Breech does NOT equal c-section! Here’s how to avoid it

When babies are growing inside the mother’s womb, they are constantly moving. And as the due date gets closer most babies settle in a head down position in the pelvic area, ready to be delivered. However, at times, babies do not get to this position and may rest their feet or their lower body in the mother’s uterus. This position is medically referred to as breech.

Although breech babies are common, most doctors do not prefer to deliver them normally and may opt for a c-section. However, if your doctor does choose to turn your baby position before you get into labour, here’s what you must expect.

1. Flash a light

Heard of cats chasing lights? That’s precisely how babies respond to light as well. Shine a bright torch light in your pelvic region, where your baby’s head would have rested if he/she was not breech. By doing this, you are giving the baby something to aim for, in a hope that he/she will move in the direction of the light and will flip over.

2. Ice, ice baby

There is no mother who would intentionally want to hurt her baby. However, if a little discomfort can save the mom and the baby from the c-section surgery, then why not! Placing an ice pack or frozen peas around the mom’s belly will cause the baby to move rapidly. The baby is not going to like the cold and will move around frantically. This is also a way to help the baby change the position and come to the correct position. However, ensure you wrap a towel around the ice pack or the frozen peas before you place it on the belly.

3. Cephalic version

If you are in your 37th week, chances are your doctor might perform a cephalic version to turn your baby’s position. The doctor gently presses the outside of the woman’s abdomen and gently turns the baby into a head down position.

4. Do the pelvic tilt

Generally done at the beginning of the 32nd week, the pelvic tilt is an exercise done to bring the baby to the correct birthing position. Pelvic tilt involves using cushions to support your buttocks. Wait until your baby is moving a lot and slowly lift your hip, while lying down. Make sure you keep your knees bent and your feet on the ground.

5. Swimming

Swimming can be an excellent exercise, especially during the third trimester. Although this does not promise things will change, it does relax your muscles, making it easier for things to fall into place. Playing music close to you belly is another thing you can try to get the baby reposition before labour.  

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