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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Fetal position leg jerks could I be having a seizure or would it be rls?

Fetal position leg jerks could I be having a seizure or would it be rls?

Jerks: Morethan likely you have RLS than a seizure. Neverthe less, see a neurologist. He may want to do an eeg ...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

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What could cause someone with leukemia to be in the fetal position and swollen?

What could cause someone with leukemia to be in the fetal position and swollen?

Many things: There are many reasons for this, all of which deserve a good conversation with your treating team. The disease may make the patient feel poorly, the therapies may do the same, medicines to treat the side effects of chemo as well... Your nurse should be able to be a good resource to discuss these issues with. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm looking for the correct pillow to help relieve this. I sleep in the fetal position. Any suggestions?

What do you suggest if I'm looking for the correct pillow to help relieve this. I sleep in the fetal position. Any suggestions?

Problem?: Sleep however you are comfortable, unless you are waking up with muscle cramps or some other negative effect, your sleeping position shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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What is footling breech fetal position?

What is footling breech fetal position?

Bottom 1st-foot xtnd: The footling breech position is an unusual one. The bottom faces the birth canal (head up at the top of the uterus), & usually one leg is extended into the birth canal. ...Read more

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I am having some hardly bearable period cramps and I don't think I have any Ibuprophen. In fetal position. Please help!

I am having some hardly bearable period cramps and I don't think I have any Ibuprophen. In fetal position. Please help!

Not at all normal: This is very abnormal: you need to see a doctor about this soon. There is good help available, but it is in the office not online. Hope you feel better and good wishes. ...Read more

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I sleep in the Fetal Position. I've obtained sharp lingering pains in my chest around the Sternum for quite some time now. Should I be worried?

I sleep in the Fetal Position. I've obtained sharp lingering pains in my chest around the Sternum for quite some time now. Should I be worried?

Sleeping in the: Fetal position is similar to slouching forward in a ball, and can put pressure on your sternum. If you are having lingering pain, or problems taking full breaths, you need to see your PCP and have it evaluated. ALso, you can get a second opinion from a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist (DO-doctor of osteopathy) to rule out musculo skeletal reasons, and your ribs components. ...Read more

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I need help getting rid of menstrual pains. I have them so bad I am in bed in the fetal position crying and my fiancé doesn't know what to do. I take?

I need help getting rid of menstrual pains. I have them so bad I am in bed in the fetal position crying and my fiancé doesn't know what to do. I take?

See doc: Take ibuprofen and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated around the time of your periods. If your symptoms are that severe, see your GYN for further options that can help you
best wishes
Dr M ...Read more

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What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

What does the fetal position indicate in terminal cancer patient?

Fetal position: Could me patient is in pain, and assumes that positon in attempt to get comfortable. Could mean patient cancer is very advanced, patient is cachetic (lost lots of weight), and muscle on the elbow, knees, hips beging to contract in flexion position due to inmobility. If advanced, terminal phase is there, talk to oncologist for palliative care (comfort care) to avoid suffering. Good luck ...Read more

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I have really bad sharp shooting pains in my lower stomach area which causes me to pass out and also fall in a fetal position if I try to walk. What could this be?

I have really bad sharp shooting pains in my lower stomach area which causes me to pass out and also fall in a fetal position if I try to walk. What could this be?

See a Dr.: This sounds like a very serious problem as abdominal pain does not usually cause people to pass out or to fall into a fetal position. I would see a physician right away. ...Read more

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Will sleeping in a fetal position cause belly fat buildup?

No: Sleeping position has no impact on how your body distributes fat layers. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high calprotectin in my stool. I continue to cramp in the fetal position for hours. What can I do?

What to do if I have high calprotectin in my stool. I continue to cramp in the fetal position for hours. What can I do?

See a Doctor: Fecal Calprotectin is an indication of inflammation in your intestines. Please see a Gastrointestinal specialist. They will give you some medications for long term control. It is best to treat it by following your doctors instructions. Please see a nutritionist as well who will guide you with diet instructions. Till you see a doctor, please apply some ice packs for 20 minutes several times a day. ...Read more