There are many ways to encourage your unborn baby to change positions in the womb. A lot of them have to do with using gravity to your advantage. While these do not guarantee success, there no harm in trying as long as you do it upon the advice of your doctor.
1. Pelvic rocking
That rocking back and forth a few times while you’re down on all fours may encourage baby to rotate.
2. Forward-leaning inversion
A forward-leaning inversion position can be done in different ways. While you’re on all fours, try bending over so your butt is up and your tummy is almost touching the floor. Hold that position for 20 minutes three times a day.
You can also use an ironing board, with one end is on the bed or couch, and the other end is on the floor. Rest your head on a pillow on the floor end of the board as your feet are elevated. Hold the position for 20 minutes.
3. Pelvic tilts
It’s a safe and simple exercise routine for preggos. Lie on the floor and raise your hips as you inhale and exhale. Make sure your feet remain planted on the ground with your knees bent.
You can also stand with your back against the wall and relax your spine. As you inhale, press the small of your back against the wall, and then exhale. Repeat several times.
Doing a few gentle laps in the pool every day could also help. Being in the water helps give your baby the illusion that he or she is suspended and may be encouraged to turn.
5. Yoga, belly dancing, and walking
Yoga involves holding different positions, similar to forward-leaning inversions, while belly dancing uses the same principles as pelvic rocks and tilts. Sometimes, doctors just encourage moms-to-be to walk, as most babies often get into position when it’s time for labor and delivery.
6. Play music or record your voice
Play the music or recorded voice near your pelvic area (yes, near your vagina). The idea is your baby will be drawn to the sounds and get into the ideal position for vaginal birth.
7. Ask a doctor to perform ECV
External cephalic version (ECV) is a procedure where a doctor places firm but gentle pressure on your abdomen when you are 36 to 38 weeks pregnant. There are certain conditions, though, before your doctor will agree to perform this procedure. There should also be an operating room ready in case complications — bleeding and rupture of the placenta, preterm labor, or reduced fetal movements — happen.