This is part three of a three part series about the chiropractic care benefits for expecting moms. Check out the other two parts: Realigned for Fertility – Can a Chiropractor Help You Conceive? and How to Have the Healthiest Pregnancy Possible
At about 35-weeks pregnant, most moms-to-be are ready to get this baby out and get back to a normal sized midsection. It is also at 35+ weeks of pregnancy when the baby is dropped into the correct position for birth. However, for many expecting moms, the baby just does not want to turn, resulting in a breech baby. While it is entirely possible to have a breech baby through vaginal delivery, most often times breech babies end up being delivered in C-section. Thankfully, chiropractic care may be able to prevent that.
*Remember to always consult your OBGYN and primary doctor before trying any of these tips.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Turn a Breech Baby?
A chiropractor by the name of Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association created the Webster technique after watching his own daughter go through a difficult breech delivery. The technique reduces stress on the pelvis and allows the uterus and ligaments to relax so that the baby can then flip.
Is It Safe?
The technique is very safe and non-invasive. The procedure helps mom’s body relax, which encourages the baby to turn naturally on his own. Also, “The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue that 82% of doctors using the Webster Technique reported success”, according to Mommypage.com. Considering that C-sections carry their own set of risks, chiropractic care for a breech baby can make your overall safer.
When Should I Go to a Chiropractor for a Breech Baby?
The best time to flip a breeched baby is between 32-37 weeks pregnant, or during the eighth month of pregnancy. During this time, the baby is still small enough that he can move around. It is possible that he will still be able to flip after 37 weeks, but the chances are smaller, since the baby nearly full-sized and has nestled the spot he will be delivered.
Other Methods to Try to Turn a Breech Baby
You can try to tilt or raise your pelvis in the air with pillows to encourage the baby to slide down and turn. Music has also been used to lure the baby out of the breech position. Just place headphones on your lower abdomen while the baby is active to see if he gravitates toward the music.
Finally, there are experiences masseuses and acupuncturists that have special techniques to turn a breeched baby. Ask your OBGYN or midwife for recommendations.