It is often unclear why babies don’t move into delivery position, but in some cases breech position may be linked to early labor, multiple births, too much or too little amniotic fluid, problems with the uterus, past pregnancies, and birth defects like Down Syndrome and heart problems.
Your doctor will perform an ultrasound in the last few weeks of your pregnancy to check your baby’s position. If your baby doesn’t move into delivery position by your 36th week of pregnancy, your doctor will explain your options. For example, he or she can try to guide your baby into the delivery position by pushing on your stomach while monitoring the baby via ultrasound. This is a very safe procedure, but may cause some discomfort.
A natural, at-home treatment could include the “breech-tilt” technique, according to the APA. This involves using large, firm pillows to keep your hips raised about a foot off the floor for 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times a day.
If your baby’s position cannot be corrected by the time you go into labor, it is likely that your doctor will perform a planned C-section in the interest of both your and your baby’s health.