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Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

I'm nearing my due date, and my OB has mentioned the possibility of my baby being breech. What exactly does this mean, and why does it happen?

Re: I'm nearing my due date, and my OB has mentioned the possibility of my baby being breech. What exactly does this mean, and why does it happen?

The Bump Expert

As your due date approaches (usually by about 36 weeks), baby should naturally shift into ahead-down position in your uterus. If yours is one of the three to four percent of full-term pregnancies where this doesn’t occur, baby is in "breech presentation." This means baby is positioned right-side up (in terms of giving birth, that’s upside down!), with buttocks and/or feet positioned to come out first.

Breech babies are either in the frank position (buttocks pointed toward uterine opening with legs straight and feet near head), the footling position (one or both feet pointing down), or the complete breech position (settled cross-legged, with buttocks near the uterine opening).

There’s a few ways your OB can determine whether your baby is breech. One option is a physical exam. By feeling your abdomen, your doctor should be able to determine the location of baby’s head, back and buttocks. An ultrasound also may be used to confirm baby’s position. But, since baby can turn right up until delivery, your doc may not know for sure until labor begins.

Why are some babies breech? Consider your baby, almost the size of a newborn. Now consider the size of your uterus.A little cramped, no? That’s the basic explanation -- baby gets stuck. Some other factors that contribute to breech presentation:

[   ] Too much or too little amniotic fluid

[   ] Second (or further subsequent) pregnancy

[   ] Multiples

[   ] Abnormally shaped uterus and/or uterine growths (e.g. fibroids)

[   ] Placentaprevia (placenta covers some or all of the uterus’ opening)

[   ] Preterm birth

[   ] Birth defects

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

i'm in my 36th week, and i think my baby is still in breech position (i had an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago). as i can see on the possible factors on the list, i just hope my baby doesn't have any birth defects.... that's pretty scary.

anyastone23 |

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MIne's breech, and I'm supposed to decide if I want to have an ECV done or not. As a FTM, I have no idea what to do. The stories and things I've read, people I've talked to...total crapshoot as to whether it'll work or not. I've got a week from today to decide if I want to have the doc try to turn her manually...sounds like fun. Not.

malibu5880 |

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Mild exercise helps baby turn into the right position... I had an ultrasound a month back and my baby was breech and my doctor suggested me to crawl. Just for some minutes every day. My last ultrasound showed the baby was heads down!!! So try that!! Good Luck! :)

mariaelena_rs |

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All of my children were in the breech presentation until fairly late. Three out of four turned at the last minute. My 2nd child was actually born vaginally in breech position. She has no defects and is now a wonderful, smart almost 4 yr old.

rkak2684 |

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All three of my babies have been breach...I am getting ready for c-section number three (in three weeks.) Due to my anatomy the baby turns to the breech position around five months an never has turned back. I did try so exercises but, they didn't work for me!

Tority 1 |

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Hey ladies, I am 38 weeks and my baby has been in a frank breech presentation for 14weeks now. Nothing worked for me, I tried moxibustion, crawling, heat packs, cold packs, you name it I did it but then my mid-wife suggested i try reflexology (not the beautician type, a proper qualified one) and within 24hrs my baby turned so try that it really worked for me.

dotzero@telkomsa.net |

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If i wasn't worried enough - this is my 1st baby I'm at 36 weeks- that my baby is breech, looking at the list of reasons why just freaks me out more. hopefully baby will turn by next appointment - still debating whether I should try to have the doctors try to manually reposition baby

genie1285 |

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I'm 36 weeks and my little one is still breech. Doctor is concerned he may not turn due to his size (he's very long, my husband was 23in at birth & his head is almost full term, a large head runs in my dad's family.) If he's still breech at my 37 week appt. I'm going to a chiropractor that specializes in working with pregnant women. (She helped a friend of mine. Her baby was transverse at 37 weeks and the morning after, he flipped) The chiropractor can help loosen up ligaments and allow for more room for the baby to flip and drop..

MommyFoote |

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I am 36 weeks and my baby is breech. Personally I feel that the c section is best for me because I had a lot of unexplained second trimester bleeding and have had several abdominal surgeries. There are so many ways to try and turn baby but I feel like most of the babies that do turn after a procedure were probably going to turn on their own. Which explains why only 3-4 percent of babies will stay breech unassisted. I, personally, don't want to spend hundreds of dollars to try to get him to turn. I am leaving it up to him. :)

TrinityMachael |

Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

I am 37 weeks and my little has not yet turned back down. She's in the frank breech position. Given her size, the doctors seem to think she won't be moving. She's rather larget (in the 90th percentile, so I'm told). I asked about trying to turn her and they didn't want to risk it because there are so many factors involved. So now, I'm scheduled for a Csection during my 39th week. I am/was disappointed, but I'd rather my baby get here the safest way possible.

ToriNicole77 |

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My LO is breeched too! 37 weeks and 5 days and disappointed about the scheduled c-section at 39 weeks, but I want him happy and healthy so I'm not taking any risks with going into labor with a breech baby. This thread really helped because I was freaking out about why he we breeched. I was scared that there was something wrong with him or that I did something wrong. Now I know it just happens and my LO is probably fine.

Mary Berger |

Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

Like a lot of you, my baby too is in a frank breech position. This was discovered when I went for a modified biophysical profile at the hospital because I was concerned about decreased movement. Turns out that the baby is doing just fine in there, but I must have known something was wrong and luckily my doctor sent me to the hospital for my own peace of mind. It's been another two weeks and I am going on 35 weeks with no change in position. The last ultrasound I had was at 19 weeks and the baby was in the same position, so I think he has settled in. My doctor is scheduling a c-section at 39 weeks due to concerns about the risks of performing a version procedure. This was not my first choice for delivery, but I honestly think that everything happens for a reason and this is just the way he is supposed to enter this world. Moreover, I am thankful that I live in this day and age where modern medicine can assist you with a stubborn breech baby so that you are both safe during the delivery process. I would much rather this than be in labor for 20 hours, have it not progress and then end up with an emergency c-section and a very stressed out little boy from the whole experience.

EmmaT1979 |

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I guess im joining the club.... It was brought to my attention from 30 weeks that my baby was in the breech position. They advised me not to worry because my baby still had a lot of room to still twist and turn, etc.... Now at 34 weeks- he's still in the same position, I have been back and fourth to the doctors for close monitoring due to less fetal movements. My doctor is still advising me not to worry about him being in the breech position and by 37 weeks is when they will talk about birthing plans. Like seriously, I want to prepare myself mentally way ahead of time for having a c-section rather than waiting until 3 weeks until he's due .... Some doctors love beating around the bush when it comes to giving up info before time. The doctors have me coming in twice a week for monitoring plus im going to a perinatologist once a week. P.s. Im thinking about missing out on the suprise baby shower - #toomuchonmymind

peachbutter1 |

Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

I'm 36 weeks and my little boy is in the frank breech position. I go in tomorrow for a recheck to see if he turned, if he hasn't the Dr. Wants to proform manually flipping him. It's nerve racking that the procedure could put me into labor early and may not work at all cause I'm a ftm. I'm very nervous about having a c section I've never had surgery before and the fact that I won't be able to hold my baby right after he comes out makes me very upset. I know it will be the healthiest way for him to come but I'm still very scared about the whole situation. I hope he turned...

jesskephart |

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I'm 36 weeks today and my baby is still breech. I'm trying to just have a positive attitude and let what happens be the story we were meant to have. This is very difficult. I really want to have a natural birth so it's disappointing to even be talking c-section. I find out Monday at my midwife appt. if we have to schedule a c-section and/or ECV. I really do not want to do the ECV, it just doesn't seem natural and really scares me. I've been trying all the natural ways to turn her but so far she just likes where she is. People are stressing me out by saying you need to do this, do that, etc. etc. etc. to try and turn her. I feel that our baby is going to do what she wants to do and maybe there is a reason why things are playing out this way. I don't want to give up on my dream of a natural birth but I'm just confused by all the info we're getting from the midwife and family. Our number one priority is a healthy baby and a healthy mom. Anyone else feel this way?! #frustrated

jmed216983 |

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Some babies just prefer being breech for some reason and it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong. My son was vertex my entire pregnancy and now I'm 36 weeks with #2 and my baby has been a complete breech since 20 weeks. My only risk factor is being my 2nd pregnancy- everything else is fine. I tried every single thing you could think of- plus things I never heard of to try to turn this baby naturally. Spent a lot of money on seeing my chiropractor frequently and having acupuncture performed, buying moxi sticks, oils and other herbs, tried every position on spinningbabies.com (great website, btw!!), headstands and sommersaults in the water. Nothing worked!! So to try and avoid a c/s I decided to have an ECV done yesterday. Luckily the legs/feet weren't engaged into my pelvis and it was easier for the doctor to get ahold of them. It's also easier and more successful if it's your 2+ pregnancy as your uterus is already more stretched. It only took about 10 min. and no pain medication needed for them to complete the procedure successfully and I'm beyond thrilled! All I needed after a first attemt was a muscle relaxant because I started to contract as the doctor manipulated my stomach. I strongly suggest at least attempting an ECV before electively choosing a c/s which has many more possible side effects and longer term issues! And babies can turn in labor so at least wait until then to have a c/s (after a confirmation sono) - don't schedule it!! GL!!

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Q&A: Will my baby be breech?

I am a FTM like a lot you mothers..and my baby is still breech position...I will be 36 weeks on Thursday and I meet with my doctor then too. I am so scared of having a C-section but know that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be....God has a special reason why he keeps these babies in that position. I don't believe I will go through the version to try to turn her. I would love to get birth vaginally, my dream...but there is a reason why everything happens.

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