Position of the baby in the womb few days before the due date is very crucial for normal vaginal delivery to prevent any after birth complications of both the mother and child. Expecting mothers can feel the tossing and turning of the baby in the womb, but it is difficult to predict the position the baby will take during delivery.
Obstetricians and midwives have to be alert always to take up the challenges in carrying out hassle free vaginal delivery in case of abnormal position of the baby in the womb. Doctors may opt for C-section delivery if the position of the baby is not suitable for vaginal delivery.
Different Positions Of A Baby In The Womb:
A baby in the womb may take different positions depending upon the position of the placenta and structure of the uterus. There is no steadfast reason for the babies assuming different positions in the womb at the advanced stages of pregnancy.
This position of a baby in the womb is most favorable to carry out hassle free vaginal delivery, as both mother and baby can exert pressure during labor facilitating smooth delivery involving less pain. In this position, the top of the head remains projected towards the cervix with the chin tucked towards the chest, and the legs remain extended towards the mother’s ribs.
Also known as Cephalic presentation, this position is also recommended by WebMD as the most favorable one involving minimum complications. Complications may arise in case of face-up position instead of face-down as the baby cannot push effectively with face-up position for smooth exit. This is also known as Posterior position that often initiates back labor in mothers instead of abdominal labor pain. Head-down position is observed in more than 90% of deliveries as the babies assume this position few days before delivery.
Researches by the American Academy of Pediatricians reveal that about 4 percent of babies assume breech position during delivery. This means that the hips or feet of the baby are positioned towards the cervix, and the head remains positioned towards the mother’s ribs.
Mothers face extreme difficulties in delivering babies in breech position often causing birth defects. Breech presentations can be of different types like Frank breech with buttocks appearing first and Footling breech when the single or both feet appear first. Obstetricians opt for C-section delivery in many cases to avoid any complication.
In Transverse position, the baby lies horizontally in the mother’s womb with her head projecting either to the left or right hand side of the mother’s body and the legs on the opposite side. This position of a baby in the womb is of rare occurrence and obstetricians have no other alternative than to carry out C-section operation to ensure safe delivery.One out of 2,000 babies may assume transverse position in the womb. Doctors assign structural abnormalities of uterus responsible for transverse position of a baby in the womb.
Obstetricians and midwives should be experienced enough to carry out safe deliveries through proper observation of the position of a baby in the womb. Advanced medicines and safe C-section operations can be adopted to ensure safe deliveries instead of enforcing vaginal deliveries in case of faulty position of the baby.