How to Prevent Malpositions of Your Baby in Pregnancy
Breech and Transverse babies
We've all heard about breech and transverse babies, let's talk about working with and around that! No one wants to hear the words " your baby is breech" or " your baby is transverse", this often means your provider will be concerned about vaginal birth with a baby in this position. We are here to share that there are lots of things that you can do to help turn baby and what your options are when you hear that phrase.
What can you do in pregnancy
Preparation is the best form of support for the birth you want. Preparation for the birth of your baby begins early in pregnancy. While you cannot completely prevent malpositions of your baby in pregnancy (we will tell you why shortly), you can do things to help keep things optimally aligned and give your body and baby support to turn into an optimal position before birth.
In pregnancy, your baby will bounce around and wiggle and kick as long as they have room. Babies can move into an optimal position anytime in pregnancy, they usually settle in around 36 weeks, but can rotate in labor! In pregnancy, regardless of your baby's position, you can support your body and baby with Chiropractic Care. Chiropractic Care in pregnancy can help ensure that your Pelvis, the passage where baby will pass through to the birth canal before birth, is optimally aligned with no issues. This ensures that baby feels that there is ample room for them to settle into a cephalic (head) presenting position in the uterus. Chiropractic Care is the number one way to give your body and your baby the oportunity to be in place and ready for birth.
What you can do if you've reached the end of your pregnancy and baby isn't positioned well?
For most of your pregnancy, your baby is going to hang out in whatever position they want, as you near the end of your pregnancy, baby should adjust into a head down position. What do you do if your baby is breech or transverse once you've reached 36 weeks? ACOG recommends that assessment of fetal positioning isn't done until 36 weeks so that you are given plenty of time to see if baby will turn on their own, before doing anything to adjust position.
Once you reach 36 weeks and your baby is in a breech or transverse position, what do you do?
If you are not already receiving Chiropractic Care, call your doula for a recommendation, and begin chiropractic care from a provider who is skilled in prenatal chiropractic care and Webster Certified. Next, look into spinning babies and begin some of their suggestions. In addition to chiropractic care and spinning babies to help encourage optimal positioning of your baby, consider acupuncture from one of our favorite Winchester Acupuncturists. ACOG also suggests an ECV if your baby is breech as an option to manually turn your breech baby, there are risks, but the chose is up to you!
Important things to remember
Do not start spinning babies or worry about your sleeping position in pregnancy until baby is actually in a breech or transverse position, but do see a chiropractor as early as possible to keep everything aligned from the start. Remember that sometimes, babies go into whatever position that they want to go into in pregnancy, they are smart and somethings there is a reason they are breech or transverse and sometimes no matter what you do, they stay where they are, and that is okay.