5 Ways to Flip a Breech Baby
When my doctor told me that my baby was still in the breech position when I was 35 weeks along, I was devastated. Not only did I have an unusually large baby, but I also had a high level of amniotic fluid (a condition called polyhydramnios), which meant one thing:
It was very unlikely that my baby would turn head down.
After three vaginal births and the result of those births–my three young children at home–I was terrified to face a c-section, so I got to work, researching ways to flip a breech baby and trying everything I could think of.
And the result?
One week later, my baby had turned, and I was breathing a huge sigh of relief at the prospect of skipping over that c-section. Here's what I did to flip my baby.
Try the hands and knees position
Whether you just plop down on you hands and knees while watching your favorite TV show or get a little more adventurous by trying this position in the bedroom, spending some time on all fours could help the baby rotate into position.
I have no idea if this is an official remedy or not, but I came across it on another pregnant woman's blog, and she swore by it. Combine 1-3 drops of essential peppermint oil with some coconut oil and slather it across your stomach. Be prepared for an active baby and a burst of energy on your part. Spoiler alert: Don't do it right before bedtime, this I learned the hard way.
Always consult your doctor before using supplements, due to risk of allergy or interactions.
I can't say enough about this super scientific method, but if you have access to a pool, use it to your full advantage. I did somersaults, hung upside down off the side, and did more handstands than a nine-month-pregnant woman should ever do.
I visited the Spinning Babies website to find this tip, and it's commonly touted as being one of the most effective. Basically, pile a bunch of pillows on the floor and prop your bottom up on the couch with your head lower than your body. Repeat as often as you can.
Visit a chiropractor
Although visiting a chiropractor can be really important during your pregnancy no matter what, you may want to especially consider it if you have a breech baby. If your hips are out of line or there are other issues, it may be preventing your baby from getting into the head-down position. Your chiropractor can perform the Webster's method or recommend acupressure or other natural remedies as well. Always check with your care provider before trying any of these remedies.
Did you have a breech baby? What did you do try to flip him or her into the head-down position?