Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Positions! Why was I worried?

So since my August 29th detailed ultrasound, I found out my baby was facing my spine and for some reason, I thought this was a bad thing! On Oct 1st, the baby still had not moved (still facing my spine) and I was kind of bummed about that too hoping it would move.  And since googling things, i'm now shaking my head and saying, "WTF am/was I complaining about!"

Info from Baby Positions

Bottoms Up or Bottoms Down

Vertex: If your baby is head down and curled in the "fetal position," he is considered vertex. His head will be in your pelvis and his chin to his chest. This is considered the optimal position for birth. Most babies are in the vertex position when labor begins. Some will move to the vertex position during labor.
^^^^^^ thank you baby for being in this position! The midwife has only been able to find the heartbeat around the lower right quadrant of my abdomen ^^^^^^

Breech: If your baby's bottom is down then your baby is breech. Many mothers worry if their baby is breech in the second trimester. But you really shouldn't worry as your baby has plenty of time to turn.
There are three types of breech positions:
  • A complete breech baby is sitting "tailor style" or "Indian style," with both feet crossed. He is in the fetal position and his bottom is down in your pelvis. The baby illustrated is a complete breech.
  • A frank (also called incomplete) breech baby is sitting with his legs crossed and fully flexed up to his shoulders. His bottom is in your pelvis.
  • A footling breech baby has one of or both of his feet down. This is rare. Even more rarely he may have his knees down. His foot, feet, or knees are in your pelvis.

Lying Around

     ******i'm not sure what position my baby is in, but I hope it's in the longitudinal
                       position! The last option looks like it'll hurt like a S.O.B!******

There are three different ways a baby can "lie" in the womb. The lie is judged by the baby position in relation to your pelvis.
longitudinal babyYour baby is longitudinal if his body is straight up and down from your pelvis (your baby could be either breech or vertex).
This is the position you'll probably be able to feel your baby in. Ask your care provider how to feel out your baby's position and presentation.
oblique babyYour baby is oblique if her body is situated at an angle. Her head will be more against one side of your pelvis and her shoulder will be towards the birth canal.
Babies in an oblique lie will turn to one of the other positions for delivery.
transverse babyFinally, your baby could be transverse which means he is laying completely side-to-side over your pelvis. A transverse baby cannot be delivered naturally.
If your baby is transverse, he may be able to be turned to ensure a natural delivery. According to Ina May Gaskin in Spiritual Midwifery, 99% of babies are longitudinal at term.

About Face!

Your baby is also classified by what direction she is facing in relation to your front and back. There are actually eight different classifications for baby position in relation to your front and back.
Anterior and posterior are the basic positions.

Your baby is anterior if he is facing your back. So your baby's spine is curled along the front of your belly and his face is towards your spine. Your baby is "anterior" if his spine is straight up against your belly. If baby position is turned slightly to your right, he is "right anterior;" if he is turned slightly to your left, then he is "left anterior."
Anterior is the favored baby position. It allows the baby to most easy maneuver through your pelvis and out into the world.
                      ^^^^^^ please stay in this position baby!! ^^^^^^^

If your baby is facing your front, she is posterior. Her spine will be along your spine and her face towards your front. If your baby is turned slightly to your right then your baby is "right posterior." If baby position is slightly to your left then she is "left posterior."

If your baby is facing directly to your right, then he is "right transverse." If he's facing directly to your left, then he is "left transverse."

You may be interested to know these positions, but your care provider may only mention them if your baby is in one of the posterior positions. Posterior babies are the ones who can create "back labor." Back labor is a backache during labor. It is often relived by very hard counter-pressure of the spot where the backache is felt. Most posterior babies will turn during labor, but a very few will be born face up - called "sunny side up!"

If the baby position is persistently posterior, avoid sitting back in chairs. Try to adjust yourself so that your belly is hanging in front of you, or lay on your side leaning slightly forward. This will encourage your baby to flip with his spine to the front.

Where is my placenta?
 - You have a non-low lying anterior placenta!:
The "weird" part is that babies usually face their placenta, in my case, the placenta is behind the baby. I wonder if this is a problem?


An anterior placenta simply means that your placenta is positioned on the front wall of your uterus (womb). Having your placenta in this position should not cause you or your baby any problems. Your placenta develops wherever the fertilised egg embeds in your uterus after its journey along the fallopian tube.

During your mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan, the person doing the scan (the sonographer) will check to see where the placenta is lying. She'll write down its position in your ultrasound notes. The position will be described as one of the following:
  • anterior (on the front wall of your uterus)
  • posterior (back wall of your uterus)
  • fundal (top wall of your uterus)
  • right or left lateral (right or left side of your uterus)
These are all normal places for the placenta to implant and develop.

The only possible problems with an anterior placenta are if you are having your baby by caesarean section. You may have a higher risk of bleeding, for two reasons:
  • The placenta may be lying just where the obstetrician needs to perform the cut to bring your your baby into the world.
  • If you have had a caesarean before, the placenta may have grown over the site of your old scar. Occasionally, this causes the placenta to grow into and through the uterus wall (placenta accreta). This is a rare condition, but is more likely to happen if you've had a caesarean.
Remember that, in the unlikely event there is a problem with bleeding, you'll be in the operating theatre and can be treated immediately.

If the placenta is found to be low-lying at your mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan you would need another scan at between 34 weeks and 36 weeks. This will apply whether the placenta is on the front, back or side of your uterus. Usually, the placenta is carried upwards as your uterus expands around your growing baby. If your placenta is low-lying towards the end of your pregnancy, this is known as placenta praevia.


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