Nothing can be more exciting than the feelings of entering parenthood. But as joyful as it may sound, it brings along a lot of mixed emotions. They keep changing as the baby grows. For some, the pregnancy phase can be a cakewalk while for some, it brings along its own set of challenges. One such challenge is the position of the baby in the womb! Normally, at the time of delivery babies are head down. But there are certain exceptions(approx. 3 to 4 per cent) where the baby stays head up i.e. in the Breech position.
Now let me tell you a little more about the Breech position and how it affects the birthing procedure.
Breech positions are largely of three kinds:
- Frank Breech – The most common breech position, baby’s bottom is down with her legs pointing upward and her feet near his head.
- Complete Breech – Baby’s head is up, her buttocks are down and she’s sitting cross-legged.
- Footling Breech – Baby is head-up with one or both feet hanging down (meaning she’d come feet-first if delivered vaginally).
Though it is hard to say that if you are nearing the end of your term and you currently have a breech baby, you would deliver as such. Yes, babies are naughty like that. But as the size of the baby grows, it becomes more and more cramped in the uterus and thus, flipping becomes a little more difficult for your little one. Though, you never know!
It is normally considered safer to have a caesarean to deliver in case the baby is breech. However, there are techniques that can be tried out to change the position of the baby.
So, the first one is a medical procedure known as EXTERNAL CEPHALIC VERSION(ECV) – In this procedure, your doctor or midwife will place his hands on your stomach and push the baby into the head-down position using firm but gentle pressure. All this is done while monitoring the baby in parallel so that if the baby comes in distress, the procedure can be stopped and probably an immediate caesarean be done. ECV is not generally highly recommended for first-time moms owing to the tight and firm uterine muscles that would make it difficult to turn the baby.
Some other techniques that are harmless and can be tried at home are :
- Rock back and forth gently on your hands and knees with your buttocks higher than your head.
- Maintain good posture which opens up the pelvic area and can make it easier for your baby to make her move.
- Play music or have your partner speak near the bottom of your belly and wait for your baby to (hopefully) follow the tune.
- Place a bag of frozen veggies near the top of your stomach (some experts and moms think the uncomfortable cold sensation sends baby headed in the other direction).
- Visualize your baby in the head-down position. Maybe those thoughts send out a signal to your baby and she changes the position!
However, if the baby still does not turn, then your baby is definitely special and amongst the 3-4% babies that are born head first. And, you may like it or not, but then it is advisable not to opt for the route of vaginal delivery as it can be highly risky for your baby. And who would want that!
I also found a website that gives a lot of details about the breech position. You can also check it out on here
If you have any stories related to having a breech baby, the please leave it in the comments below.
Hoping you have a safe pregnancy and a happy parenthood!! The best is yet to come 🙂