Babies already have a mind of their own even when they are still in the womb. One thing that we can’t always control is which way a baby presents in the womb before birth. Most babies move into the head down position during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Some babies present as breech, this actually means that they are the wrong way round. Rather than having their head towards the birth canal, their feet are in that position. Babies should be born head first as this is a smoother way of giving birth, the baby’s head moulds itself to the birth canal making it easier for the baby to be born. As the head is large, it tends to stretch the birth canal to smooth the transition of the rest of the body. If the feet are first the head doesn’t have time to mould to the birth canal, which can be very dangerous for both the baby and the mother as there is a higher risk that the baby could get stuck in the birth canal.
The first thing to remember about breech babies is that they do often turn back to the correct position themselves. If you are around 35-36 weeks pregnant and your baby is still presenting as breech then it could be time to contact your acupuncturist.
An acupuncture session for breech babies is often combined with Moxibustion. This is the practice of applying a herbal moxa stick with medicinal herbs (mugwort) to a particular part of the body. For breech babies, this is commonly the corner of the smallest toes, it doesn’t burn but provides a deeply relaxing experience. Acupuncture needles are placed on key acupuncture points on the back to support this process.
The combination of Moxibustion and acupuncture is very helpful as it improves the energy within the body (the Qi), which in turn encourages the baby to move more. This increase in movement means that baby is more likely to turn.
Acupuncture can be incredibly useful in pregnancy for a number of symptoms and it can help to make the process of giving birth a much more relaxing and comfortable one, why not investigate how it could help you from now until the happy event?
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