Breech Birth – What does it mean if my baby is breech?

Breech Birth

In a pregnancy most babies maximize their cramped quarters by setting in head down, and that is known as a cephalic presentation. But in a Breech Birth position, your baby is poised to come out buttocks or feet first. And sometimes it took a long time to birth a breech baby. Which may be difficult for some women.

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Naturally when labor begins at tern, nearly 97% of babies are set to come out head first. And most of the rest are breech. And in a rare case, your baby will be sideways in the uterus with his/her shoulder, back or arm presenting. And this type of position is known as a transverse lie, which is rare.

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Breech Birth

There are different types of breech presentations in a Breech Birth, such as

Frank breech – bottom first with feet up near the head.

Complete breech – bottom first with legs crossed Indian-style

Footing breech – one or both feet are poised to come out first.

Breech Birth

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At the beginning of your third trimester, your practitioner may be able to tell what position your baby is n by feeling your abdomen and locating the baby’s head, back and bottom. About a quarter of babies are breech at this point, but over the next two month, most of them will turn on their own.

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Breech Birth

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At 36 weeks, if your baby’s position is not clear during an abdominal exam, your caregiver may do an internal exam to try to feel what part of the baby is in your pelvis. And in some cases, your doctor may use ultrasound to confirm your baby’s position. And it is necessary to do ultrasound for secure birth.

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Around 3 to 5 percent women at term of their 37 to 40 weeks pregnant, will have a breech baby. Most babies in the breech position are born by a caesarean section (C-section), because it is seen as safer than being born vaginally.

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