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What should I know if my baby is in a breech position?

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We bet you're excited to meet your little one. But wait. What if he's poised to come out feet or buttocks first? Find out all about breech pregnancy--causes, remedies, treatments, and when to call a doctor--to ensure your baby's safe passage to the world.

Definition

Head’s up! And that is exactly what a breech pregnancy is--when your baby is positioned head up that his buttocks, feet, or knees are poised to come out first, instead of his head, at the time of delivery.

In the early stages of pregnancy, breech position is quite common.

But as the third trimester progresses and the due date approaches, nearly 97 percent of babies turn naturally to the head-first position. However, about three to four percent of babies may still remain in a breech position.

Types of Breech Pregnancy Positions

A breech baby may be lying in one of the following positions:

  • Frank breech. This is the most common breech position where the baby’s bottom is near the birth canal, with the thighs against the chest, legs pointing upward, and feet up by the ears.
  • Complete breech. In this position, the baby’s hips and knees are flexed. The legs are folded with feet beside the bottom.
  • Footling breech. The baby is positioned with his head up, while one or both feet are positioned downwards. The baby would come feet first in this position, if delivered vaginally.
  • Kneeling breech. In this breech pregnancy position both knees are set to come first, and the feet are folded up behind the baby’s thighs.

Continue reading to learn more about breech pregnancy causes, risk factors, and when you should worry

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