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Have you managed to turn your breech baby with exercise?

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SueV14 Thu 18-Jun-15 09:52:22

And if yes, what exercises did you do and for how long? I've been trying the forward-leaning inversion, breech tilt and knee to chest as described on spinningbabies website. No success so far I believe as I can still feel the hard lump which is probably the baby's head high in my abdomen (I had my growth scan last week Fri and it confirmed the breech position). I'm around 34 weeks now and getting worried the baby won't turn sad(

SueV14 Thu 18-Jun-15 09:53:36

P.S.: I've started doing the above exercises 3 days ago. Before that have been on all fours a lot since 32 weeks and bouncing on a gym ball too.

Figuringitout Thu 18-Jun-15 10:51:31

I'm afraid none of the exercises helped my breech baby to move - but keep trying them! Up to 36 weeks it's pretty common for a baby to turn on their own.
Good luck!

September60b Thu 18-Jun-15 12:19:57

I did the exercises you have mentioned above and my dd turned at 35 weeks. I also sat on a chair with it turned the wrong way (so bump resting against the chair back) with my back really straight. Any time I sat down I made sure I was sat up straight with my legs open (so ladylike!!) Apparently this opens up your pelvis giving the baby space to turn. I also walked up and down stairs sideways and crawled around on all fours - maybe a bit ridiculous but I was willing to try anything!!

In case you were wondering I didn't really feel her turn either, I only realised from an examination and subsequent scan.

Good luck - there's still time!

NickyEds Thu 18-Jun-15 12:55:58

My baby's been absolutely, stubbornly breech for weeks (I've had weekly growth scans so I know for sure!) then the other day she just turned. I was walking with ds, pushing the buggy! It was very uncomfortable and stopped me in my tracks and has been followed by a desperate need for the loo every 10 minutes. I'm 36 weeks so hoping she'll stay that way so I can avoid manual turning/section talks at my scan next week.

Tillytoes14 Thu 18-Jun-15 15:27:32

I was found to have a breech baby at 36 weeks, I tried various exercises, but the baby didn't shift. I'm currently 40+4 with baby's bottom firmly wedged into my pelvis. Babies can turn last minute, but in my case, it wasn't happening.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 18-Jun-15 15:40:15

My first turned on her own some time between 34 weeks and the next appointment. smile

foolonthehill Thu 18-Jun-15 15:51:59

I did all the exercises to no avail but baby turned herself in labour...however she was small and my 3rd.

Fanby Thu 18-Jun-15 16:34:32

I've just found out ours is oblique breech (at 31+5) so will watch this with interest! Have changed sitting position to upright with legs apart ;) usually such a sloucher...

September60b Thu 18-Jun-15 20:25:12

Good luck fanby!

Lunastarfish Thu 18-Jun-15 21:54:36

I'm 36 weeks. Baby had been transverse since 20 weeks then breech since 32 weeks. She finally moved head down on sunday but it took her over 2 hours to do so!!

I have been more vigilant about not slouching on the sofa over the past few weeks and instead tend to sit on birthing ball or crossed legged on the sofa (plus baby is always up my ribs so slouching is too painful).

Also go on all fours and rotate your hips clockwise in a circle.

I also walk a lot and tend to not be still unless I am lying in bed for my afternoon nap wink

LovelyWeatherForDucks Thu 18-Jun-15 21:59:20

Haha I am reading this while on all fours for that exact reason! No luck so far, also 34 weeks and looking like I'm heading for a second c section for breech sad

dontmesswithmytutu Thu 18-Jun-15 22:02:26

My dd1 was still breech at 36 weeks. No amount of turning antics were working. I was due to have her manually turned the following week (can't remember the name of the procedure now). My waters broke at 36.5 weeks (just before the procedure) and she still hadn't turned so I had to have a cs. When she came out, the doc said it was no wonder she hadn't turned because the cord was wrapped round her neck and was wedged in. Maybe she knew...and made a quick escape....!

gincamelbak Thu 18-Jun-15 22:08:44

Exercised made no difference to my DS. I stopped doing the exercises when he stayed breech. Then he went head down. Then transverse. Then head down.

The obstetrician I saw told me that nothing would change the position of the baby as he would just move if he wanted. But I was also hosting a veritable swimming pool as well as the baby so he had a lot of room and means to flip about as much as he wanted.

HVB79 Thu 18-Jun-15 22:12:49

Have you looked into acupuncture and moxibustion? I was doing the exercises too so not sure exactly which of them worked but mine turned at around 37 weeks. Good luck!

GoldfishCrackers Thu 18-Jun-15 22:21:28

Yes I did. The spinning babies exercise worked for me - can't remember what it was called but I was head on the floor with feet up on the sofa. I'm sorry I can't remember the details of when in pregnancy and how long I was doing the exercises - maybe a few times over a few days? I clearly remember the feeling though. There obviously wasn't much room to move in there, as it was really quite uncomfortable and a bit odd when the baby turned.

SueV14 Thu 18-Jun-15 22:56:14

Thank everyone for all your responses. I was out and about all day, so missed doing the exercises today. Now with my feet and ankles swollen to elephant size I can't even think of moving from the sofa (all the curry I had for dinner may be another reason - I can barely breath blush)

I will try to continue with the exercise but not sure how long to keep doing the. If baby remains unimpressed. I've noticed however that her movements have increased a lot since I've started doing them, she's been kicking the hell out of me last 48h. I'm wondering if she's trying to turn or to make me stop doing the stupid exercise? confused

SueV14 Thu 25-Jun-15 10:21:43

So, went to see my consultant yesterday and got not so great news. 35 weeks, baby is still stubbornly breach. She still may turn but doc said there is not too much liquid in my placenta which makes it more difficult for the baby to turn, so this could be a baby which stays breech. And she said if it doesn't turn she wouldn't recommend waiting for labour to start but to plan a CS. sad This is all quite disappointing I have to say. I shall continue doing the exercises and go for the next checkup next weeks Thu.

Breech tilt on the floor with hips up the pillows & sofa right now

LibrariesGaveUsPower Thu 25-Jun-15 13:22:52

Sorry to hear you are disappointed. FWIW I have had two friends who have had lovely calm planned sections. Chose the music, planned the details. Both were very pleased in the end. smile

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