When a woman is pregnant, one thing that will certainly not be missing are the doubts that arise about this very delicate moment, especially when we talk about first-time mothers. During prenatal consultations , many of these doubts can be resolved, such as regarding the pelvic baby, which is more common than we think.
And although a doctor can answer all the technical questions about the situation, more questions will always arise. After all, how to act when a woman has a pelvic baby? That is the subject that we are going to discuss today. But first, we need to go a little deeper into the subject to fully understand what we are dealing with.
What is a Pelvic Baby?
The “breech presentation” occurs when the baby does not turn upside down in preparation for the birth to happen naturally, as this is the ideal position for deliveries to be performed.
The pelvic baby, then, is nothing more than a baby with a breech presentation, that is, who remains seated even when the ideal is to turn upside down. Cases of pelvic babies are very rare, totaling about 3% worldwide.
The baby is in the docking position more or less between the 36th and 38th weeks of gestation . This is the moment that doctors and mothers are attentive to the baby’s position to know if he will have the “head presentation”, which is nothing more than the upside down position or if he will be a pelvic baby.
There is a technique for the baby’s position to be changed little by little, called the “external cephalic version”, which basically consists of using the hands to move the baby inside the woman.
This technique can be used from the 36th week of pregnancy , when a doctor realizes that the baby is not showing signs of turning. The external cephalic version, or VCE, was much more used in the past, when cesarean sections were not so common. Even for this reason, it is not easy to find a doctor who performs this type of procedure, especially in Brazil, where there is a consensus that such a maneuver is risky as it can cause the placenta to detach.
Why does it happen?
There are no studies that prove exactly why some babies do not turn upside down at the time of delivery. Some studies indicate that this can be hereditary, but we still need more information to be able to state anything of the kind. What is known is that this is something rare and that it can cause complications, depending on the woman’s pregnancy and may require a caesarean section to be performed.
Is Caesarean in the Case of a Pelvic Baby Mandatory?
Not necessarily, but in most cases it is recommended. A doctor can judge whether there is a risk to the woman or the baby and then indicate a caesarean section . There are also normal births that are performed even in this position, the so-called pelvic births, which require some special care by doctors. As it is a more laborious type of labor and offers more risks, it is very rare to see pelvic births being performed, even if they exist.
The concerns that a woman has before delivery are many, especially when it is discovered that she has a pelvic baby or that the baby is in any position that is not the most natural to be born.
Although this frightens many women, it is important to calm down and know that, with the necessary medical monitoring, nothing bad will happen because of the baby’s position.
Of course, thinking about the baby is extremely important during the whole pregnancy, but the woman also needs to take care of herself during the 9 months, not only because it is generating another life, but also because she cannot let stress and anxiety take over. care of your health. And it is for this reason that having good psychological support, in addition to the support of friends and family during pregnancy also makes all the difference for the pregnant woman.
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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.