Turn Baby Turn - Ideas to turn a breech or transverse baby

Check www.spinningbabies.com for exercises and ideas

  • Try acupuncture or moxtibustion - Speak with your local acupuncturist. Can buy moxa sticks online at www.abacusupplies.ie €6.50 for 10 best used between 34-36 weeks just before bed.

  • Puppy pose: Move onto hands and knees and then bring your elbows and forearms to the floor. Keep your hips over your knees and move your forearms forward until you can put your head on the floor. You can support your head on your hands / folded forearms.

THE POSE

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CAUTIONS If kneeling hurts your knees, kneel on a pillow. If you have high blood pressure and you feel nauseous and dizzy in this position, lift the level of your head, resting it on a block instead of the floor.

  • Supported bridge pose: The supported bridge pose is a restorative back-bend completely suitable for pregnant women. Much like the standard bridge pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana in Sanskrit, this supported version still stretches the chest, neck and spine while calming the brain and relieving any sort of stress that the expectant mother may be experiencing at the time. As you work with the pose, you'll begin to feel a change in your legs as well as your back since the posture can reinvigorate these tired areas. The supported bridge is also believed to aid in digestion and reduce overall fatigue. Grab a bolster, cushion or block and place it next to your yoga mat. You’ll be using this for added support in bridge. Lie down on the mat with your knees bent toward the ceiling and the soles of your feet planted on the floor. Your feet should be positioned so they are parallel to one another. Bring your arms down to your sides. The tips of your fingers should just touch the heels of your feet. Press the soles of your feet and your arms into the mat, using them as leverage to lift your pelvis off the floor. Your heels should now be positioned directly below your knees. Grab the bolster/cushion or yoga block and slide it under your sacrum, the triangular bone located at the base of your spine just above your tailbone. Lower your pelvis so your sacrum comes to rest on the block and return your arms to your sides. Roll your shoulders back slightly and lift your chin away from your chest, still keeping it in line with your sternum. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds, breathing slowly and comfortably. Coming out of the bridge, simply press the soles of your feet and your arms into the mat until your hips raise and your sacrum comes up off the yoga block. Remove the bolster, cushion or block, setting it to the side, and lower your hips back to the mat.

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  • The forward-leaning inversion position can help turn both a transverse-lying baby and a breech baby, according to SpinningBabies.com. With a friend or family member helping to support you, kneel on the edge of a sofa and slowly lean forward until your forearms are resting on the floor in front of you. Your hips and knees should be approximately 10-20 inches above your arms and shoulders, and your belly should hang off of the sofa. Relax your belly, neck and head. Hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds. Then crawl slowly off of the sofa, bringing one knee down and then the other. Sit up and catch your breath. Repeat. The exercise should be performed twice daily for several consecutive days.

  • Swimming: the water pressure against the mother's stomach releases pressure and allows for more space for baby to spin downward

  • All fours hip circles and figure of 8 (positions in all fours generally)

  • No slouching on sofa

  • Sit and bounce/roll/do hip circles and pelvic tilts on exercise ball

  • Homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla - get in Down to Earth, Georges Street preferably 200c remedy every 2 hours for first 6 doses or as per homeopath.

  • Shine a flash light down over your uterus and have your partner or a loved one speak to your baby or play soothing music down low on your uterus. Do this on a daily basis to encourage your baby to move its head down towards a calming nurturing sound and glowing light.

  • Walking and climbing stairs

  • Talk to baby

  • Stay Calm

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