Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I’m at 36 weeks, and just found out my baby is breech. Can this change before delivery?

Re: I’m at 36 weeks, and just found out my baby is breech. Can this change before delivery?

The Bump Expert

Yes. Baby will move around in your womb right up until delivery, so it’s possible that a shift to the head-down position will occur naturally.

Your doc also may attempt to turn your baby through “version.” This involves pushing or lifting your abdomen with his hands (and possibly the help of another person) to help baby roll forward or backward into the head-down position. Before the version, you’ll have an ultrasound to determine position of baby and the placenta, and the amount of amniotic fluid. Baby’s heart rate will be taken before and after, and ultrasound may be used during the turning for additional guidance. You also maybe given medication to relax your uterus and ease the turning.

Version isn’t usually attempted until after 36 weeks, because baby is still likely to change position before that. (And even after a successful version, baby may move back into the breech position.) But, since baby is growing right up until birth, version becomes more difficult as due date approaches because of the decreasing space in your womb. Sounds like an impossible equation, we know… but though there’s certainly no guarantee the version will work, more than half of all attempts are successful.

Though complications with version are unusual (meaning, don’t let the following scare you too much!), they can include premature membrane rupture, heart rate problems, placental abruption or preterm labor. For this reason, the procedure will likely take place near a delivery room, where baby can quickly be delivered by cesarean section if necessary.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

Hello, I am also 36 weeks and was told my baby was breech and that I had a bunch of fluid making it easier for him to continue moving around. My midwife suggested that I walk and use a birthing ball. I have been doing both for about a week now and am quite confident he has kept his little melon down! The birthing ball (any exercising ball appropriate for your height) is really relaxing if you are suffering lower back pain or that lovely pelvic achiness! I am not a doc just a fellow Mom to be. Good luck! Hope this helps!!

RubyTWOsday |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow but my baby has been breeched since 32 weeks. In my case, I have no choice but to have a c-section. My baby doesn't have the same support in her cord as most do, so it's not worth the risk to try and move her.

dontmakeariot |

Q&A: Shift breech baby before birth?

I was breech up until 34weeks when I saw a chiropractor and she adjusted me using the Webster method. Baby turned after one visit.

katieleecurrier |

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