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What can i do if my abdominal ultrasound shows that my baby is in the breech position?

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Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Discuss your options: If the baby is breech at an early ultrasound, this has no significance. If it is in the last 3-4 weeks, then you have some choices to make. The baby can be turned to head down by a procedure called a version. This works about half the time. Some doctors will advise a c-section, and a few may even still offer a vaginal breech delivery depending on the circumstances. The baby might even turn itself!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Wait it out: Babies do change positions during pregnancy so it could switch by next week. If it doesn't switch naturally, sometimes the OB can try a turning maneuver called a version to turn it., but this has some risks. If you go to full term as a breach expect a surgical delivery.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Depends on gestation: Among breech babies, >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks spontaneously. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME. Doctors can do this at 37 weeks and even at the time you plan to have a C-Section they can try one last time under anesthesia. Moxibustion/acupuncture may also help earlier on.

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