Stay OA, Ok?
What is "the most practical way of making sure my baby stays anterior? I've had TWO posterior babies! UGH!”
Mainly, the baby will "stay" anterior if your womb is balanced (symmetrical, not torqued or twisted) and you continue to use good maternal positioning. Positioning without releasing tension in the abdominal soft tissues and pelvic joints isn't likely to succeed in rotating a baby in pregnancy, especially for a woman with a history of posterior babies or breech, because these positions show the uterine ligaments weren't in balance before pregnancy.
If you have a history of OP then you may have chronic tension in places you cannot will away. It may also be that you have a pelvic shape that makes it hard for a baby in late pregnancy to swing out of an OP head position into the anterior or Left Occiput Transverse position. But this comes after the first cause, twists in the ligaments.
Women with a smaller version of the triangular shaped brim (android pelvis) need to help their babies’ position in the second trimester of pregnancy.
If it is your third trimester, then begin with the inversion for 30 seconds a day; get some body work on your pelvic joints and abdominal ligaments ASAP; and follow careful maternal positioning. Homeopathic or acupuncture can also work wonders.
A few mothers who use OFP techniques carefully and consistently have babies that seem to return to the right occiput posterior position after a couple of days of being on the left.
Two things may be happening. One, the baby really is going from the mother's right to left and back again, or back to front and back again, including the head turning with the body. This is considered normal, but I think that it is not. Further more, I think it is unusual.
More often it is just the body of the baby changing position while the face continues looking forward. The neck bends so that, instead of turning the head to look over one shoulder and then the other, the baby's body does the turning and the head stays still.
This can happen in a woman with an android (triangular) pelvis. Inversion is helpful to help the baby lift his or her head up out of the pelvis a little bit so that they can turn and face the mother's right hip. The baby is turning to try and turn the head to face a hip, or in the case of a woman with an android (triangular) pelvis, to face the right side of the tailbone (in the sciatic notch).
A mother may need to wear a pregnancy belt to give the lower uterus a lift. The slope of the lower abdomen may have collapsed due to weak abdominal muscles. This can be from carrying many womb-babies. When the stomach muscles are weak in a first time mom it may be from being very sedate during adolescence, if there isn't another obvious reason, like surgery on the ligaments or something unusual like that.
For mothers with good uterine tone that experience frequent fetal position changes or whose baby stays immobile on the right side or stays direct occiput posterior, the maternal inversion is very helpful. Tone is not about muscle strength - its about fascial freedom. Symmetry or Balance is the key. Read more about this in The 3 Principles of Spinning Babies.
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.