pregnancy back full smIt’s getting close to your due date and you find out that you have a breech baby. This can be frightening because delivering a baby in a breech position with feet down instead of headfirst is dangerous. There’s a higher risk for the baby to get stuck in the birth canal and for the baby's oxygen supply to be cut off if the umbilical cord is compressed.

What can you do to deliver a breech baby safely? A common remedy is to undergo a cesarean section to surgically remove the baby from the uterus, but there are non-surgical ways to turn a breech pregnancy and have a natural delivery. Always talk to your doctor about these techniques before you attempt anything yourself.

Some mothers claim to have success with homeopathy by using an essential oil like peppermint on their stomachs to stimulate the baby to turn on its own. Acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments have also been used to relax ligaments and help the baby turn itself. Your doctor may give you exercises to do at home to help turn your baby to the headfirst position.

Another technique to turn a breech baby is an external cephalic version, or ECV. In this procedure, your doctor will try to manually turn your baby into the correct position by manipulating the baby with their hands through your stomach. Not every pregnant woman with a breech baby can attempt this technique and ECVs are successful only about half of the time.

Breech occurs in about three out of 100 pregnancies and most breech babies turn on their own. Whether manual techniques are successful, or a C-section is necessary, you can have a safe delivery if your baby is breech.


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