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Once breech baby flips head down, should I keep inverting?

Hi Gail,
 
Thank you for the website.  I am 32 weeks and on Monday the ultrasound showed my baby was breech.  Her head was at my stomach.  I learned about your web site on Wed and did two inversions last night.  This morning (Saturday) the ultrasound showed her head is down!
 
I know I am still early and she could have moved herself but I believe it was your technique that helped. 
 
Should I continue to do the breech tilt and inversion everyday just in case she moves to a bad position again?
Thanks, L

Hi, L

In your situation, with the baby flipping easily, I'd wait two weeks.
Ask your doctor or midwife for their medical opinion, but I'd suggest,
Get in some brisk walking, not window shopping, but a good stride if you can. Help your baby get settled head down. IF in two weeks your baby is still on your right side or you still feel hands in the front wiggling over your pubic bone, then you can do a 30-SECOND forward-leaning inversion each day or so, along with other good posture and pelvic tilts, crawling, washing the floor on your hands and knees, etc.

 

 Most babies are turning head down from 28 to 32 weeks gestation. Its possible that this was a coincidence. Just to be honest, we have to know that some breech babies are going to flip on their own between 31and 32 weeks. The inversion may have helped this baby to flip. It didn't prevent flipping!

I think that 28-32 weeks is actually the best time to go ahead and do the inversions. Inversions can work right up to labor, however, the earlier the easier.

The baby is smaller and has more amniotic fluid around him or her so flipping is easier with the help of the two appropriate inversions, breech tilt and the forward-leaning inversion. Both do something different, and both are helpful. Only continue the forward-leaning inversion after baby flips head down. But give your body a chance to accommodate the baby in the new head down position. This will, hopefully, avoid a chance of the baby flipping back to breech at this early gestational age.