Ideas for turning a breech baby
First of all, I want to make absolute sure that everyone knows I am in no way a doctor and that you must consult your doctor before doing anything. With that said, my last OB visit has left me wondering about how my baby may be positioned. When she asked if I felt like the baby was head down, I told her that it seemed he flipped and I wasn't sure anymore. When she located his heart beat higher than normal she told me she wasn't sure either. I have one more week before my major exams begin, so we will know more then. In the mean time, I have been researching ways I can hopefully ensure that this little guy turns head down! Here are a few of the tips I've read:
In this MP3 player age, most people have access to music with ear phones. You can place the ear phones near the bottom of your belly to help encourage the baby to move towards the music. It is true that at about 15 weeks gestation, your baby can hear what is going on outside of the womb! There are even different devices on the market today that are made especially for playing music to your unborn baby.
When you think about it, the baby in your womb needs plenty of amniotic fluid in order to be able to move well. The more you intake water, the more your amniotic fluid will increase, which will hopefully give baby room to wiggle around. Make sure you are taking in even more water if you are pregnant during the summer months. It is amazing how quickly you can become dehydrated.
Balance or exercise ball
A balance ball is great for so many reasons! When you are pregnant you can use it for labor, stretching, and to open up your hips. By keeping your hips open you can possible help your baby have room to move to the head down position. You can sit on the balance ball while watching a favorite show or just during commercial breaks. If anything, it can help soothe that aching back! Make sure to avoid sitting in recliners or any type of chair that may compress your pelvic area. This will only make less room for baby to move.
Swimming is a great way to get in some exercise as well as open up your hips! I also have found that if I am having lower back pain, swimming is just the thing to relieve it. If you have another child, you can get in some family fun time as well!
Felicia Carter is the author of Go Graham Go, a parenting blog with advice, products and money saving tips. She has a three year old son and is expecting number two in September. Connect with Felicia on Twitter.