How To Alleviate The Pain Of A Posterior Positioned Baby

More and more women are entering into their birth journey with a posterior positioned baby. Now you may be asking what this is.  When you go to your health professional to have a check up towards the end of your pregnancy, you are measured, your baby’s heart rate is recorded and the position of your baby will be determined.  A position known as posterior is sometimes found.


The most common position is for your baby to be head down and slightly turned on its side so you can feel the smoothness of the back on the right of left side and curled up arms and legs on the opposite side.  With a posterior position your baby’s back is in line with your back and the arms and legs are moving freely across your tummy.

So why do posterior baby’s pose problems?  Your baby’s head will enter the pelvis with a deflexed head, or slightly tilting back, this will cause the widest part of your baby’s head to negotiate the birth canal.  With a head that is nicely tucked in, with chin to chest, this will create a smaller diameter and an easier birth

Generally, posterior babies will cause backache during your pregnancy and severe back pain during labour.  So how do you prevent a posterior baby?  Your baby will rotate into the posterior position if you are constantly lying on your back or reclining for long periods of time every day.  Your baby’s back is heavy and the spine will fall towards your spine if you are reclining or lying down for too long.

There are simple things you can do to remedy this.  Try to adopt positions where your belly is hanging forwards, this will encourage your baby’s spine to swing forwards and rest in a great position, with your baby’s chin tucked in.  Below is a list of positions that you can practice each day.


  • Sitting forward on a chair with your legs apart and your belly hanging between your legs
  • Sit on a chair the wrong way, turn a dining chair around and straddle it, resting your arms on the back of the chair
  • Crawl around on your hands and knees.  Play with your other children or maybe spot mop the floor!  You don’t need to do this for very long
  • Sit on your knees and place a bean bag in front of you, lean over the bean bag and your tummy will hang forward cushioned by the beans


All these positions can be incorporated into your daily life.  Just being aware of this will help your baby get into the best possible position for your birth.  If you do any of these positions and it is uncomfortable or painful, please stop and seek advice from your health care professional.

You may still have a baby that is posterior despite your efforts; this is normal and is because this is the way your baby is most comfortable lying.  You can still birth your baby and 8 out of 10 times your baby will turn during labour, or you may birth your baby in this position, it is not a condition that will cause too many problems.  The main concerns are increased back ache in labour and maybe an extended first stage of labour.  If you find that you are in labour with your baby in the posterior position you can help your baby to turn by doing big marching steps.  Bring your knees up high and march on the spot, this will change the dimensions of your pelvis and give your baby more room to rotate.  You can also walk up and down stairs to do the same thing.  Another way is to put one foot on a stool and one on the floor and this will also change the dimensions of your pelvis and allow your baby to negotiate the birth canal with ease.

I hope this has helped all of the wonderful pregnant women out there, just remember to keep crawling on your knees and visualise your baby entering the world in the easy anterior position.  Good luck and happy birthing.


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