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How late can a baby flip from breech?

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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Before delivery

Just prior to deliver, although less common than at least a few weeks prior.

In brief: Before delivery

Just prior to deliver, although less common than at least a few weeks prior.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Right up to the end.

But that isn't common.
We usually will wait to try to turn the baby until around 37 weeks, as they are more likely to stay turned. As the fetus gets larger and the amniotic fluid decreases, they run out of room to turn on their own. It's happened, though.

In brief: Right up to the end.

But that isn't common.
We usually will wait to try to turn the baby until around 37 weeks, as they are more likely to stay turned. As the fetus gets larger and the amniotic fluid decreases, they run out of room to turn on their own. It's happened, though.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Dr. Donna Wilkins
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

Fetuses are usually breech when they are in the 20 weeks gestation.
Some remain that way and some will flip very late in the pregnancy. If you have a septum in your uterus, it is less likely that the infant will flip. An OB may try to "flip" the baby --- called a version at about 36 weeks. You might ask your OB about that procedure.

In brief: It depends

Fetuses are usually breech when they are in the 20 weeks gestation.
Some remain that way and some will flip very late in the pregnancy. If you have a septum in your uterus, it is less likely that the infant will flip. An OB may try to "flip" the baby --- called a version at about 36 weeks. You might ask your OB about that procedure.
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Dr. Donna Wilkins
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Rare after 35 wks

Usually breech babies stay after 35 weeks.
There are breech tilt maneuvers your OB can teach you. If at 37 weeks, you still have a breech baby, a version (ecv-external cephalic version) can be attempted. Your OB will know if you're a good candidate & good luck. I just did one this morning on a very stubborn 38 wk infant (2nd time...). Good luck with yours.

In brief: Rare after 35 wks

Usually breech babies stay after 35 weeks.
There are breech tilt maneuvers your OB can teach you. If at 37 weeks, you still have a breech baby, a version (ecv-external cephalic version) can be attempted. Your OB will know if you're a good candidate & good luck. I just did one this morning on a very stubborn 38 wk infant (2nd time...). Good luck with yours.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano
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