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At 35 weeks pregnant, I found out that my baby is breech!

Breech babies account for about 3-4% of pregnancies and usually turn by the time you hit 34-38 weeks but if the baby is still breech during this period your birth plan may have to change.

Types of breech babies:

1} Frank Breech The baby’s bottom faces the cervix and his legs are straight up. This is the most common type and can sometimes be delivered vaginally.

2} Footling Breech The baby’s feet are in the birth canal. This is the second most common type and is generally unsafe to deliver vaginally because of potential cord complications.

3} Complete Breech The baby’s bottom faces the cervix. His legs are bent at the knees, and his feet are near his bottom. The least common type, these babies can sometimes be delivered vaginally.

The following three methods can be tried at 32 weeks or later:

  • The tilt, laying on your back with feet up
  • The Webster Technique, chiropractic technique to open pelvis
  • Pulsatilla, a homeopathic remedy that stimulates the uterus to settle baby headfirst.

After 37 weeks:

  • External cephalic version, performed by either a doctor or midwife, re-positions the baby by pushing on the mom’s abdomen and the baby’s head (the average success rate is 58 percent)
  • Moxibustion, a technique performed by acupuncturists
  • C-section, surgery may be your only option

And I found a ton of other things you can do to turn the baby including playing music to the bottom of your baby belly, shining a light down there and putting an ice pack on top of your stomach, so for the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing all of these things, updates to come…