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Doctor insights on: Curls To Fetal Position

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Fetal Position (Definition)

Fetal position is the positioning of the body of a prenatal fetus as it develops. In this position, the back is curved, the head is bowed, and the limbs are bent and drawn ...Read more


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Does the body always curl into the fetal position to protect itself?

Does the body always curl into the fetal position to protect itself?

Interesting question: It certainly seems common to find that the fetal position is often assumed in order to decrease abdominal pains. I suppose it also offers some degree of protection also. ...Read more

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Why does my child curl up into the fetal position every time I punish or yell at him?

Why does my child curl up into the fetal position every time I punish or yell at him?

SECURITY: Young and old alike feels " safe and secure" in a fetal position! instead of "yelling" use the positive approach. It works all the time. Your child may have legitimate needs and wants that he cannot express himself. Yelling will scare him more, and not good atmosphere for learning because he is always fearing something! ...Read more

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Is it true that the closer you get to death the more your body start to curl up into the fetal position?

Is it true that the closer you get to death the more your body start to curl up into the fetal position?

Dying Process: While this occurs in some people, this stereotype is not the usual situation. One scenario in which this can happen is the frail elderly patient that has a slow decline, confining them in bed over a prolonged period time. Then the large muscles, from disuse, begin to contract and atrophy, and the body becomes curled. ...Read more

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Is there a common fetal position?

Is there a common fetal position?

Yes: Arms, legs & thighs are all flexed. Body and head are curled forwards like a ball. ...Read more

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What is transverse fetal position?

What is transverse fetal position?

Transverse is that: A transverse fetal position is just that, baby is sideways in the womb. Sometimes the wall of the uterus has a fibroid or the shape of the chamber is more like a heart than an egg, with a ridged outgrowth that prevents baby from assuming a head or bottom down position. This transverse position will interfere with a normal delivery & generally lead ti a c-section. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fetal position?

What is the definition or description of: fetal position?

See below: Fetal position is the positioning of the body of a prenatal fetus as it develops. In this position, the back is curved, the head is bowed, and the limbs are bent and drawn up to the torso. ...Read more

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Why do I feel like just curling into a fetal position and covering myself?

Hiding: Sounds as if you are hiding from something. Are you scared of something? Or depressed? Do you have a history of depression? ...Read more

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When the psyche is hurting or in pain, why do we go into fetal position?

When the psyche is hurting or in pain, why do we go into fetal position?

Regressi/nonspecific: This can have physical, and psychological impact on that patient. He/she may be in great pain on one side and so is in that position for comfort, or that many thoughts are going through his/her mind. This might be a form of regression if the patient is unable to deal with his/her problems. This is why support from family members, freinds, doctors, etc. Is essential to help with these issues. ...Read more

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If you sleep in a fetal position do you grow taller?

If you sleep in a fetal position do you grow taller?

Sleeping in the: Fetal position will in no way enhance growth. It is likely that you have already achieved your maximum height. ...Read more

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Does kneeling on the floor help your baby get into vertex fetal position?

Does kneeling on the floor help your baby get into vertex fetal position?

Kneeling position: The knee chest position (with the pelvis higher than the head) may help your baby turn around. And come head first. ...Read more