Breech

When your baby is breech, it means that the buttock or legs of your baby are closest to your cervix. This is very common in the beginning of the pregnancy as the baby tends to change positions and summersaults frequently. As your baby gets closer to the due date, the head will become heavier encouraging the head to sink to the bottom of the amniotic sac so that it will be closest to the cervix at the time or birth. Despite this,1 in 25 women will have a baby whose head is facing the wrong direction near the due date. It is dangerous to deliver a breech baby vaginally since the head, being the largest body part of the baby, can get stuck in the birth canal during the delivery. If you baby remains in a breech position near term, you will be either offered a cesarian section or an external cephalic version. An external cephalic version is usually done at about 37 weeks gestation and refers to when your health care provider turns your baby using manual pressure on your abdomen over your uterus. It is done in the hospital with the help of uterine relaxing medications. Turning the baby to a vertex (head down) position is successful in over 50% of times. Some people have used traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture with some success in turning the baby. If your baby remains breech at the time of the delivery, you will need a cesarean section.