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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

Breech baby

Breech baby

A breech baby or a breech birth happens when a baby is positioned with his buttock or feet first, right before the delivery. In this birth, the baby’s head is positioned towards your chest. The breech is highly common during the initial stages of pregnancy as most babies turn into head-first position automatically. 

 

There are four different types of breech positions that a baby can hold. These include:

Breech baby and pregnancy

Breech baby and pregnancy

Breech baby does not affect your pregnancy negatively. However, breech baby complications after birth have an increased risk of birth defects. 

 

If you have planned a normal delivery, your birthing plan may get altered due to a breech baby. In case your baby is in a breech position after 36 weeks of pregnancy, you may need a C-section delivery.

Breech baby causes

Breech baby causes

There are no exact breech baby causes. Several factors contribute to this position of your baby:

 

Signs of a breech baby

Signs of a breech baby

The common signs of a breech baby include how you feel during your pregnancy. 

 

You may also feel slightly different movements such as the baby’s kicks in the lower belly and a hard lump (baby’s head) closer to the ribs.

Breech birth diagnosis and treatment

Breech birth diagnosis and treatment

Your obstetrician will be able to diagnose breech baby position on a physical examination of your womb. Furthermore, ultrasound scans can be done to confirm this diagnosis. 

 

If you have a breech baby, your healthcare provider will try to change the position of your baby or plan a C-section birth. Common exercises to turn breech baby to a head-first position include:

 

Some breech babies can be delivered safely through the vagina. However, there is an increased risk of complications of vaginal breech birth, including:

FAQs
FAQs

Most of the time, a C-section is the safest choice if you have a breech baby.

Yes, vaginal breech birth is possible. However, there are certain risks and complications associated with it. 

Common risks include premature labour, premature rupture of the amniotic sac, need for emergency C-section and your baby turning back to the breech position.