Is anyone already trying to make sure their baby is in a good birthing position? After we had our doula prenatal appointment on Saturday, she made sure I was doing positiioning exercises at least 30 minutes a day, to make sure that the baby enters the pelvis correctly so that when labor does start I do not end up with days and hours of unproductive prodomal labor which is due to a baby that does not have it's head correctly on the cervix. Since I know this baby is big, I am definetly wanting to make sure it is in the right position..... I thought I would share her tips with you all.
Sit on a cushion in your car to lift your bottom up.
• Check that your favourite chair doesn't make your bottom go down and your knees come up.
• Take regular breaks and move around if your job involves a lot of sitting.
• Watch television on all fours for ten minutes every day.
• Scrub all your floors and skirting boards - our grannies used to say that washing the kitchen floor was a good way of preparing for labour. And they were right! When you are on all fours, the back of your baby's head swings to the front of your abdomen.
Place your head/shoulders on the bed/floor and your butt high in the air for 10-20 minutes at a time to help ensure the baby stays head down and engages correctly.
I found that the last one does help when it comes to reliving some pelvic pressure and making my back less sore.
Also is anyone using the gentle birth formula? I started it on Saturday and had to laugh after the first few doses, as it says it helps tone the uterus, well at least for me that was quite the understatement. It makes it quite irritable, but I can see how in the long run it will hopefully make labor not seem as long or hard.