12 Natural but Nutty Sounding Ways Women Try to Get a Breech Baby to Turn

headstandWhen you start getting close to your due date, and the baby hasn't yet turned, the pressure is on. You want that breech baby to get with the game and flip already lest the doctor have to do it for him ... or worse, a C-section is needed.

Over the years I've heard plenty of things women will do to get a baby to turn. A blogger over at Babble swears that putting frozen peas on the baby's head four times a day for 30 minutes at a time did the trick for her. Brrr, but good for her.

Some swear by their methods, while others try them with no luck. Most of them are probably harmless, but as always, it's best if you speak to your doctor before trying anything. Here are 12 ways women have tried to get a breech baby to turn:


1. Acupuncture.

2. Headstands or handstands. (Be careful!)

3. See a chiropractor, specifically one who can do the Webster Technique.

4. Try a host of exercises with names like "The Abdominal Lift and Tuck" and "Standing Release" via Spinning Babies.

5. Visualization exercises. (If you see it, she will turn?)

6. Swimming. (Maybe try a few handstands while you're in the pool.)

7. Get him or her dancing by playing music with headphones on your stomach.

8. Use a flashlight pointed at your stomach to guide the way to your pelvis. Apparently babies will try to follow the light.

9. Drink orange juice then lay on your side with your hips propped up higher than your feet. The spike of sugar is supposed to get them moving on down.

10. Pulsatilla and other homeopathic therapies. (Definitely good ones to check with your doctor about first).

11. Moxibustion. From Chinese medicine this involves burning some dried leaves over certain acupuncture points -- usually over the spot where the baby's toes are.

12. Get on your hands and knees and scrub the floor. (I'm thinking that's an old wives tale started by a mother-in-law who wanted a clean floor.)

Have you tried any of these? Did they work?


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