Throughout your pregnancy your baby will turn and perform gymnastics, even during the last weeks of gestation.

Most babies will settle down in the head-down position between weeks 32 and 38. A small percentage, fewer than 5 percent of term pregnancies, settle in the breech position.

The position your baby lies in could be any of the following:

  • Vertex – head first
  • Frank Breech – baby’s buttocks is first, legs facing straight up and flat against the face
  • Footling Breech – One of both legs are pointing down
  • Transverse – Baby is lying sideways in the uterus
  • Oblique Lie – Baby’s head is pointing toward mom’s hip instead of towards the cervix

Remember that if your baby is bottoms down doesn’t mean that he or she will stay that way. Some babies don’t turn until a few days before birth.

If your baby stubbornly remains in a breech position close to delivery, make sure that you discuss this with your healthcare practitioner.

How can yoga help with a breech position baby?

The following poses may help persuade your baby to assume the optimal birthing position.

Hands and Knees / Cat Stretch

Come onto your hands knees and rest your forehead on your forearms or the ground/blanket.

Keep your knees hip width apart and raise your hips as high as you can.

Breathe deeply and relax in the pose up to 20 minutes.

Pelvic Tilt

Lie with your feet on the floor, resting your hips on a stack of pillows or cushions.

Rest for up to 20 minutes

Downward Dog

Come down onto all fours, feet wider than hip width distance apart with palms under the shoulders.

Slowly tuck the toes under and lift the hips up, spreading the fingers wide apart.
Begin to rock slowly from side to side.
Rest and repeat 1-2 more times.
Discontinue this pose, once baby has turned

Avoid squatting positions if your baby is in the breech position: this opens the pelvis and encourages the baby to go further down in the breech position.

You can also try acupuncture, swimming, and relaxation/visualization techniques to help your baby move to the optimal birthing position.

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