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External Cephalic Version (ECV)

If you would like to try to turn your baby yourself, here are two simple techniques:

  • Handstands are reported as being the most successful technique to get a baby to turn. Perform them in a swimming pool where you will be safe if you tip over. Spend about 15 minutes warming up and then stand in water deep enough so that just your head is above water. Do 5 handstands in a row, remaining in the handstand as long as you can.

  • The same pelvic tilt that is used to strengthen your body for delivery and relieve back pain can also work to help your breech baby turn, and research shows this method has an 88 to 96 percent success rate. Try this exercise twice a day, for 10 minutes at a time, for 2 to 3 weeks starting around week 32. It is best if you perform this on an empty stomach. Lie flat on your back and raise your pelvis so that it is 9 to 12 inches above your head. Stay in this position for at least 5 minutes, but for no more than 15 minutes. This works by allowing gravity to push and tuck the baby's head into the fundus of the uterus where the baby often somersaults to a vertex position.

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