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Different positions of a baby in the womb

Updated at: Jul 07, 2015
Written by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Jul 07, 2015
Different positions of a baby in the womb

Babies keep tumbling inside the womb throughout pregnancy. Take a look at the various positions in which babies lie inside the womb.

Throughout pregnancy, a baby keeps turning around inside the womb. As the delivery time approaches, the position of the baby becomes a matter of concern because certain positions, such as the breech position  and  transverse position can lead to birth deformities. Listed below are the different positions of a baby in the womb.

Position of baby in womb

Breech position

Out of 100 full-term babies, almost four to five babies are in breech position during delivery, says the American Pregnancy Association. In this position, the baby’s head points towards the mother’s ribs and his buttocks and legs are near the birth canal. This position is the most undesirable one as the babies are more prone to developing birth defects or trauma during birth.  Doctors perform a procedure called version to turn around the baby’s position or adhere to caesarean section. During the last stages of pregnancy, the mom-to-be can perform exercises, such as pelvic tilt and breech tilt to turn the baby in the head-down position. The shape of your uterus or any deformity in the baby’s anatomy may keep him from turning to the desired position.

Posterior position

The babies in the head-down position are often delivered with their face towards the rear of their mother. Posterior position of the baby in the womb is exactly opposite. In the posterior position, the baby in the womb is in the head-down position with his face facing the mother’s abdomen. This counter position of the baby’s body causes back pain during labour instead of stomach cramping to indicate the time of delivery.

Position of baby in womb

Head-down position

According to the American Pregnancy Association, most babies toss, tumble and flip in the womb with great frequency, but end up being in the head-down position by the eighth month of pregnancy.. When a baby turns to the head-down position, which happens when the delivery time approaches, his head is closer to the birth canal and his legs when extended are nearest to the mother’s rib. For the remainder of the pregnancy months, babies stay in the same position to prepare for delivery, but it is mainly due to the reduction of space in the womb.

Transverse position

Babies that lie horizontally on their side in the womb are said to be in transverse position.  The baby’s head and legs point to the right and left sides of the mother’s body or vice-versa.  Transverse position of the baby in the womb is the most rare position and out of 2,000 babies, only one baby is delivered in this position. The baby lying in the transverse position finds it hard to turn around due to the structural deformities in mother’s uterus.  This position requires caesarean section for the baby’s safe delivery.

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