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Old 03-29-2007, 04:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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my friend said i should crawl on my hands and knees for 30 min 4 times a day every day to make sure my baby is oa, that's in addition to sleeping on my left side or stomach. what do you guys think?
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I believe OFP is important. You may need an exercise like the one your frined suggested but I would not waste time doing it if your baby is anterior. My opinion is the best thing you can do is be vigilant about how you are sitting and try to know baby's position.

There is a fabulous book called Sit Up and Take Notice that goes into depth about OFP. ICAN used to sell it but I heard they were out of stock. There may be copies available on Amazon.
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i borrowed that book from a doula friend in florida i read it once maybe i should read it again
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how do you guys make sure that you stay on your left side while sleeping? I am 33 weeks and I try, but find that at times I turn on my right while I sleep. I also get so antsy and uncomfortable having to stay on my left. You know, one of those things that if it is forbidden, you want to do it even more. Any tips?

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I gave up on the left side thing a long time ago. Sometimes, I feel like I can't breathe on my left, sometimes on my right and often (but not always) on my back. So I sleep in whichever position works for me at the time. And usually end up on my back in the middle of the night anyway...
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I gave up on the left side thing a long time ago. Sometimes, I feel like I can't breathe on my left, sometimes on my right and often (but not always) on my back. So I sleep in whichever position works for me at the time. And usually end up on my back in the middle of the night anyway...
Me too. Sitting on a birth ball as much as possible is helpful. I don't think crawling on your hands and knees is the best way, but I do the yoga poses cat/cow on my hands and knees a few times a day when I think of it.

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first time my babe was LOA and i helped him stay taht way with a lot of left-side lying, trying to keep my hips above my knees when sitting, and doing pelvic tilts frequently (probably 200/day?) a.k.a. cat and cow from yoga.

this time, i just haven't had the energy or attention for doing that much, and my baby really seems to like ROA. they will go visit LOA but always come back to ROA to rest. i try to sleep on my left side, but i have no qualms about sleeping on my right if i need to - sleep is more important!

if you do sit on a birth ball, make sure it's inflated enough that your hips are higher than your knees.

my favorite weblinks about fetal positioning:
http://plus-size-pregnancy.org/malpositions.htm
http://www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm
http://www.spinningbabies.com/

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i force myself to sleep on my left side although it's uncomfortable and makes my shouldure hurt. i'm hoping itll be worth it for a shorter labor where the baby doesnt have to turn all the way around
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There is a fabulous book called Sit Up and Take Notice that goes into depth about OFP. ICAN used to sell it but I heard they were out of stock. There may be copies available on Amazon.
I did a request to my public library to buy it so that I could refer my clients to it without them having to pay for it, and hopefully more random pregnant women might come across it and read it too. It's a great option!

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