V.M. asks from Virginia Beach, VA on June 23, 2008
Breech Babya Nd Acupuncture
I am 38 weeks pregnant and my baby is breech - I am scheduled to have acupuncture today to try to encourage him to flip and was wondering if any of you may experience with this. I am kind of scared about the whole process, wondering if my baby is in the breech position for a reason and if I should let nature takes it course although I totally want to avoid a c section if possible. I have tried the handstands in the pool and the diffent exercises but my next appointment with the dr is this coming Friday where if he has not turned I am sure the discussion of a c section will be on the table.
So What Happened?™
Thank you for all the responses - I ended up having a c section to deliver my son - he is healthy and I feel very blessed. I am very happy that all the stress is over and I feel like this was the safest way for him to be born. Thank you for all the replies.
A.T. answers from Washington DC on June 24, 2008
hello V.. My baby is now 22 years old. He was a breech baby.
He was also 10 days late for delivery. My doctor set up a C section for Monday, he turned himself Sunday night and was born naturally. Best of luck, I know nothing about accupucture for turning a baby.
Mother of 3 boys, now 22, 25, and 27 years old.
I am a stay at home mom.
A.M. answers from Washington DC on June 24, 2008
Let the acupuncturist know that you have concerns, and the planned treatment will be explained. Moxa is used to turn a breech baby. A moxa pole looks similar to a cigar, though thinner. One end is lit and held close to an acupuncture point on the outside of the smallest toenail. It does not touch the skin, but heats it up, sending heat up the channel and encouraging the baby to move away from it, hopefully in a headdown position. Contractions may also occur and these encourage the baby to move .
One treatment of 15 min. holding the moxa pole next to both points -one on each foot may not be enough to turn the baby. You will usually need to take poles home w/ you or see the acupuncturist several times to get the best results.
Discuss your concerns frankly. Moxa treatment can sometimes help, and worth a try to avoid a C/S.
K.M. answers from Norfolk on June 24, 2008
My third was breech, for a while. Near the end, I would just lay on the couch, propped by pillows and put a bag of frozen veggies on my belly at the top by baby's head. It worked after doing it for spurts of 20 minutes about 4 times a day and it happened on the second day. Simple, yes, but it worked for me. Good luck.
K.C. answers from Washington DC on June 24, 2008
My son was breech at 37 weeks, and I had accupuncture and he turned in the next 24 hours, and stayed that way. I was skeptical, but I could feel him turning within 4 hours of the appointment. Now maybe he was going to turn anyway, but it sure seemed to work for me.
I had been going to accupuncture regularly during my pregnancy. If you are nervous about the accupuncture part, I hope I can put your mind a little at rest. It is very relaxing, and most of the time you don't even feel the needles at all. They are very fine, and will be put in places like your ankles. Most of the time, I just go and close my eyes and rest. Its actually very nice. As long as the accupuncturist is licensed and knows what they are doing, the worst thing that could happen is that the baby doesn't turn, but you got a relaxing hour.
I hope your baby turns for you. Sounds like other people have some good ideas too. Good luck.
K.C. answers from Washington DC on June 23, 2008
I don't have personal experience with this so my advice may not carry as much weight as others.. however.. my aunt gets accupuncture all the time and it is a very safe alternative style of medicine that involves no "medicine. My sister in law's last pregnancy was breeched.. my niece turned and then turned herself back to breech and she wound up being an emergency c-section. Everything turned out just fine, but she was in labor and her water broke - hence the "emergency". So I guess my advice would be to talk with your doctor, make a plan, and relax...
Congratulations and good luck!
K. - SAHM of 2 boys, 5 and 2
K.W. answers from Washington DC on June 24, 2008
I have had accupunture done, though not for turning a baby. Don't be scared! I can actually be quite relaxing. The accupunturist will talk to you to determine where to put the needles. You will then lie down and the needles will be applied. Sometimes it stings a little at first and sometimes I hardly feel it. It should only sting when the needle is applied. The stinging fades quickly and you lie quietly for 20 minutes. Having two boys, the lying quietly in a darkened room is kind of a treat.
C.T. answers from Washington DC on June 24, 2008
I've now had two breech pregnancies and two c-sections......I was open to trying anything for my first and nothing worked. Some friends have tried accupuncture, but I'm not aware of anyone who has had success.
Initially, I found it disappointing that I ended up with csections, but, frankly, there aren't any safe options if they refuse to turn with alternative therapies.
Good luck to you!
J.M. answers from Washington DC on June 23, 2008
I have a friend/neighbor who is an accupuncturist. She have done this and the results are amazing. Accupuncture points that have to do with pregnancy and babies tend to be very strong. It is good that you are waiting this long.
BTW, I had a c-section. It wasn't that bad. When I was preparing for my daughter's birth, that was the last thing that I wanted. When the realization came that she would not be born naturally, I decided that safely was the best. I got to hold my daughter just a couple hours after the decision to go ahead.
I wish you peace with any decision that has to be made and, of course, joy when you get to hold your new little one. Once your new little one is here, it won't matter how she/he came into this world. You will have your baby.