Tell me about how you turned your baby...

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Marite13's picture
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Tell me about how you turned your baby...

I just had my 34 week appt today, and found out through a 2 second ultrasound that baby is breech. I know it's still early, but, needless to say, with how committed I am to a natural birth, I'm kind of freaking out. Sad

So, I do really know all the little tricks already (will continue to see chiro, have acupuncture appt on Monday, will spend time on hands and knees, will attempt to use cold and light to lure baby down)... I just need to hear some good stories!

Anybody got one?

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I wish I knew the tricks, but I don't. I do know there is still time for baby to turn!
What position is your baby in?

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My Hypnobirthing instructor posted this on the Natural Childbirth facebook page she runs. Tons of great info on turning breeches!

http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/breech.html#Hypnosis

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My chiro says if it is before 36 weeks he has a 90 percent sucess rate with turning a breech baby. There are special techniques they use. I would make an apoointment right away since I think they will be your best bet.

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I didn't have a breech babe but my chiro also has great success turning babies so I would start seeing one stat!

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She does say she's already seeing a chiro, and I do think that's a really good bet!

The main additional thing I'd try to do is simply RELAX. As my HB instructor says, a relaxed uterus gives them the room to turn far more easily than a tight, stressed out uterus. Also, talk to your baby about turning in quiet moments, every chance you get. Neither can hurt, right? Two different moms on my regular BB both just told stories about lying down and telling the baby to turn working (one was firsthand, one second)

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I'm assuming you've seen spinningbabies? http://spinningbabies.com/

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My acupuncturist does moxibustion to turn breech babies - I know there is a pretty high success rate based on the time you do it too.

Are you doing any inversions?

If you have the Thinking Woman's Guide there is a chapter on breech babies and there are a few positions suggested to do at home!

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"faeriecurls" wrote:

My acupuncturist does moxibustion to turn breech babies - I know there is a pretty high success rate based on the time you do it too.

Are you doing any inversions?

If you have the Thinking Woman's Guide there is a chapter on breech babies and there are a few positions suggested to do at home!

I have been doing some inversions- but one of my friends shared her own story that her baby was breech at 36 weeks, she was doing a downward dog, 10 minutes later her water broke, and she ended up having an emergency c-section that day! That made me a little nervous to be too aggressive with inversions at home.

I have an appt for acupuncture on Monday. I also have Thinking Woman's Guide, so will check out what she says in there. Thanks.

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Rather than doing downward dog, lay on your back on the floor and put your feet up on the couch. Better yet, lay the ironing board against the couch and use that to lay against (though probably a good idea to have someone around to help you with that one.)

My guy was breech at around 32 weeks. It was suggested to me to have a chat with the baby, about why it was important to be head down. Sounded hooky, but I thought what the heck. So I had a little heart to heart with baby.

At my next appointment he was head down. I was seeing the chiro regularly, but we never even got a chance to do the Webster technique.

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KUP!

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Had my first acupuncture appt today. It went well. He gave me a moxa stick to use at home, so I can do that every day until I go back to see him again next Monday. I have no idea if baby is turned. I **SO** wish I could distinguish between baby's butt and baby's head- but I just can't. I swear his/her head seems AWFULLY large if that is what I am feeling still up, but... who knows. I'll find out with another ultrasound on April 1 what position s/he's in.

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What is a moxa stick?
About mapping the baby...I am going to try to follow the instructions on spinningbabies.com but I know that even experienced midwives can make mistakes just by feeling.
Can I send you head-down vibes? lol

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"rainymama" wrote:

What is a moxa stick?

Can I send you head-down vibes? lol

The moxa stick is what you use to do the acupuncture- it's a very slow burning stick (traditionally made of mugwort, but I think the one I have is charcoal) that you light and hold next to the acupuncture point on your baby toe for a few minutes a day.

As for the second question- ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!! Smile I'll take all the good energy I can get! Smile

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*Semi-lurker*

I don't have any advice, except to add that I've heard great things about acupuncture and chiro. I hope your acupunture session went well, and did the trick! Sending head down vibes to you. Smile