Help! My baby is breech
Updated: Apr 25, 2019
You just found out your baby’s in the breech position and you’re panicking.
A breech pregnancy occurs when the baby is positioned head-up, so the feet are pointed toward the birth canal. In a most pregnancies, the baby will spontaneously turn head-down to get ready for birth, so a breech pregnancy presents some challenges.
In most pregnancies, babies are born head first. This means that most would have turned to head down position by 37 weeks. In only 3-4%, the babies are breech at term and it is unlikely that the baby would turn spontaneously.
Causes of breech pregnancy
I can't say exactly why breech pregnancies occur, but there are some reasons, especially
if the woman had several deliveries
in twin pregnancies
if amniotic fluid is low
if the woman has fibroid
if the woman has low placenta
3 Types of Breech
Complete breech: The legs are folded at the knees and the feet are near the butt.
Frank breech: The legs are straight up in front of body and the feet are near the head.
Footling breech: The legs will lead the way first.
Can I turn a breech pregnancy?
It is preferable to try to turn a breech baby between the 35-37 weeks. The methods of turning a baby vary and the success is only 50%. It is best to discuss the options with your doc. If all fails, C-section will be recommended for safe delivery.