Hello and welcome. I am Dr. Katie Sleigh with Sleigh Family Chiropractic. Today I would like to introduce all pregnant women to an exercise to try to prevent and avoid breech presentation of their babies. It is called the breech tilt positioning exercise. As always, it important for you to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise to make sure that it is safe for you.
A few weeks before birth your baby normally moves into the delivery position with the head downward. The breech presentation, however, is when the baby remains in a foot or buttocks down position. A breech presentation should be avoided if possible since there are certain risks associated with it.
This simple exercise is not guaranteed to turn your baby to the vertex, or head down position, but it encourages your baby to do so. It is more effective when you start this exercise earlier on in pregnancy and it can be done at home.
For this exercise you will need:
This exercise should be done on an empty stomach. If you get light headed or begin to experience pain, stop doing the exercise and consult with your doctor
Lie on your back on the yoga mat or towel with ankles resting on a couch or chair. Your bottom should be positioned near the edge of the couch or chair. Lift your pelvis into the air by pushing downward with your feet. Place the pillows or cushions under your bottom so they support your body at approximately a 45 degree angle. Relax and hold in this position for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times per day.
This exercise can be difficult at first, but with some practice, it does get easier.
I have worked with many pregnant women whose babies were breech. This exercise can be very effective when combined with chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy. Adjustments help to realign the pelvis and the ligaments that support the uterus so the baby has the proper amount of space to turn to the normal vertex, head down position.
For more information about helping breech babies turn to the vertex position, go to our blog article on prenatal chiropractic care for a safer birth.
Call to schedule an appointment to meet with me today, Dr. Katie Sleigh, your pregnancy and pediatric health advocate in Arlington Heights, IL.