Using Lunges to Turn a Posterior Baby

While commonly known for their role in exercise, performing lunges can also help a posterior baby to rotate into a more favorable position for birth.

They are performed by placing one foot on a stool or chair next to the mother and then encourage the mother to "lunge" toward her knee, making sure the knee is facing out.  She should hold the stretch between 5 and 10 seconds. The mother can repeat this technique using the leg that feels most comfortable.  It can also be used to stretch tired leg muscles during pregnancy or labor.

This technique helps a posterior baby turn by widening one side of the pelvis to increase the baby's ability to rotate.  In addition, it creates more pressure on one side of the pelvis which can also help the baby rotate into an anterior position.

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