Acupuncture for Breech Baby
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to balance the flow of energy or "qi" throughout the body. It is believed that acupuncture can help a breech baby by stimulating certain points on the body that can help turn the baby into the proper head-down position for delivery.
According to some studies, acupuncture may be effective in turning a breech baby by promoting relaxation in the mother and improving blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture can also help with reducing stress and anxiety, which can sometimes contribute to a breech presentation.
There are specific acupuncture points that are commonly used to help turn a breech baby, including points on the bladder meridian and gallbladder meridian. These points are often located near the pinky toe, the outer edge of the eyebrow, and the outer edge of the little finger. We also use Moxa on the pinky toe to encourage baby to move.
A typical treatment plan includes 2-6 acupuncture treatments in a private room. The experience is relaxing and baby often starts moving quite a bit during the treatment.
It's important to note that while acupuncture may be helpful in turning a breech baby, it should only be performed by a licensed acupuncturist who is experienced in treating pregnant women.
Want to see if acupuncture can help you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Wheeler at Wheeler Acupuncture and Functional Wellness in St. Charles, MO. Specializing in women’s fertility issues ranging from natural cycles, PCOS, endometriosis, diminished ovarian function, premature ovarian insufficiency, fibroid, cysts, IUI, and IVF.