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A 37-year-old member asked:

what is breech? what causes it?

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Dr. Carlos Jesurun
Neonatology 48 years experience
Many reasons: Babies decide for themselves! Sometimes the anatomy of the uterus determines the position of comfort for the baby. Most babies do not have a problem. However some syndromes or chromosomal issues occur in infants that are breech. Sometimes infants with heads larger than normal are breech. Most of these issues can be identified by ultrasound or other tests.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Lots of reasons: Breech is when the baby's head isn't pointing down to the cvx/vagina. Frank/footling meanthe baby's feet are either tucked up to its head/dangling down to the vagina. Many reasons why; sometimes baby's size, shape of uterus, rarely it's babies w/ a neuro disorder. >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME

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A 46-year-old member asked:

When can I eat solid foods after breech extraction?

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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Immediately.: As long a no surgery other than vaginal repair was done, there is no reason you can't resume a normal diet after you deliver.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

How do I know if my unborn is in a breech position or not?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
OB or US: Most experienced ob's can determine fetal position just by feeling where the butt and "small parts' are when they palpate your abdomen. Just as easy and more reliable, is a quick ultrasound to see what is where.

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