Optimal Foetal Position
How to encourage your baby into a good position for labour.
Encouraging your baby into a good position is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of a quicker, easier labour. You should start working on this around 32 weeks.
The heaviest part of the baby is its head, the second is its spine. Gravity pulls the heaviest part of the baby down, this means if you are sitting in a reclined position your baby’s spine will rest towards your spine. This is a posterior position and can lead to a much longer, harder labour, often resulting in interventions. Forward leaning or upright posture will encourage the baby’s spine to swing round to the front of your tummy (anterior position) which is where you want them to be.
Tips for getting baby into a good position
- Watch TV while kneeling on the floor, over a beanbag or cushions, or on a chair facing the back of it
- Sit with your back upright and soles of the feet together, knees out to the sides
- Keep your pelvis tilted forwards in the car by sitting on a cushion or a rolled up a towel. Have the back straight up
- Don’t cross your legs. This reduces the space at the front of the pelvis which is precisely where you want your baby to have lots of space
- Sleep on your side rather than your back
- Swim with your belly downwards – breaststroke and free style. Breaststroke is particularly helpful because of the leg movements used which work to open the pelvis
- Sit on a Swiss ball at work, or to watch T.V, You can also kneel and lean with elbows on Swiss ball
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