Here is the script of our new video of a second exercise to help women prevent and avoid breech positioning of their baby.
Hello and welcome. I am Dr. Katie Sleigh of Sleigh Family Chiropractic. Today I would like to introduce all pregnant woman to a second exercise to help prevent and avoid breech presentation of their babies. As always, it is important to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise to make sure that 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 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:
- a yoga mat or towel
- a small pillow
- and additional pillows or extra padding (optional)
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
Begin on hands and knees while on your yoga mat or towel. Place a pillow or extra padding under the knees if you find that this is uncomfortable. Place a small pillow between the hands. Slowly lower onto the elbows so that the head rests on the pillow between the arms and your bottom remains in the air. Hold 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 vertex, or head down position.
For more information about helping breech babies turn to the vertex position, go to our blog article titled “Prenatal Chiropractic Care for a Safer Birth.”
See other pregnancy exercises and pregnancy stretches.
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