11 Ways To Help Your Baby Turn From The Breech Position

Being told you have a breech baby can be scary. Years ago obstetricians were prepared and trained for vaginal breech births. Now, Cesarean dates are given to expectant mothers weeks before their due date if ultrasound shows the baby is breech, including:

1. Footling breech – feet first
2. Complete breech – baby sitting on heels (Buddha Style)
3. Frank breech – bottom first, with feet up by head

Breech babies make up about 4 percent of pregnancies. Here are some great tips to do help your baby turn head down.

  • Webster Breech Technique from a certified chiropractor
  • Acupuncture choose one that specializes in pregnancy and knows the points to stimulate for turning a breech baby.
  • Swimming as often as possible. This keeps your body and pelvis loose and relaxed. Do in conjunction with headstand below if you have help.

There are also some remedies you can try at home. These include:

  • Breech Tilt – begin at 32-35 weeks gestation. Do 3 times daily for 10-15 minutes each time, when you have an empty stomach, and the baby is active. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair 12 to 18 inches high (or may use slant board). Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. Relax, breathe deeply, avoid tensing. May also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18″ above shoulders. Gravity pushes the baby’s head into the fundus, tucks it, and baby can then do a somersault to a vertex position.
  • Flashlight or rolling pin – try moving slowly down from the top of the uterus toward your pubic bone while you are in a breech tilt position.
  • Massage – start with your left hand at the bottom of the abdomen and your right hand just above it. Move move your hands clockwise around the right side of your tummy. As your right hand reaches the top of your abdomen, slide the left one over your right and move it down the left side of your tummy. Your left hand leads as you you come full circle, continuing clockwise. Massage gently as you would to apply lotion. Massage for ten minutes or more up to several times each day.
  • Clothespin – place on the small toe of each foot at the outside corner of the toenail; sideways so that the toenail and toepad are stimulated for 30 minutes per day, this is an acupressure point that is a “moving down” point. You can also do this with just finger pressure as you remember to do it.
  • Motion Sickness band – place with the bead four fingerwidths above the inner ankle bone – another acupressure point that is used for stimulation of the uterus. Do not use this point if you are experiencing any pre-term labor.
  • Glass of orange or other juice – follow this with a side-lying position with your hips positioned higher than your feet. Babies move more after a sugar high!
  • Pelvic Tilt- with an ice pack on the top of your tummy on an empty stomach, 10 minutes twice a day. Do this while lying on your back on the floor with knees flexed and feet on the floor with three large pillows placed under your buttocks. Try this in conjunction with headphones and visualization.
  • Cat stretch – start with all fours, then lay your head and chest flat on the floor with your buttocks in the air, as you round your back and return to all fours.
  • Knee-chest position – by kneeling with hips flexed slightly more than 90 degree, but with thighs not pressing against your tummy and your head, shoulders and upper chest are flat on a mattress for 15 minutes every two waking hours for five days.
  • Visualizing the baby moving down with the head very deep in your pelvis, several times a day; especially in conjunction with positions and exercises below.
  • Belly Relaxing followed by Inversion – Partner places a shawl, sheet, towel or rebozo under mom’s hips as she lays on the floor. Lift up on the corners of the cloth and shimmy her from side to side moving your hands up and down to wiggle her belly from side to side. These should be very small movements which mom should find very relaxing. Do this for about 5 minutes. Then mother kneels on the stairway landing. Walk your hands down 2 or 3 stairs into an all fours position; have your partner support your shoulders to balance you. Remain in this position for about 5-10 minutes or as long as comfortable. Also do this on an empty stomach.

Dr. Amie Gregory is Webster Certified.  This is a technique specifically for babies in the breech position and it is effective about 80% of the time. It is painfree, gentle and helps get you ready for delivery as well.  It can also help with pelvic pain and low back pain.

  • Medical Professionals will recommend External Version after around 37 weeks.  This is uncomfortable and quite invasive.  If you have a breech baby, this may be the best way to get your baby face down and ready for birth.

Sources: Brenda Lane: Turning a Breech Baby

Can Chiropractic Help When I Am Pregnant?

Yes! You will be glad to hear that chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce labor time. Mothers giving birth for the first time have averaged 24% shorter labor time and repeat pregnancy labor times decreased 39% (Fallon, 1991). Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can also reduce the likelihood of experiencing back pain during pregnancy (Diakow, 1991). You can be adjusted and relieve stress and dysfunction in your body until the birth of your child (Penna, 1989).

During pregnancy, weight-bearing changes occur when we have an added load to our abdomen. This can cause an added stress to the low back, hips and other areas of the spine. Chiropractic treatments help your body stay relaxed and comfortable and may also help facilitate your birth.

Here is how we can help:

Sacral misalignment can cause twisting and tightening of pelvic muscles and ligaments. This can prevent your baby from tipping comfortably into the proper position in preparation for child birth. Chiropractors using the Webster Technique can address this situation naturally by adjusting your pelvis and reducing the tension on your muscles and ligaments.  Your baby will innately move into the proper position and you will save yourself from a cesarean birth. It has even been successful with twin births as well!

We would love to help you during and after pregnancy to keep your body working properly.  Give us a call at (650) 353-1133.  We are right in the heart of downtown Redwood City, CA!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Reasons And Results

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is hand tingling, numbness and pain. Females more commonly have the condition.

Normally, Carpal Tunnel occurs with people who perform jobs that require repetitive hand movements. Typing, flexing or extending the wrist for long periods of time are very commonly the cause. It can also occur with a muscle or tendon pressing on the nerve or if a bone in the wrist is out of place. Preventing pressure on the median nerve will decrease inflammation in the area and alleviate the problem.

Carpal Tunnel is a “tunnel” made by bones and tissues in your wrist. Bones in the wrist (“carpals”) move and slide to form a tunnel on the palmar surface of the wrist. The median nerve goes through this tunnel into the fingers. The transverse carpal ligament goes over the nerve and provides protection and lubrication to the joint. Sometimes this ligament gets tight and presses on the nerve if muscles, tendons and bones are not in the place they need to be or if there is swelling in the region. Carpal Tunnel can also occur in cases where people sleep with their hands bent for long periods of time.
How do I know if I have carpal tunnel?

1. Numbness, tingling or pain in the hand

2. If an electric shock occurs on the thumb or the long fingers (excluding the pinky)

Initially, symptoms will come and go. Numbness, tingling and pain will occur for short periods, then go away. This is a warning signal! If left without treatment, it will get worse and the symptoms will come back more severely and may last longer and interfere with sleep. Easy tasks may become difficult. You may not be able to button your shirt like you used to or open a pickle jar without pain. You may also begin to drop things easily.

So what can we do to help

To find out if you have this problem, we will talk to you about your symptoms and discuss your medical history. We will perform orthopedic tests to determine if this is indeed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or another nerve affecting the area. Here is some of what will be performed:

  • Tests to determine weakness in the muscles of your hands
  • Bending and holding your wrists in positions which begin to test the median nerve in your hands
  • Testing the median nerve to see if symptoms occur

There are several traditional forms of treatment that have been applied by practioners in the past. Wrist braces, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, ceasing activity on the wrist or corticosteroid injections. Some of these may work but if they don’t, surgery will be recommended. What happens is cut or thin out the transverse carpal ligament. This can expose the nerve to injury and have the symptoms reoccur.

Chiroractors want to help you naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.

What chiropractic does is to make sure the body is aligned properly so the median nerve is not impinged or irritated. We can do this by working with your muscles, tendons and bones. We can prevent unnecessary surgery, steroid shots which have been proven to impede healing and NSAIDS which have to be filtered out by your internal organs which can put an added stress on those areas.

Chiropractors have a high percentage of success with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and most extremity issues!

Please call today if you are experiencing any discomfort. We can help.

Dr. Amie B. Gregory, D.C.

Sport and extremity chiropractor located in Redwood City, CA and surrounding areas.