Originally Posted by HardCoreMom
pilar, i'd be super interested to hear any tips you have to share. in each pregnancy, i have always tried my best to do everything possible to ensure optimal fetal positioning, but if there's anything i'm missing, i want to know now!
From the book "Sit Up and Take Notice" by Pauline Scott:
- "The trick is to make sure your pelvis is leaning forward [which happens when your back is straight]... You can accentuate this posture by deliberately leaning toward the floor from your waist or by going down on your hands and knees."
- "Since the 1960's changes in lifestyle have been dramatic... Anyone who sits in a modern sofa or armchair will find that her pelvis tends to tip backwards... If you spend a lot of time resting in modern furniture during the latter part of your pregnancy, it is probable that your baby will be forced into the posterior position. And it is possible that he will enter the pelvis in this position."
The book points out how the incidence of posterior babies has risen significantly since our grandmother's time, when women were more likely to be doing the type of activities that pushed the pelvis forward (scrubbing, harvesting, sitting in upright chairs while knitting, etc.). Additionally, good posture while sitting and standing was encouraged back then, and it isn't now (think of grandma walking with a book on her head!). The book also points out that westernized cultures have much higher problems with posterior babies than cultures in which women are less sedentary. The most interesting thing I learned was that many incidences of pregnancies going beyond the due date have to do with babies being positioned incorrectly, and thus not enough pressure being exerted on the cervix.
Suggestions for optimal positioning:
- Incorporate leaning postures into daily life (e.g. read or watch TV on the floor, leaning forward on cushions or a yoga ball)
- When you sit down, make sure your back is straight, with your pelvis tipping forward and your knees below your hips.
- Lie on your left side when you rest and sleep (see www.spinningbabies.com for more info on this lying position)
- During car trips, prop yourself up with pillows or rolled towels so you are in a proper position.
- Swim, walk, or do yoga (except deep squats, which can encourage the baby to engage, and if the baby engages while in a "bad" position it's more difficult for him to turn later on)
- Sit forward on a yoga ball and rock your pelvis, like Elvis! (Make sure the yoga ball is big enough for your height so that your knees are below your hips.)
My midwife told me that www.spinningbabies.com was based on the ideas in this book, which are in turn based on observations and knowledge handed down from generation to generation of women around the world. It's not rocket science, but since reading the book I have become much more conscious of my posture and have made little adjustments that have made a huge difference in how I position my body. For example, I raised up my computer chair so that my knees are below my hips, I read lying down on my left side (instead of propped up on pillows on my back), and I use the yoga ball instead of a chair when hanging out with DH and playing cards at night. Rocking my hips feels soooo good, and my core is being strengthened just by sitting on a ball instead of a chair! I have felt the baby positioning herself more consistently with head down. The only thing that I don't like is sleeping only on my left side... What a PAIN!!
I hope this info helps, and if you have a mw who can lend you the book, I HIGHLY recommend it! You can read it in a couple of hours, and it includes easy-to-understand info on anatomy, positioning during pregnancy and labor, reasons for medical intervention, etc.