Acupuncture has proven to be a successful method of turning breech babies in the womb and can even help induce labor for mothers that are post-term.
Turning a Breech Baby
When you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, sometime between seven and eight months, your baby will maneuver into the anterior position. This position is when the baby’s head is facing downwards and their spine is facing outward.
This position is the most ideal position for a baby to come through a safe and easy, natural birth. However, a baby occasionally is discovered to still be in the breech position before delivery, still facing upwards, which can result in complications for a vaginal birth.
There are a few methods that doctors can use to turn breech babies into the right position, but they can be painful for the expectant mother and traumatic for the baby. Instead, an acupuncture treatment known as moxibustion can help your baby turn naturally.
The acupuncture treatment for turning your breech baby the right direction involves burning mugwort over a famous acupuncture point known to turn a breech, located on your little toes. This moxibustion method with be instructed to the expectant mother to continue doing daily treatments at home.
Turning a breech with acupuncture and moxibustion is most effective starting at week 33-34, and has a high success rate.
Inducing Labor in Post-Term Pregnancies
Acupuncture can also be used to induce labor in overdue expecting mothers. Instead of undergoing painful vaginal inductions that could lead to infection or taking large doses of medication, acupuncture treatments naturally induce labor by revitalizing the body’s energy and can facilitate an easier delivery.