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If your baby is in the breech position it means that its bottom is lying in the pelvis instead of its head. This occurs in 3-4% of full term pregnancies; in most cases, a breech baby will turn itself before birth, sometimes as late as week 40. IF your baby is in the breech position, you may need to have a caesarian section. You will know the baby is breach by feeling the baby's head beneath your ribs, and/or experiencing the baby kicking in the region of the bladder.

Key Tips on coping with breech babies

- Only use qualified practitioners, preferably those who have experience working with pregnant women.
- At about week 32, reduce the amount of time spent sitting on everyday chairs/sofas, as this does not open up the pelvis. Sit at upright in forward-leaning positions.

Complimentary Treatments

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Moxibustion has been used for centuries in China to turn breach babies. A combination of acupuncture and moxa is most successful if used between 32 - 36 weeks. Moxibustion changes placental estrogens and prostaglandin levels, which results in increased fetal heart rate and active fetal movements. Consult your acupuncturist for instructions.

Chiropractic
- Webster's technique

Homeopathy
- Pulsatilla 30c

Exercise
- walking every day for 20 minutes
- swimming especially back stroke or breast stroke

Body Positions
- kneel on the floor with your bottom up and head down
- sleep with several pillows under your bottom and lower back to allow gravity to turn the baby
- place a wooden board at a 45degree angle with one end on the floor and other end on a chair. The board should be wide enough to support you securely, lay on it with your head at the floor end.

Using Music
-Headphones placed on the lower part of your abdomen, playing either music or your voice, has encouraged babies to move towards the sounds and out of the breech position