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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.