 There Is A Baby Turning Technique The Doctor Can Try
This baby turning technique is called external cephalic version or (ECV). If the baby does not get turned around by 37 weeks the doctor will sometimes give this a try. This turning of the baby is done by a midwife or a doctor. They attempt to move the baby around using pressure on the outside of your body. This is usually done with the help of medication that relaxes your uterus. This medication should be safe for your baby. They say that this is uncomfortable, but not painful. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have not had this done, and therefore can't give a first hand account on how it feels. I hope that someone who has experienced it can leave some comments to let us know how it went for them.
12 Subsequent Pregnancies Turn Easier
That is to say, if this is not your first pregnancy and the baby turns breech - you may find that the baby boy or girl is able to more easily flip around. This is due to the amount of room that they will enjoy after their older siblings stretched out their little one womb apartment. Your abdominal walls and your pelvic muscles aren't likely to be as tight as a first time mom's so this allows a little bit of fun bounce house room in there for the baby girl or baby boy. They may take advantage of this room when getting into head down position, and then maybe popping back down to breech... but then hopefully ending up in the correct position at the end. The problem is that just like there is more room to make corrections, there is more room for them to find themselves flipped the wrong way also.
11 The More Babies, The More Likely They Are To Be Breech
But... You just said that subsequent pregnancies have more room to turn? You are correct and that assertion is still correct. However, statistically speaking, the more babies that you have, the more likely it is that you may have one that is breech. That's because you are giving the universe more times to take a crack at landing a baby the wrong way. What are the chances all of your kids are going to get this whole thing correct right off the bat? This isn't something that should hinder you from having more kids, it's just another way to look at things. First time moms typically will see that once they have the baby locked in position, they will have any turning going on.
10 Forward-Leaning Inversion Can Help Turn The Baby
Never heard of this? Let me fill you in. This is actually something that is recommended whether your baby is breech or not. It's to help get baby into the correct position. This inversion is usually performed for about 10-15 minutes. You can try to work it in before bed or during the breaks in a tv show. You are going to rest in child's pose (yoga pose) or rock back and forth on your hands and knees. This is going to do some magic on relaxing those pelvic muscles and pull things down to where they need to be in the uterus. If your back is a little pained lately this could also help to stretch that a little bit too. The caveat to this is that it's not necessarily evidence based as again if the baby does turn, there is no way to know what caused it. This is not harmful.
9 Acupuncture And Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a form of acupuncture that uses a slightly different tool. Instead of using the traditional needles, something called a mugwort stick is used. A mugwort stick looks like a cigar if you are trying to visualize it. One of the ends of the stick is lit, but the end that touches you will be the unlit side of the stick (sigh of relief.) There is a pressure point on a pregnant ladies baby toe that is said to help turn the baby. This not harmful to try. Again, there is no evidence available to prove that this is helpful. I have personal antidotes for acupuncture benefiting me in becoming pregnant, leading me to believe this would be something I personally would try. However there are different beliefs and comfort levels, so this may not call to you as tool for your situation.
8 Chiropractics Can Be Tried To Turn The Baby
Specifically there is a chiropractic technique called the Webster technique. There are videos on YouTube to see what it's all about. It is about addressing any asymmetry in the body to get some opening for the baby to move down. This is specifically addressing symmetry in the hip bones and the pelvis. If you are comfortable in seeing your chiropractor, you can ask them about checking to see if your ligaments are shorter. Do not do anything that you are uncomfortable with at the chiropractor. You know your body at this point and if it feels wrong it's okay to excuse yourself. Also, make sure you understand exactly what they are going to do before they do it. This is more of a word of caution if you don't regularly attend a chiropractic clinic.
7 Music Can Be Tried To Turn The Baby
This one is cute. It might be more of an old wives' tale than a solid piece medical advice, but it doesn't really hurt to try it. Apparently, if you hold music up to your belly and move the source of the music lower, the baby will try to find the music. Meaning the baby will flip over to try to hear it better. Not surprisingly, there is no medical evidence to back up this method. We can all agree that this is pretty fun to picture in our heads. A little baby scratching it's chin and wondering, "Now where is that sound coming from? Is that Taylor Swift I hear? I have got to get closer to find out." And then promptly rolling into a somersault position to get themselves un-breeched. I'm not sure if it matters the type of music that you use.
6 Try Cold Vegetables To Coax The Baby To Turn
Well, this is rather interesting. Some people swear by the method of putting a cold bag of vegetables at the top of the baby bump in order to make the baby cold. Then the baby will get it's head down where it belongs in order to avoid the cold. The problem with this is "What if the cold never bothered her anyway?" Yep, I did need to quote Frozen. This is listed on the What To Expect website and it does seem like some people swear by it. It seems like it would really be more miserable for the pregnant lady than anything, but it's been awhile since I've been in a womb. I may have a skewed perspective. If you do try this, make sure that you record this memory somewhere. Then see if the kid ends up having an aversion to the frozen food that you used to try to manipulate them to get out of breech position.
5 Breech Baby's Under Certain Circumstances Can Be Delivered
There are some circumstances in which doctors might allow you to try to give birth to a breech baby. This I'm sure varies by doctor. Here are some examples of criteria that some doctors want met in order to try to labor: baby is in frank breech position, baby is not too big, the baby is not in distress, the mother has not experienced any pregnancy complications, and your provider has experience doing these in the past.
It is more likely that you would be able to do this too if you have had prior vaginal deliveries as you likely have more room in the pelvis and everything in order to get the baby out swiftly. Occasionally if this is a twin pregnancy they may attempt to deliver one baby vaginally as breech as long as the other baby is correctly positioned. Do your research and talk to your doctor about all these things.
4 The Baby May Be Breech For Good Reason
There are occasionally good reason for the baby not want to move. They may not be able to move. They could have hit a growth spurt and got stuck the way they are. They could have the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck or they are wedged too far into the pelvis with no room to move. If any of those things are happening it is unlikely that any music or cold vegetables are going to get that little guy (or gal) to be unstuck.
Also, in some circumstances it could be detrimental to the baby to try to get out of that spot. There is no reason to go into specifics, but it is a cautious situation that your doctor should evaluate to make sure that the baby is safe. In breech births the vast number of complications that arise are from the attempt at vaginal delivery. That is not to say you shouldn't try it as everyone is going to have unique circumstances.
3 Only 3% Of Babies Are Still Breech by 37 Weeks
That is an impressive statistic on it's own. Let's add to the consideration that 30% of babies are breech at 30-32 weeks. That means that those little stinkers get themselves turned right around a good amount of time. Good job, babies! You are already making mommy proud. So you see based on the percentages, this likely is not going to be your reality in a few weeks. I can't guarantee that you won't be breech by the end, but for quite a few of you, we can safely say it's going to be just fine. The baby is likely going to turn on their own and things will fall into place before you go into labor. Now comes the advice that you know you should take and will not be able to - don't worry. So easy to type out. It rolls right off the fingertips, but you aren't convinced yet? Well, let's work through some more reasons to relax.
2 Good Practice For Adjusting Plans
Sometimes when you have a baby or kid things change in an instant. You might be at Chilli's celebrating the 18 month picture shoot that was just completed and than BAM a fountain of chocolate milk shoots forth from said 18 month old. There is no time to think, you just act. You do what you have to get out of there. You grab the baby and you hold them close to you and walk through the maze of people to get out of the building and take them home. That is what you will do when you have deal with this breech baby. You may have planned to have a nice delivery with all the fixin's, but the universe might just throw up on you at Chilli's. It's okay though because you get to take the baby home.
1 C-Sections Are Available If Necessary
We live in a really good time. There are many options for delivery methods and healthcare providers. It sucks if you had your heart set on vaginal delivery and you end up having to have to look at C-section as a very likely option. You should know now that we got this far, that 90 percent of babies that are still breech once labor has started are delivered through C-sections. If that ends up to be you, the important thing that you need to keep in mind is that you didn't fail, that this is likely the safest decision for you and the baby, and you overcame a whole heck of a lot. That makes you amazing no matter how you gave birth. Also, I can't believe the vegetables didn't get things turned around. That baby is seriously stubborn, huh?