Everything You Need to Know About the Head-Down Position
When women experience pregnancy symptoms for the first time, many questions come bubbling up to the surface. A common question most first-time mothers tend to ask is about the head-down position of their baby. Here is a guide on all that you need to know about the head-down position.
What is the head-down position?
The head-down position is also known as the cephalic position. It is one of the third trimester pregnancy symptoms. When babies are born, they usually come out headfirst. Hence, before birthing time, babies most often have their head in the direction of the birth canal. This position is known as the head-down position.
When will my baby go into the head-down position?
The period in which the baby takes the head-down position differs. However, in about 75 percent of pregnancies, the baby takes the head-down position in the 30th week. Some babies turn on their heads during the 34th week. While it may be a cause for concern if the baby has not turned by the 36th week, you must keep in mind that some babies turn right before the mother goes into labour. 4 out of 100 births don’t turn head-down naturally. Sometimes the baby assumes the breech position. These babies are delivered via a C-section.
Why does my baby turn head-down?
During early pregnancy, your baby will have enough room to move around. As your baby grows bigger, there won’t be enough space for this. He will try to find a comfortable place and will move towards a lower portion of the womb. His head will move closer to the birth canal, placing him in an upside-down position. From this time till you give birth, you will start feeling the jabs of your baby’s hands and feet.
Will I feel any changes when this happens?
If you have been feeling short of breath before, you’ll be happy to know that you can breathe easy now, literally! This happens as your baby moves away from your ribcage. You will also have lesser indigestion problems. However, since the baby is in the lower part of the womb, you may find walking a little awkward. You will also need to use the washroom frequently as the baby’s movement will put some pressure on your bladder.
What care must I take at this stage of pregnancy?
Before you start feeling the symptoms of labour, do talk to your doctor about it, inquire about tests to be conducted and about feeding and caring for your newborn. Also, make sure that you have everything you need so you won’t have to run about when the little one comes.
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