Many women want to have a natural birth , others are afraid. Many also do not know how to act when the baby is not in the most common position and end up hearing about pelvic birth.
It is not uncommon to hear stories about pelvic birth, about what you do good or bad, and several other myths that people carry with them. But besides all the stories, what is it that really causes this type of delivery and does it offer risks for the baby? To know this, let’s go a little deeper into each of these aspects.
What is Pelvic Childbirth?
A pelvic delivery is nothing more than a delivery made in the pelvic position, that is, sitting inside the uterus . It is extremely common that, from the seventh month of gestation, the growth of the fetus occurs more quickly and the baby begins to turn upside down, staying in the head position, which is the upside down.
This is the position that about 90% of babies have, which is why pelvic birth is considered so rare and at the same time so unknown to so many people. In pelvic delivery, the child’s hips first come out and finally his head.
Pelvic childbirth is considered one of the most challenging types of childbirth for the mother precisely because it is so rare and unknown to so many, which causes a certain fear about the risks that she really carries with her. But it is always important to know that, when there is a medical team prepared for this situation, this type of delivery can be carried out with ease and without offering many risks.
What Causes Pelvic Childbirth?
It is not known exactly why some babies simply did not turn to the head position a few weeks before delivery. Despite this, there are some studies that indicate that the cause may be related to a poor adaptation of the baby to the uterus, which does not necessarily mean that there is a physical problem with it. There are also studies that point out that genetic causes can also influence a pelvic birth to occur.
Risks of Pelvic Childbirth
To say that pelvic delivery is a dangerous type of delivery and that it is not highly recommended has long been a consensus among doctors, but it is something that has been changing with the passage of time and the arrival of new studies. It is known today that pelvic delivery can occur in a quiet and safe way, as long as there is a team prepared to perform this type of operation.
But, even though this type of delivery is faster than when a baby has a cephalic presentation, it is clear that there are some risks that will be taken. Among the complications that can occur, respiratory are the most common . Still, it is important to remember that complications and risks can happen with all types of normal birth and with caesarean section as well.
How to make the baby turn?
Many doubts occur during pregnancy, for example, how to know if the baby has fit or how many months the baby turns to the head position. If a woman realizes that her baby is in the pelvic position and wants him to turn to the head position, there are some techniques that can be done, with the accompaniment of a doctor, to try to make the baby stay in the desired position.
Baby Turning Exercises
Most of the exercises done for the baby to turn are to try to give the baby more space inside the uterus and make him “realize” that it is possible to turn upside down. To perform this type of exercise, a woman must have adequate and comfortable clothes, without disturbing the belly mainly
External cephalic version
Also known as VCE, the external cephalic version is a maneuver that consists of types of massages done by a specialist that induce the baby to turn upside down in the womb. In order for this maneuver to be performed, some procedures are done beforehand, such as assessments to check the baby’s true position.
After that, the woman leans in a certain position while the specialist performs the maneuver, always measuring the fetal heart rate during this process. There are risks to be taken when a woman chooses to perform the external cephalic version, so this is an issue that should be widely discussed with the doctor before a decision is made.
When is a Caesarean Needed?
When the option to perform a cesarean section arises either for fear of having problems with the pelvic delivery or even for lack of information, it is necessary to have a conversation between the woman and the doctor to decide what is the best way to have the baby, always thinking about the short and long term complications that each type of delivery can bring. Therefore, only a doctor can say that cesarean section is really necessary.
The lack of information on the types of delivery and on the risks that each one offers often leads mothers to despair, especially those on their first trip. But it is always important to research and understand about situations such as pelvic birth, which may seem frightening at first, but which are easy to deal with and, when treated seriously, are not exactly a problem in the life of the pregnant woman.
No matter what type of delivery you want to have, the most important thing is always to be careful, to have a good follow-up with a specialist doctor and to be always informed about what is or is not true about the subject. That way you are more relaxed and, consequently, your pregnancy as well.
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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.