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    Default Has anyone had success turning a breech baby after 35 weeks? :-)

    Hi all,

    I hope you're doing well. Well, my daughter flipped around! She was head down three or so weeks ago... the doctor said I should be prepared that at any visit she will deliver her if she feels a medical need to (my BP was high yesterday)... and at the moment she is breech so it would most likely be a c-section...

    The doctor did not recommend anything to turn her and I'm on bed rest so I wonder if this could be why...

    I know babies can flip around at any time... but I was curious what your experience was...

    Thx!!!

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    My OB siad the same thing. I'm almost 30 weeks now and the baby keeps on fliping. Every two weeks he's either in the right position or breech. My OB said that if at 35 or 36 weeks he's still breech, she wants to do a c-section at 37 weeks, She said she won't try and flip the baby around because they think it's dangerous and doesn't believe in it. Hopefully, your little one will flip on thier own. Good luck to you!
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    here are some things i found when my lil one was breeched the flashlight worked pretty well

    Here are 17 Ways to Turn Your Breech Baby!

    Be sure to check with your provider before trying the positions for turning a breech baby to see if there is any reason why you should not use them.
    • 1. Visualizing the baby moving down with the head very deep in your pelvis, several times a day; especially in conjunction with positions and exercises below.

    • 2. Swimming as often as possible. This keeps your body and pelvis loose and relaxed. Do in conjunction with headstand below if you have help.

    • 3. Headstand - with assistance and in a pool frequently as possible.

    • 4. Breech Tilt - begin at 32-35 weeks gestation. Do 3 times daily for 10-15 minutes each time, when you have an empty stomach, and the baby is active. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair 12 to 18 inches high (or may use slant board). Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. Relax, breathe deeply, avoid tensing. May also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18" above shoulders. Gravity pushes the baby's head into the fundus, tucks it, and baby can then do a somersault to a vertex position.

    • 5. CD/iPod headphones - place them inside mom's pants toward her pubic bone and play classical music for 10 minutes 6-8 times a day.

    • 6. Flashlight - try moving slowly down from the top of the uterus toward your pubic bone while you are in a breech tilt position.

    • 7. Massage - start with your left hand at the bottom of the abdomen and your right hand just above it. Move move your hands clockwise around the right side of your tummy. As your right hand reaches the top of your abdomen, slide the left one over your right and move it down the left side of your tummy. Your left hand leads as you you come full circle, continuing clockwise. Massage gently as you would to apply lotion. Massage for ten minutes or more up to several times each day.

    • 8. Clothespin - place on the small toe of each foot at the outside corner of the toenail; sideways so that the toenail and toepad are stimulated for 30 minutes per day, this is an acupressure point that is a "moving down" point. You can also do this with just finger pressure as you remember to do it.

    • 9. Motion Sickness band - place with the bead four fingerwidths above the inner ankle bone - another acupressure point that is used for stimulation of the uterus. Do not use this point if you are experiencing any pre-term labor.

    • 10. Glass of orange or other juice - follow this with a side-lying position with your hips positioned higher than your feet. Babies move more after a sugar high!

    • 11. Pelvic Tilt- with an ice pack on the top of your tummy on an empty stomach, 10 minutes twice a day. Do this while lying on your back on the floor with knees flexed and feet on the floor with three large pillows placed under your buttocks. Try this in conjunction with headphones and visualization.

    • 12. Cat stretch - start with all fours, then lay your head and chest flat on the floor with your buttocks in the air, as you round your back and return to all fours.

    • 13. Knee-chest position - by kneeling with hips flexed slightly more than 90 degree, but with thighs not pressing against your tummy and your head, shoulders and upper chest are flat on a mattress for 15 minutes every two waking hours for five days.

    • 14. Belly Relaxing followed by Inversion - Partner places a shawl, sheet, towel or rebozo under mom's hips as she lays on the floor. Lift up on the corners of the cloth and shimmy her from side to side moving your hands up and down to wiggle her belly from side to side. These should be very small movements which mom should find very relaxing. Do this for about 5 minutes. Then mother kneels on the stairway landing. Walk your hands down 2 or 3 stairs into an all fours position; have your partner support your shoulders to balance you. Remain in this position for about 5-10 minutes or as long as comfortable. Also do this on an empty stomach.

    • The following techniques to turn breech babies to vertex involve the assistance of a specialist or medical professional:

    • 15. Acupuncture - find a acupuncturist who is familiar with pregnancy and knows the points to stimulate for turning a breech baby.

    • 16. Webster's Breech Technique - see a Chiropractor who is experienced in this technique.

    • 17. External Version - this can be done in the hospital at about 37 weeks; see an Ob-Gyn for assistance and more information.
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    I will be 36 weeks tomorrow and this past monday I found out that my breech babygirl was now head down. She turned and is estimated to weight 6lbs 13oz. She must have turned over the weekend because the pain of her movements were horrid. I do hope that your LO will turn back over so you can have a vaginal birth, me I have to have a c-section whether she is breech or head down!

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    See the website spinningbabies.com - I think most of the stuff on there is what shasha4 already mentioned, though, in terms of positions to try. You're right - babies can flip at any time - my brother was breech, and then turned head down within just days of his due date. Some doctors will do external versions, though one lady who talked at my birth class about her experience said her doctor tried it, had to use an epidural because it can be very painful, and it still didn't work and she got a c-section, so I dunno...

    I think if I encounter this problem, which I feel like I will for some reason, I will try moxabustion which stimulates the pressure point on the little toes with a little incense type thing (performed by a professional) and/or acupuncture.

    Seems like you still have some time for her to change her mind about where she wants to be unless they take her early...
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    My best friend had a little girl last year that was breech for most of the pregnancy. They scheduled her for a C-section, and an hour before the surgery was scheduled, the baby turned head down. My BFF was so excited! Since the baby turned, they let her try for a vaginal delivery, and she ended up having her vaginally. I hope your baby turns soon!
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    I heard having your DH talk softly very, very low on your abdomen encourages the baby to come head-down. Not sure if it's true but I've been having my DH do it anyways just to keep our little guy that way since he's already head down. Hope it helps!!
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    My first was breech until 38 weeks at which time we were going to a version. My third turned somewhere between 37-39 weeks, I think it was a little after 38 weeks due to the problems and pain I was having. I didn't do anything special either time to get them to turn.
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    I guess we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the responses. I've had my SO speak to her way below my belly and for the most part she'll just squirm. She was on a tear yesterday and it was all in my lower to mid-belly. My next appointment is tomorrow, hopefully the rest has helped and it will give her at least another week to turn!

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    I'm just about 31 weeks and my baby likes to lay transverse (sideways!) -- he was like that at 20 weeks at our ultrasound and I know by the 2 bumps I feel he is still like that! My OB kind of chuckled on Monday at my appt when she saw it in my belly and didn't think it a big deal but I googled it and freaked out b/c it's so rare at delivery, esp for FTM's, and it means a mandatory C-Section!I know he is still flipping and turning slowly in there he just always ends up sideways again! Grrrr. I'm trying some of the spinning babies things but it seems they just turn on their own time! Hope your little girl does too! Congrats and good luck!
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