Optimal Baby position or OFP optimal fetal position
The best position for your baby to be delivered is an anterior position. This is with your baby's head down with its back facing towards your belly button. You do not want your baby to be breech (head up), transverse (lying sideways) or Posterior (lying with their spine facing yours).
There are many exercises you can do to get your baby in the optimum position. You can address how you sit, sleep and relax to achieve this optimal position which is the best for labour and birth. OFP will reduce the need for medical interventions
We have covered the pregnancy exercises in your specific training programs - Squats (deep squats when baby is in the right position), hip bridges and lower back stretches are all good for baby's position.The specific exercises will help maintain and achieve OFP
To Improve or Maintain OFP you can think about these points during the day
You need to keep your hips open so your baby's head can drop into your pelvis, your baby needs to remain anterior facing. This is what you can do to help.
· Do not sit with your legs crossed
· Do not sit back and slouch in a chair
· Do not lie on your couch with your feet up
· Don’t sleep on your back
· Avoid long car journeys
Have your knees lower than your hips at all times
Keep your body-weight forward when seated. When you are sitting, turn a chair the wrong way round and lean forward from your hips. Try this at your desk, in meetings or out at a cafes with friends.
Watching the T.V at night? Lean over a Swiss ball or onto a bean bag or do pregnancy yoga stretches or your birthing exercises.
Sleep on your side, make sure you have a pillow under your knee
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