*The information and suggestions here should be discussed with your health care provider.  Everybody’s situation is different, and I am NOT a medical professional – please do not use these tips until you have spoken to one.  Thank you.

There are many things that contribute to a smoother and easier labour.  One key component is your baby’s position.

The optimal fetal position:

Occiput Anterior or Left Occipput Anterior (OA or LOA for short).  Occiput refers to the back of the head, so when you are visualizing your baby in your belly visualize the back of the baby’s head facing outward, or toward the anterior of your body.  Your baby would be looking at your back with it’s head down, chin slightly tucked.  This seems to be the best way for babies to apply appropriate pressure to the cervix, helping it dilate, and the easiest way for the baby to move down and out of the pelvis.

Positions that may be more difficult:

Breech refers to a baby that is head up rather than head down.  There are different types of breech presentation; frank breech, complete breech, and footling breech.

Posterior refers to a baby that is head down, but facing your front rather than your back.

How you can help:

Regardless of your baby’s position, there are a few things to be aware of and do in the late weeks of pregnancy to get / keep your baby in a good position:

– hands and knees – doing cat-cow yoga stretch, washing the floor, or crawling around with your toddler!

– sit forward NOT back – any time you are watching TV, reading, or on the computer make sure you are leaning forward so that your belly is hanging forward as much as possible – leaning back on your couch encourages baby’s bum to swing toward your back (not optimal)

– lie on your side rather than your back

– go swimming

– do some art work to represent your vision of your baby in your belly, ready for birth

baby head down

If your care provider discovers that your baby is breech late in your pregnancy, it is a good idea to discuss these options with them,steps 1-3 can be used if your care provider discovers that your baby is posterior:

1 – acupuncture – I personally have found this to be a very effective method, be sure to see somebody that is experienced working with pregnant mamas!

2 – yoga poses – cat-cow stretch, knee to chest and downward dog

3 – positive affirmations

4 – moxibustion – I’ve attached a link to a Vancouver clinic that uses this technique as they have great information about the use and stats associated with moxibustion for turning breech babies.  I personally used this technique while pregnant with my first child to great success

5 – have someone talk to the lower part of your belly and shining a light on the lower part of your belly – the idea is your baby will move toward the noise and light

6 – keep your legs open, not crossed

7 – inverted lying – if your baby is sunken down in your pelvis it doesn’t allow them much turning room, if you do an inverted lying position it floats your baby out of your pelvis allowing it more space to turn.  Place a sturdy board propped against the seat of your couch and lie upside down on it! ( as always talk to your health care provider)


Relax and enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnant belly!

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