As I get close to the end of the pregnancy I realize that it
is important to work on baby positioning.
It is important because you want a more comfortable labor. So there are several types of baby positions
that will cause you and your doctor distress.
The general term for a improper positioning is mal position and this is
a baby in breech position, transverse position or any position that isn’t head
The above positions are the ones that can lead to Cesarean
Birth’s, this isn’t because a women is unable to deliver in this position it is
because very few doctor’s will deliver in the breech position due to risks of
baby getting stuck, and insurance risk.
The optimal position of a baby is the anterior position,
which means the baby is facing or it’s nose, is point toward the mom’s spine,
with head down toward moms feet. If a
baby is still head down but is facing away from the spine we call this
posterior position and many woman deliver in this position the only negative to
this position is that it can make labor harder and cause more back labor.
So one of the ways to make sure you have baby in an optimal
position is to get monthly chiropractic care during pregnancy, more if you are
having back pain and discomfort. The
other way to help yourself is yoga during the pregnancy, which helps
stretching, and you to move into optimal positions. If you do have a mal positioned baby you can
get treatment called Webster technique which helps turn baby into the correct
position whether you are transverse, breech or even posterior. One way to help yourself at home is to look up
the following website which helps you do positions that help move baby into the
I am now two days past my due date. However, only 5% of women actually deliver on
their due date. Babies have a way of
coming when they want to. But if you are
impatient like me and have a schedule to keep like I do you may need the
comfort of trying out some natural induction techniques.
Here are some of the most common ways to encourage baby to
be on your time schedule:
ØChiropractic adjustments – my favorite
ØWalking lots and lots
ØAcupuncture – not my favorite due to needles but
they can do acupressure also
ØSex – well isn’t that everyone’s favorite?
ØNipple stimulation – you can use a breast pump
ØCaster oil – talk to your doctor first as this can
have some unpleasant side-effects
ØLots of bouncing on a ball
ØReflexology Points – helps some but not everyone
I have been walking, taking the Uterine Tonic since 37
weeks, eating spicy foods as they are my
favorite, doing some acupuncture, bouncing on the ball and tomorrow will go get
a massage if nothing exciting is happening.
What happens if you are pregnant and get a cold? Well, in my case I have a cold with only
about one week before my due date and I am having trouble breathing which means
sleeping is even harder.
The approach to take is the botanical medicine side of treatment,
which has limitations due to pregnancy.
I am taking Vitamin C, Acer Campestrae, probiotics and
Sambucus to help clear the cold. However
I am doing even more to help the congestion move out of my head and help my
body heal and prepare for labor.
Acupuncture can be an excellent treatment for head colds and
stimulating your natural immune system to help heal. It prevents the cold from staying trapped and
turning into a sinus infection, which for me is really important since I don’t
want to have antibiotics in my system with the baby.
Here I am at our clinic getting needled, which as you may
know is hard for me since I don’t like needles. But it was worth it because I
feel a lot better! Acupuncture works for
many other health concerns as well. If you’re interested, check out the
wonderful acupuncturists in our office!
Supplements I am taking towards the end of my pregnancy.
There are some important supplements to begin taking at about
Just as I advise my patients, I am taking Pregnancy Tea Plus
Tincture. Since I don’t always drink enough tea, I am getting it in a
concentrated liquid form. This tincture helps prepare the uterus, and body for
birth, promotes a speedier labor and assists in the process of recovery.
Around 1-2 months before the due date, I also suggest taking
HMF Intensive, a powerful probiotic that helps reduce the incidence of testing
Strep B positive requiring antibiotics for you or your baby, which can mess
with a delicate digestive tract. Please
note that I also continue probiotics at this high level for 1-month post-partum
then switch to HMF Forte, which is more of a maintenance dosage.
At exactly 36 weeks I have patients start taking a really
good evening primrose oil which helps soften the cervix and prepare the body
for labor. This can be done orally or
vaginally. Please consult your doctor first.
On our website you can see a list of homeopathic supplements
that I will start taking during week 37 to help the body have a wonderful