Monday, December 17, 2007

Breech Position?

We had another one of our checkups today. It is always a bit scary until you hear that little heart beating away. Music to our ears. We also found out that everything is looking good from the ultrasound except that the baby is in a breech position. He told us that we do not have to be afraid of anything and that most babies turn before being born. I asked him and he indicated that if it was still breeched closer to the due time that he would perform a cesarean section (c-section).

I had heard about this before and knew it was a surgery but what does it really mean and why do babies breech. That is what I am learning about now online as I write this post.

Parenting iVillage has an article entitled, "Breech Baby: Should You be Concerned." It indicates that, "The vast majority of breech babies are fine. There are, unfortunately, increased risks of problems (abnormalities) in babies that stay breech into the last few months of pregnancy. Therefore, you have some reason to be concerned about your baby's health. Remember, an increased risk does not mean a high risk, just a higher risk than normal. Fortunately, the normal risk is low, so even an increased risk is still low.... About 30 percent or so are breech earlier in pregnancy (16 to 20 weeks), but only about 3 percent are breech at birth. Most do turn around at sometime during the pregnancy, but when they turn around is subject to chance, as far as we can tell. When we see a breech baby later in pregnancy (after 34 weeks), we talk about version. This is the process of turning the baby by pushing on your belly to get it to turn around." Click on the article name above for more information.

Cesarean Section (C-Section)
Baby Center has a great article entitled, "Giving Birth by Cesarean Section."
It indicates that, "A cesarean section, or c-section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. In certain circumstances, a c-section is scheduled in advance. In others, it's done in response to an unforeseen complication."
It also answers the following questions:
What is a cesarean section?
Why would I have a planned c-section?
Why would I have an unplanned cesarean delivery?
What happens right before a c-section?
How is a c-section done?

What are your experiences with a breech position or Cesarean Sections?


mom at 35 said...

since you're at 20 weeks, you've got many more weeks to go, and your baby may turn yet! your doc is right: your baby may turn in the coming weeks.

when i had my amnio done at 19 weeks, i was told that my placenta was low lying (placenta previa), which worried me to no end, but the doc said that my placenta may migrate upward and not to worry about it. he was right and my placenta did migrate up and was no longer low lying at delivery.

there may be some exercises to encourage turning a breech baby, but i'm not familiar with them, and you'd probably want to consult your ob/gyn about what you may do to encourage position change.

Our New Baby said...

I never know that there were exercises that could be used to turn a breech. I will look into this and let you know what I find out. Thank you for the suggestions and all of your help.

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