When you are pregnant, one of the biggest concerns is undoubtedly the baby’s position within you, and one of them is the so-called comical presentation. It is necessary to understand that there are several variations for the fetal position and that each one will require different care, since the position of the baby directly affects and practically defines how your delivery will be .
Fetal Position During Pregnancy
Until the 32nd week of gestation , the baby has plenty of space to move around in the womb, so his position is still not so relevant, even though he may show some signs of how he can stay later.
When performing an ultrasound after the 32nd week, it is when we are most sure of the position he is in, even though there is the possibility of him moving and moving around completely.
What is Choric Presentation
The vast majority of babies stay in the pelvic position (sitting) for a good part of the pregnancy, but assume the cephalic position at the end of pregnancy, staying upside down and facilitating natural childbirth . However, in some cases, there is a comical presentation, in which the baby takes a horizontal position, with the buttocks, shoulders and head at the same height, which can make normal delivery difficult .
When you and your doctor start to realize that the comedic presentation is happening, there are some steps that can be taken to reverse this situation.
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Advantages of Normal Childbirth
Many may wonder what the big problem is in not being able to have a normal delivery, since the cesarean section exists exactly for that. This is a good point, but it is also important to understand all the benefits of having a normal birth . We can mention some of the main advantages such as:
- Lower risk of infection, since there is no surgery;
- Accelerates the woman’s physical recovery;
- The baby has more natural defenses;
- Stimulates the increased production of the hormone oxytocin, which make the mother’s emotional bonds with the baby occur more easily;
- The baby has an easier time breathing;
- The mother and baby are calmer.
These are just some of the advantages of having a normal birth, but you can already get an idea of the importance of trying to change the baby’s position when there is a comedic performance. In addition to all these factors, the desire of many mothers is to have a natural birth, so there are some exercises that can be done to try to change the baby’s position.
Exercises to Reverse the Baby’s Position
When there is a case of comical presentation, the first step is undoubtedly the practice of exercises that can help the baby to turn upside down, that is, to assume the head position. These exercises use various elements such as water, gravity and the woman’s own body so that the baby can turn. The main exercises are:
- Postural inversion method
- Forward Leaning Reversal
- Pool Exercises
- External cephalic version
For the exercises to be successful it is important to ensure that the baby is awake and to wear comfortable clothes so that you can move around freely, as well as having an empty stomach when practicing. It is also important to have a companion while performing these comedian reversal exercises, to ensure that you have no problems.
ATTENTION: Never do any exercise without first talking to your doctor. It will tell you which ones are best for you and how long you should practice them for.
Postural inversion method
This type of exercise basically consists of leaving your hips 35 to 40 cm above your head, usually lying on the floor and placing pillows below your hips, although there are other ways, such as standing in a tilted chair, for example. Doing this 3 times a day for about 10 minutes can help the baby to come out of the comical presentation and find the head position.
Forward Leaning Reversal
To perform this exercise to reverse the comical presentation, you must use a surface with a bed or sofa, for example, to support your knees and lean them on your chest, keeping your hands on the floor. Hold for about 30 seconds. This exercise is also done between 3 and 4 times a day.
The pool is a great place to exercise to change the baby’s position. Water can be a great ally of yours, as it encourages the baby to move. Conventional swimmers such as crawls and breaststroke are welcome, but you can also squat in the water to stimulate the baby.
External cephalic version
The external cephalic version is not a type of exercise that you can do on your own. It consists of specific techniques that your doctor uses to try to change the baby’s position inside your tummy, usually when the other exercises didn’t work after the 37th week of pregnancy .
When Does Baby Fit?
The moment of fitting is when the baby is in a cephalic or even pelvic position (since there are deliveries of this type) already fixed in the woman’s pelvis, which stops it from moving. The fit happens because the lower part of the uterus gets wider with the body preparing for delivery.
Of course, not every pregnancy is the same , that is, babies do not fit all women at exactly the same time, although this usually occurs at 36 or 37 weeks of gestation. It is also common, especially in mothers who have had other babies, that the baby fits only when labor begins.
How to Know if the Baby is Docked?
When the baby fits, the woman usually has symptoms such as decreased heartburn and easier breathing, and it is also possible to notice that the baby’s movements are much more limited. However, the urge to pee usually increases a lot, as does the difficulty in getting around, as the belly tends to get lower.
Having a child is a unique experience, even for those who have been there, it is always different. Of course, all mothers are concerned with aspects that involve their pregnancy, such as the baby’s position and the moment of fitting, especially first-time mothers.
A comedic performance does not mean that your delivery will be difficult or more complicated , just that you must take certain precautions and that there is a risk that your delivery will not be natural. Remember that it is very important to follow the instructions given by your doctor so that the pregnancy occurs as smoothly as possible and without any complications.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.