Babies change their position while in the womb to find the most comfortable spot. Almost all babies flip head down around 28-30 weeks. But, how does a baby turn upside down while in the womb?
There is a simple answer to that. A baby tries to find the most relaxed position so that he is able to stretch and grow. Your uterus also stretches as the baby grows. But, at around 27-28 weeks, there is a decrease in the movement because of less space available for him to relax. This is when he naturally starts to flip head down to fit his head into the lower part of the uterus and his other part of the body into the larger part of the uterus.
This is the sole reason why baby flips down. It’s also easier naturally for the birth to happen if the baby is head down because baby’s head is the most complicated body part. If the baby’s buttocks or legs comes out first, there is a chance of umbilical cord choking. There are many other reasons that can be explained by evolution and biology so as to why it’s important that the baby’s head is upside down. Like the shape of the uterus is made in an aerodynamic way so it’s easier for the baby’s head to glide out first.
What, if my baby doesn’t turn upside down at 30 weeks?
In almost 25% of the pregnancies, babies don’t turn upside down at 30 weeks. They will turn by 34-36 weeks. However, it’s a cause of concern if babies are not in an appropriate birthing position after 36 weeks.
Some other positions of babies at birth:
This is the most favorable position for birth. In this position, the baby is head down and facing the back of the mother. His chin is tucked into his chest and his head is ready to glide down the pelvis.
In this position, the baby is head down too but his face is facing towards the abdomen of the mother. This position generally leads to longer and painful delivery.
In this position, a baby’s buttocks are the first ones that are ready to come out of the birth canal. His head is up and knees extended.
In this position, the baby is again buttocks first, but both his hips and knees are in a flexed position.
In an incomplete breech, one of the baby’s legs is flexed while the other is straight. Baby is head up and buttocks first.
In this position, baby’s feet (one or both) are pointed towards the birth canal. This position along with transverse lie makes it almost impossible to deliver vaginally.
In this position baby is lying horizontally in the uterus, rather than vertically. Most babies in this position are delivered by C-section.
Factors that affect positioning?
According to one study, only 15% of the breech births actually have a cause behind them. Rest 85% of the baby positioning doesn’t have a proper cause so as to why it’s breech.
Some of the factors that do affect breech birth are:
- Multiple Babies
- Uterine conditions such as Fibroids
- Uterine abnormalities
- Fetal abnormalities
- Preterm Labor
- Placenta Previa
Are all breech babies delivered by C-section?
No, some babies can be delivered vaginally. But, babies in breech position are generally more prone to umbilical cord choking. If this is about to happen or does happen, the baby might be pulled by forceps. Delivering breech babies can also pose other complications such as increases interventions and infant mortality.
C-section sometimes become necessary to successfully deliver a healthy baby.
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