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Breech Position and Breech Birth - Home Treatment

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Whether or not your fetus is known to be in breech position, you can help with delivering a healthy baby. Everything healthy that you do for your body helps your developing baby. Rest when you need it, eat well, and exercise regularly.

For more information about staying healthy during pregnancy, see the topic Pregnancy.

Managing your breech pregnancy

If your fetus is in a breech position, ask your doctor if you can try postural management, which means using certain positions that use gravity to turn your fetus. Although this method has not been proved to turn the fetus into a head-down position, it isn't known to be harmful and may work for you.

It is normal to feel disappointed and worried if you have a breech pregnancy, especially when attempts to turn the fetus are not successful. If you have concerns about your fetus's health, talk to your doctor. Most breech babies are healthy and do not have problems after birth.

After delivery by cesarean section, you will need extra help with basic household and infant care tasks for a few weeks. Although you will be able to get up and walk around within a few days, you will not be able to do any heavy lifting. For more information, see the topic Cesarean Section.


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Last Updated: July 25, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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