Around the 8th month of pregnancy babies will usually settle in a head down position in the pelvis of the mother.But some babies settle in a bottom down position in pelvis.Such babies are born bottom first and are called breech babies.About 3 to 4 percent of the babies born are breech babies.
Babies born prematurely are mostly breech babies.Having multiple pregnancies increases the risks of breech presentation in the uterus.If you have any uterine malformations or uterine fibroids, then your chance of having a breech baby increases.
Placenta previa increases your risk of having a breech baby.Also if you have too much amniotic fluid, then the movement of the baby will be more and this can lead to breech presentations.You are also at a high risk of having a breech baby if you had a similar experience in your previous pregnancy.The breech presentation is usually revealed by an ultrasound scan.
There are many techniques which can be practiced to turn a breech baby.It is seen that walking daily will help to flip back the baby to his normal position.Swimming is another form of exercise which helps in dealing with a breech baby.The water will create buoyancy which will make it easier for the baby to turn in the womb.
You can also get on all fours and arch your back while rocking your pelvis.Return back to the normal position after sometime and repeat this process.
Breech tilts are one of the most recommended and effective forms of exercise which helps in dealing with a breech baby.You should lie down in such a way that your hips are in an elevated position as compared to your head.This can be done by raising your hips with pillows.You can also lie by placing your feet up in a stool or chair while lying down.
If all these exercises do not work,then your physician will resort to ECV (external cephalic version ) to turn your baby.Here the doctor will turn the baby back to the normal position with his hands.This is usually done in the 37th week of pregnancy, provided that the baby and mother is completely healthy.
A bottom first vaginal delivery poses many serious risks and complications.Here umbilical cord compression can occur which can eventually lead to brain damage of the baby.So doctors mostly opt for cesarean sections to avoid complications.