After Baby Turns

Now that baby is in position

What are Spinning Babies® tips to help baby stay in position for an easier birth? Whether you’ve been doing activities to help your baby get or stay head down, on your left side, or anterior, you may wonder what to do to help baby stay put.

We suggest continuing daily stretches and rest positions to maintain and continue the body balancing achieved for baby to have turned head down. Balance is not a final destination, balance is something we increase (or decrease) each day (and night).

Whether baby turned themselves, or a doctor (or midwife) turned the baby manually, continue the recommendations for an easier childbirth in:

If you’ve used our ebooks to help your baby get into a better position for beginning the birth process, these three pages will help you with activities for which to do now.
  • Was your baby breech and now head down? Avoid the Forward-leaning Inversion and other inversions (Open Knee-chest) for three days while you do the other body balancing and daily activities. Check out (and do) Daily Activities.
  • Was your baby breech and now sideways (Transverse lie or perhaps oblique)? Do seven Forward-leaning Inversions in one day but not day after day. If that doesn’t help baby turn head down in 24 hours, seek an Aware Practitioner for an appointment. Focus on psoas lengthening, Windmills, and Dip the Hip from this website but do make an appointment for professional bodywork from a person very experienced with pregnancy bodywork. See more on Sideways/Transverse lie.
  • Hands wiggling in front? Try psoas lengthening and Dip the Hip along with the full range of daily activities. Side-lying Release is a body balancing activity ideal for assisting balance in the pelvic floor. See more on pages about posterior positions.

Should I Keep Doing a Forward-leaning Inversion?

“Now that my baby is head down, should I keep going upside down in the Forward-leaning Inversion?”

It’s ok to skip the Forward-leaning Inversion (FLI) for a few days (3) and during that time increase walking (with a nice flowing stride). Continue other daily activities and body balancing techniques recommended for general pregnancy comfort and birth preparation.

But don’t think that baby’s position is the only benefit of FLI.

After three days, resume one Forward-leaning Inversion a day. Include the day of labor/labour to help your cervix to have the suppleness to respond to contractions with more ease.

There can be less discomfort or pain from contractions. There may be less time needed for contractions to do their job.

We don’t recommend adding balance and range of motion, alignment and movement for everyone. Choose those activities for which you don’t have a medical or body reason not to do one. Be sensible, move slowly in and out of positions. Read the contraindications on each technique’s page.

 

Will Baby Turn Back to Breech?

Baby’s position is about space available. The body balancing activities have likely made more space by releasing the tight or twisted ligaments. But your body isn’t a house, the space you made isn’t like adding a spare room.  You’ll have to keep up the stretches, jiggles and movements. You maintain your balance now.
Baby is more likely to stay head down if you keep the space available.
Sometimes a long car ride or sleeping in a twist will put baby back to breech because the tension or twist comes back as the muscle finds it’s old habit. Simply restore balance in your pelvis and whole body by repeating The Three BalancesSM and the techniques with the word “Release” after them. Some people might need professional help, especially if professional help was needed the first time but try the self-care first as that is likely to work.
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Daily Essentials
Daily Essentials can be practiced daily throughout pregnancy to help bring balance and comfort — and an easier, shorter birth.
Spinning Babies® Parent Class
Spinning Babies® Parent Class provides clear instructions on how to use Spinning Babies® for a more comfortable and confident pregnancy and labor.

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