How a baby positions itself in the womb will determine the ease in delivery of the child. All babies don’t happily lie face down but are known to wiggle themselves into all sorts of positions. Normally these positions rectify when the d-day approaches.
But some stubborn foetuses that refuse to budge from their preferred positions may need some poking and prodding to get them to lie face down. How your baby lies will ultimately determine whether your baby will be born normally or not.
By the end of the 37th week most babies move face down and fix their heads into the birth canal. Some continue to float freely in the face down position without fixing their heads. This could possibly indicate a narrow and short birth canal. Let’s see the different positions in which foetuses lie.
Different Positions Of A Baby In The Womb
This is one of the most cooperative positions that babies can wind up in as they approach their d-day. In this, the baby pushes itself down with its face firmly positioned in the birth canal. The bottoms remain up.
If the baby is positioned vertex, there is a higher chance of you having a normal vaginal birth. It is important to remember that even perfectly positioned babies can be delivered via c-section as the actual delivery depends on a lot of other factors.
This is the complete opposite of vertex. In this the baby’s bottoms are facing down and the head is up. The breech positions are of two types; a frank breech in which the baby is in a perfect breech position and footling breech in which one of the baby’s legs manages to get into the birth canal. This can be a bit of a complication and may necessitate an emergency delivery.
This position is very rare and occurs in fewer than 5% of pregnancies. Here the baby lies horizontally across in the mother’s womb. Most babies love to stay in this position till the beginning of the third trimester after which they become vertex.
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In exceptional cases however, they continue to remain in this position. More often than not these babies have to be delivered via a c-section.
In this position, the baby lies diagonally across in the mother’s womb. This position is not that much of a problem. Babies who lie oblique with their heads down can be manipulated into a vertex position. In worst case scenarios, vacuum extraction or a forceps delivery may have to be carried out in order to deliver these babies.
More often than not these positions get rectified on their own. In rare cases the doctors may recommend some simple exercises which will help the baby to move in a heads-down position closer to delivery.
At times the birth canal is genuinely narrow and the baby’s head does not get fixed. In such cases the doctor recommends a c-section. The technology these days is pretty advanced and doctors know how to manipulate the baby into a correct position without causing undue distress to the mother.