Podalic Childbirth – Indication and Risks

Some moments of our lives are marked by many doubts and for women this condition presents itself with greater force during the period of pregnancy. When they hear strange names such as foot birth, it is common to be frightened, because they do not know what it is about.

What is Podalic Childbirth

One of the types of childbirth that many people imagine that it is not possible to perform, or that they think is the occasion where a cesarean surgery is needed , is the foot delivery , which occurs when the baby is in a pelvic position, that is, he is born “seated”.

It is common for babies to stay in this position until about the 36th week of gestation, when they tend to start to turn upside down and fit into the woman’s pelvis to be born.

However, this does not happen with all babies, since some are in the cormic position and others in the pelvic position. Many think that, when this happens, it is time to go for a cesarean section, but the truth is that a podalic birth can happen without major problems , as long as they are accompanied by professionals and with the necessary measures taken.

Why Does Podalic Childbirth Occur? (H3)

To understand the reason for such a birth to happen, we first need to understand how the woman’s body prepares for the moment of childbirth . From the seventh month of gestation, the uterus of the pregnant woman tends to change its shape to prepare for childbirth, just as the fluid in the amniotic pouch begins to decrease.

From that moment, the fetus begins to grow faster and fills almost the entire uterus. It is the uterine contractions that determine the baby’s position at that moment, as they become more and more intense (the contractions happen throughout the pregnancy, but usually only notice during labor ).

One of the main reasons for a foot birth to occur may be the poor structure in the woman’s uterus , which ends up affecting the baby’s position or making it impossible for the baby to be in the correct position for a conventional delivery. Premature births are also at risk of being footy, as the baby is often not yet in the head position (upside down).

How Does a Podalic Childbirth Happen?

A foot or pelvic birth takes place in a very similar way to conventional natural births , however, with the baby being born first with the feet or even with the butt in front in some cases, it is necessary to take some special care for the child to have a birth quiet, which makes this type of delivery much more laborious , but nothing that is impossible to be performed.

It is important to remember that a baby is not always in a pelvic position, normal delivery is possible. There are many cases where there is a real risk and cesarean surgery needs to be performed . To be sure, the most recommended is to have a good conversation with the doctor, presenting your wishes and seeing what are the real possibilities for a normal birth to happen.

Risks of Footbirth

There are some risks that podalic birth can have, mainly because the head is the last and most fragile part of your body. Sometimes, just in the part of the head, the obstetrician realizes that the head is much larger than the dilation of the vagina. Surgery may be necessary to avoid further complications.

But despite being laborious, foot birth does not present any major risks to the baby’s health, of course if your prenatal care is done correctly and you know that there are no other health problems involved.

Many women may wonder why they should not have cesarean surgery , as this would solve the problem and the complications that a foot birth can bring would not exist. We have to think that, in addition to the advantages that a natural birth has as a faster recovery of the woman’s body, for example, it is also the wish of many mothers to have their child in the most natural way possible and this must be respected.

Although it is a type of delivery that takes more time and requires a lot of women, podalic or pelvic delivery is possible and it is a natural way for women to have their baby . It is clear that a good professional accompaniment with doctors and nurses who understand what the woman is
feeling at the moment can facilitate the whole process. So, do not be afraid if you have to have a foot delivery, it is more common than many imagine.

See also: Pre-Childbirth: How Are the Symptoms and Phases until Childbirth

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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.

Dr. Alexis Hart

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.

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