Operation Turn That Baby

So in light of my recent news of a transverse/oblique positioned baby, I saw my chiropractor yesterday to talk about the Webster Technique. Based on my simple understanding of the process it involves making adjustments to my pelvis, spine and hips so that the baby can more easily turn into the correct position. It will probably require several appointments, two or three times a week. But I’m hoping it will be worth it as most practitioners claim a very high success rate. Today she sent me home with a stretch to do, one that I actually had already been doing. Basically I get on the floor on my hands and knees and alternate arching and flattening my back. (Also call Cat and Camel stretches). The hard part will be making sure I sit properly. Ideally I should be standing on lying on my side most of the time. But when I do it, I can’t recline back the way I have been, while it does help with my SI joint inflammation, it will apparently only encourage the baby to remain in his current position. I go back again tomorrow and then three times next week. Each appointment I’ll be getting new exercises to do at home. My hope is that my ultrasound scheduled for next week will show some progress. But the best part is how positive the chiropractor was. She said she couldn’t offer me any guarantees but that she wanted me to keep thinking positively and remember that the baby is probably going to turn. So hopefully I’ll get some good news next week and we can get this pregnancy to term without any more problems.


3 thoughts on “Operation Turn That Baby

  1. Hi there,
    Just stumbled onto this post (from simplemom.com) because it sparked my attention.
    I’m over 38 weeks right now and for the past 3 weeks we’ve been trying to get our baby girl to turn after we found out she was in the breech position. (First baby was transverse, also).
    Of course the doctor poses the worst case scenario and it’s frightening but one thing I’ll tell you is your baby has PLENTY of time to turn.
    We found out just a couple days ago that she did indeed turn (and we and friends and family rejoiced!)
    Here are some of the things I did, because if you’re anything like me you want to try just everything.
    1) prayer – your choice
    2) acupuncture – I think this is what did the trick after only two sessions!
    3) chiropractic, which you’re already doing. Yay Webster technique
    4) swimming – more importantly, doing some flips and handstands in the pool – it helps the baby move more freely.
    5) the exercises at home

    I can’t say for certain what one thing helped, but I’d highly recommend the acupuncture. For the next couple of weeks I’m still going for a new treatment – shortened labor!

    1. I’ll admit that I’m a bit skeptical about the acupuncture/acupressure aspect of turning a baby, though I’ve read about many people who have had good results. My husband is even less supportive of the idea. I think right now we’ll keep going with chiropractor and home exercises. Plus lots of prayer from friends and family. My husband seems certain that we will get good news today at our ultrasound. He seems to have more faith than I do for these sorts of things. I will admit to feeling very much in doubt, but I’m trying to remain positive. Thanks for your suggestions. It’s encouraging to hear from someone else in the trenches whose baby waited so late to turn. I think at this point I need him to turn for my own peace of mind, if nothing else.

      1. I’d love to know how it turns/turned out. I don’t know how the acupuncture actually works (I mean a microscopic needle in my pinkie toe is supposed to turn probably an 8 pound baby??), and both my husband and I were VERY skeptical, but the first time he started with the needles the baby started kicking up a storm and moving all around. Same thing with the second treatment – and then we found out she was head down a few days later!

        I agree with the prayer aspect being the most important – I had friends literally from coast to coast praying and got several long “wooooohoooooo’s” when I tweeted that she’d turned.

        I’m sure your baby will turn in the time left.

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