Oriental therapy may offer another alternative. Most babies will move into a head down position before 30 weeks; however it is quite normal for some babies not to still be breech at 32 weeks. If your baby is still breech at 34 weeks you might like to speak to your midwife about consulting an Oriental Remedial therapist or Acupuncturist who includes Moxibustion as part of a treatment plan.
Moxibustion is a cost-effective, safe, pain free method of helping to resolve breech presentation. Moxibustion is a herbal product that comes in the form of a dried wool or punk which can be used directly on the body or is compressed into a stick and used indirectly over areas of the body known as acupoints. Moxa has a warming effect on the body and is said to stimulate and tonify qi, fluid and blood.
Moxa is used on Bladder 67 to stimulate foetal movement and encourage a breech baby to a headfirst position. Ideally moxa is used 2 times daily for 20 – 30 minutes from 34 weeks until baby has turned. Moxa can be used by the mother at home. Consultation with the midwife and oriental therapist may be required weekly or more frequently to monitor the progress.
This form of treatment can be used in conjunction with other methods to encourage baby to turn. In oriental medicine the root cause of a breech presentation can be a variety of reasons including lack of flow or stagnation of the body, physical stress or an emotional cause. An Oriental Therapist will be able to help determine the root cause and assist with other options you might like to use to encourage a headfirst presentation.
Some other methods you could include to encourage headfirst presentation:
- A regular Yoga Practice
- Gentle low impact aerobic activity
- Regular Massage
- Adequate Nutritional intake
- Adequate rest and sleep
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