When you go into labour, there is an ideal position for your baby to be in to encourage a straightforward a birth as possible. This is known as ‘optimal fetal positioning’. Isabel Diaz is an experienced London osteopath with a special interest in pregnancy & midwifery.

The following information is for you and your partner to try and encourage the ideal position before you go into labour. If you are expecting only one baby (not suitable for multiple pregnancies) and the baby is coming head first, then from 34 weeks the following advise will encourage your baby to lie with it’s back to your left side/front.

Here’s  the do’s.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BRAXTON HICKS MAY BE ENCOURAGED USING THE LEANING FORWARD POSTURES, HELPING THE BABY MOVE INTO THE OPTIMUM POSITION.

 Here’s the do not’s.

SOME USEFUL POSITIONS FOR LABOUR

Remain active as much as possible standing leaning forward and rocking your hips side to side, very effective during a contraction.

For comfort lean forward over a bean bag in between contractions.

Use your partner to find a comfortable position hang from his neck allowing your body to sag, let your knees turn outwards.

With your partner sitting on a chair, squat in between his legs and rest your arms on his thighs.

Use all fours position.