Baby Positions in Womb

Fertility and Pregnancy

Everyone knows that a baby in the stomach is floating in a pool called amniotic water. The baby moves around with the head turning upwards and downwards- it is a fantastic scene to imagine.

However, when the number of pregnancy weeks advance the orientation of the fetus may require attention.

So, what is the correct orientation of the fetus? And when will the direction be decided? Why do you need to know about the baby’s position in the stomach?

The position is determined after late pregnancy

How far along are you into your pregnancy? What is the current number of gestational weeks?

As mentioned in the beginning, the baby is suspended in the stomach. Sometimes its position changes as the head rises or falls down or around within the day. However, this condition is limited to early pregnancy up to the middle term only.

After about 28 weeks, which is the late stage of pregnancy, the baby grows bigger and its movement is limited. Having difficulty to move in the stomach is actually a good sign because it is proof that the baby is growing, but there are cases where the direction or position of the head becomes an issue.

Of course, because there may be individual differences between different women, it does not necessarily mean that the orientation is completely determined at the 28th week of pregnancy.

Posterior Position

This is where the fetus’s head is pointing down, and their back is resting against the woman’s back

It is common for babies after a late pregnancy to wait for the moment of childbirth, with their bodies rolled downwards and their heads down.

If the position of the fetus is not normal, it is said that there is a possibility of causing dystocia during delivery.

(Obstructed labour, also known as labour dystocia, is when, even though the uterus is contracting normally, the baby does not exit the pelvis during childbirth due to being physically blocked. – from the web)

This is why the direction of the fetus is important.

Breech position

The breech position is when the fetus remains with the head up instead of down in the woman’s pelvis.

More hospitals are choosing caesarean sections because it is difficult to deliver with the baby’s feet coming out first through the birth canal. It is normally decided around 33 weeks – 34 weeks gestation.

Because pregnancy screening is also carried out every week, there are many cases of babies in inverse position (or breech, where the baby’s bum is positioned over the cervix and legs are folded up with his feet near his face) where preparation for cesarean section operation starts from the following weeks mentioned above.

Many cases are cured naturally

However, it is said that there is never a large proportion of women giving birth to babies in the wrong orientation. It is because there are many cases where the direction of the fetus returns to normal at the end of the last week.

For exercises to help get your baby into position click here and here.

When late pregnancy comes and the doctor or the midwife touches the stomach lightly, the direction of the fetus is often easily understood.

Relax and talk to the baby

It may be uneasy to learn that your baby is not in the correct orientation.

However, we cannot forcibly change the direction of the baby from the outside. The mother also needs to remain relaxed and avoid stress. It is recommended to talk to your baby and tell him/her to “turn in the right direction” every day.

Your voice will surely reach your baby.

Summary

We have explained about the correct orientation of your baby.

The lady who summarized this article was also examined at 34 weeks of gestation and was doing exercises everyday. At the 35th week of gestation when she began preparing for a C-section, the baby got into the correct position and she gave birth safely and normally.

Know the correct orientation of your baby and do not hesitate to talk to your doctor and midwife about things that make you uneasy regarding childbirth.

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