Posted December 16, 2008 by Jill in Ready or Not
 
 

Turning a breech baby

Q – My baby is breech, can acupuncture help?

A – Between the weeks of 28 – 32 of your pregnancy, most babies turn into the head down position. Once they have turned, they usually stay in this position because their head is the heaviest part of their body. However, some babies want to be close to their mommy’s heart so we find them in the breech presentation.

Acupuncture and moxibustion have been studied and shown to be an effective way to gently encourage the baby to turn into the head down position. The treatment changes the mother’s hormonal levels which causes the baby to increase its movements. These treatments are most effective when preformed at 32 weeks because there is still a lot of room for the baby to move.

Moxibustion treatment is the burning of herbs over acupuncture points, using heat to activate the points. A trained practitioner of Chinese Medicine will teach you how to use the moxa and will recommend to do these treatments daily until the baby turns.

Raeghan Siemens practices at Acubalance Wellness Centre, treating all stages of women’s reproductive wellness, from enhancing fertility, through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. www.acubalance.ca 604-678-8600


Jill