Breech. Its the word few pregnant women want to hear. It means baby likes his comfy little spot with his butt down and his head up. Except doctors these days are nervous about breech babies and only a few midwives in the area will even attempt a vaginal delivery.

So mom begins to panic. But its ok momma! You have some options! First, you need to understand your body. Baby often will not turn because something in the pelvis is making it easier for him to stay head up than head down. So get seen by a pelvic floor physical therapist (I know a great one!). And then look into Spinning Babies. Its a website and organization dedicated to helping babies be in optimal position during birth. And if you don't know what that is talk to your doula! After 34 weeks and sometimes later we like to see baby with his long hard back to the left and feet kicking on your right.

I remember it, feet on the right....everything's all right! :)

Again, if your baby isn't in a great position its ok. See the PT and then follow up with me and I will help you with some different movements, exercises and ideas to get baby moving in the right direction.

If all else fails you have one other option. This is called External Version. It is when your doctor under the guidance of a sonogram physically turns baby head down. Yes, this is uncomfortable and often doesn't work fully or baby will flip back. But for many moms it is worth the try because they know healing from a c-section is harder.

A breech baby isn't the end of the world. Neither is a c-section. But know your options, get a second opinion. And make informed choices.

You've got this momma!


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