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Baby Position Inside the Womb – Head First

Baby Position Inside the Womb – Head First

During pregnancy, a baby keeps on moving and changing positions in various ways inside the womb. Baby position becomes a serious matter, only when you are approaching the end of your pregnancy as it can affect delivery. Head is the largest part of baby’s body, therefore when a baby delivers head-first, this usually goes without saying that the rest of baby follows. But sometimes there are certain variations from this perfect head-first position like breech position, transverse lie or shoulder-first.

Let us discuss about some baby position:

Head-First: In this position, shape of the mother’s pelvis will determine in which way baby’s head is placed. Generally it’s face-down, allowing easiest measurement to clear the pelvis. This position is helpful because baby’s head can pivot up against mother’s pubic bone, allowing the chin’s look to finish the delivery of full head.

Face-up or occipital posterior (reverse of head down): It is a more complicated delivery because baby can’t flex the head on exit. It’s like delivering a heavy weight baby. It’s not impossible, but it’s very difficult to push and this pushing stage of labor can last longer than usual.

In some cases baby’s head is sideways, called transverse position. Usually, here baby’s head can be gently rotated by doctors to face-down for a normal delivery.

Asynclitism or a head-first position wherein baby’s head is tilted towards right or left from the midline, is also another birth position. Many people believe that an epidural given before head has descended well into pelvis results in relaxing the maternal muscles; these are the muscles that normally guide baby’s head down, hence resulting in a sloppy, unguided descent. It’s a tough positioning and can lead to a C-section.

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