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October 1st, 2010, 08:23 AM
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I was reading a post yesterday about getting the baby to move out of a breech position. I saw there were lots of websites and techniques dedicated to this. But what about if the baby is head down but the back of the head is towards the spine? With my spine fused I am worried about having very bad back labor and I heard that this position is what causes it. Can they tell the baby is in this position before you go into labor and are there any techniques to get the baby to flip over?
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October 1st, 2010, 09:15 AM
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I think I've heard of people using the spinningbabies website to get a baby out of the posterior position as well. But honestly the best thing you can do is try to prevent it throughout your pregnancy. Just off the top of my head sitting in a recliner or that position will most likely put baby in a posterior position. Laying on your left side will promote the baby to be in a correct position. I'm sure there is more you can do, but that's what I'm remembering with only 1/2 cup of coffee in me so far!
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October 1st, 2010, 01:12 PM
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Im not sure about breech positioning but looking back with my first, i was in a reclined position for like 6 weeks prior to birth and my baby was posterior and i ended up with ridiculous back labor. Second time around i made sure to lean forward for the end weeks because i'd heard it helped, and i also did a lot of hands/knees position which also helped reduce my ankle swelling, and it was much better positionally for the baby! Im planning to do the same thing this time around
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October 1st, 2010, 03:15 PM
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Lean forward when sitting, do hands and knees stretches, walk. Sit on an exercise ball, roll your hips, lean forward, bounce. Kneel in front of it and rest your chest on it (very relaxing!) You want to make sure gravity is helping pull the baby to turn. Spinningbabies is a great site. My monster was posterior for the entire second half of my pregnancy, and turned in labor. I can't say for sure if it was my stretches and exercises that did it, but it certainly didn't hurt!
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October 1st, 2010, 08:32 PM
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Also hanging out on all 4s - That's how I flipped my girl. She was face up until the last week!
Oh - and you can tell! Feel your belly with your hands. Do you feel a nice smooth baby bum and back? or do you feel all the poky hands and knees and feet? (backs don't kick back LOL) If you find it hard get your midwife or doc to show you what you're feeling.
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October 3rd, 2010, 05:32 AM
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I had a sunny side up baby, and had really bad back labor. I talked to my midwife a couple weeks ago about preventing this, and she said that babies can still shift around a LOT until they time they're born, so the key is to keep your pelvis nice and open so they can get in the proper position when it's time for labor. In order to do this, I need to do lots of pelvic exercises. Squatting, pelvic rocking, tailor sitting, and leg lifts are the ones she recommended.
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