About to give birth! You must be excited and wondering if your baby will turn on their own before birth. Well, most babies do turn and settle into the anterior position a few weeks before the big day. But don’t worry if your little one is a bit stubborn, there are options to help them make the proper turn.
When we say “posterior position,” we mean that the baby’s head is down but facing up. It’s not the end of the world, don’t worry! In this position, you may still be able to have a vaginal delivery, although it might be a bit longer and more challenging. But you know what? Your baby might also decide to move and position themselves anteriorly just before delivery. Anything can happen!
We imagine you’re wondering what you can do to encourage your baby to settle before the big day. Well, there are some super useful exercises you can try. There are no guarantees of success, but they’re worth a shot to increase the chances of your baby turning to the anterior position.
Here’s a list of exercises you can try to help your baby take the proper position:
- When you’re sitting, place a pillow or cushion under your buttocks to elevate them above your knees. Yes, take your buttocks to the clouds! This will help your little one slide into the right place.
- Try kneeling on the floor and gently lean your chest forward for 10 or 15 minutes a day. This way, your hips will be elevated, and you’ll give a signal to your baby that it’s time to turn.
- Occasionally sit on a large exercise ball and sway your body forward. Make gentle tilting movements as if you were at a concert.
- Remember that keeping your buttocks and hips higher than your knees is key for the baby to find their way more easily. Also, try not to stay in the same position for too long. Move around! That will keep your little one active and eager to explore.
We hope these tips help your baby settle into the anterior position before birth. Before you try them out, talk to your doctor to make sure they’re safe. Remember, each baby is unique and may have their own plans. Maintain a positive attitude and trust your body. It’s almost time!