I never thought I would be the first woman in my family to have a C-Section. If you are hoping to avoid a C-Section due to breech presentation there are exercises that will help the baby move into the correct position for delivery and I am sharing those with you today!
The Best Pregnancy Exercises to Avoid a C-Section
As a little girl I never planned out the details of my wedding or dreamt of my Prince Charming. However, I did always want to deliver a baby naturally.
Super strange thing for a kid to think about – but it’s true.
When I finally became pregnant (and after I dealt with Hyperemesis Gravidarum for 5 months), my husband and I signed up for Bradley Method classes to help achieve our goal of a natural birth.
In the course they promote healthy eating, breathing and pregnancy exercises to prepare for birth.
Due to my severe morning sickness for the first five months, we were not able to focus on nutrition or exercise until the hyperemsis ended.
Luckily, once I hit the 20 week mark my morning sickness faded and I was able to focus on a healthy second half of the pregnancy.
How the Baby is Positioned
Since everything in the pregnancy was progressing normally after the 20th week, we declined our second sonogram.
Then at 36 weeks we went through with what was going to be the last sonogram just to confirm the position of the baby.
That is when we found out she was breech – and probably had been for a very long time.
Our Nurse Midwife was supportive and gave me a long list of pregnancy exercises I could try to do to get the baby to turn.
I did all of the pregnancy exercises on the list and many other suggestions. I even did handstands in a pool! (Please don’t do that without approval from your doctor).
Unfortunately it was too late. She was firmly planted and wasn’t moving. I even waited until labor to see if she would turn.
There was no luck. She was delivered via C-Section due to breech presentation.
Must Do Pregnancy Exercises to Avoid a C-Section
Since my C-Section I have learned there are many pregnancy exercises that I should have been doing earlier.
Your best bet is to do these activities early and often so the baby turns at the right time.
I feel very strongly that if I would have done these pregnancy exercises earlier I would not have had a C-Section.
My hope is to share these tips, strategies and exercises to help other moms avoid C-Sections that could have been