Flipping a Breech Baby

At 32 weeks pregnant my OB told me my little muffin was in position. I could not be more happy. Mr. Blue Eyes and I had gone to birthing classes and I was the one who was like, “I want an all natural birth, no drugs, just raw maternal pain with a beautiful outcome”. Many of the other couples in the class with us thought I was nuts. “No epidural?!” I wanted to be able to be active during labor and the hospital I was going to did not have the ‘walking epidural’ available.

At 35 weeks pregnant I found out my baby was breech. I flipped out, I cried in the office when I found out. I called Mr. Blue Eyes and said something along the lines of “my life is over”, “I can’t believe this”, “they said she was in position just a couple weeks ago”, etc. etc. I was a basket case. That’s actually an understatement.

I started researching as soon as I got home. There are a lot of methods to flip a breech baby and some of these have an 80 % or higher success rate (if you start before 34 weeks).

1. Positions

Downward Dog
This was difficult for me because I was so big. This gives the baby room to move around because there is less weight resting on the baby.

Forward-Leaning Inversion
The reason it works is similar to the downward dog. This position was much easier for me to do while I was big pregnant. I put my knees and feet on the couch and put my forearms on the floor infront of me. I felt her trying to turn sooo many times while I was in this position.

Head stand
I don’t know about you but there was no way this was going to work for me. I couldn’t have done a headstand if I had two people helping lol! I have heard it’s worked for flipping breech babies though.

Breech Tilt
I bought a beanbag. I sat in it and then leaned back carefully to have my head on the floor (facing up). You can do this with a wedge too. If you do this and your baby is in position your baby can turn to breech. So make sure before you do this!

2. Moxibustion
I scheduled an appointment with an accupuncturist as soon as I learned about this! It’s an ancient Chinese technique that flips babies right into position. This works best around 33 – 35 weeks during pregnancy and when done during this time is more than 80 % effective! I was 36 weeks when I started this and every time I felt her go transverse.

3. Ice Packs
They say to put a bag of frozen peas/whatever on the top of your stomach. The baby will move away from the cold and hopefully flip right into position. In the end, I felt bad about doing this because she didn’t flip, and I made her head cold :(. But if it works for some I think that’s amazing.

Every week I went back to my OB and they continued to do ultrasounds. Every week they told me she was breech. The amount of looks I got from staff for not scheduling my c section was astronomical. I wanted to wait as long as I could, to give her as long as I could, to see if she would get in position. I know so many women who had their babies flip during labor (more common than you’d think!) or flip just a couple of days before birth. In the end she stayed breech. I had to schedule a c section. But she was not born before her due date, and I’m glad I waited as long as I did. Little muffin was fully developed and healthy when she was born.

Spinningbabies.com was a huge help to me for support and ideas when I found out my muffin’s position. I encourage you to check out this site if your baby is breech!
-Just so you know, it’s very common that babies are breech before 32 weeks pregnant.

**I am not a doctor, nurse midwife, or pediatrician so all of my suggestions are strictly based on my personal experience and research.

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