Sometimes, the fetus remains in a sitting position during the ninth month of pregnancy, and this position can harm the baby during delivery.
The fetus in a sitting position: causes and risks
Usually, the fetus before birth is in a head-down position, which is the safe position for natural birth, but sometimes the fetus is in a sitting or breech position, which can pose a risk to his health during birth.
The fetus in a sitting position: what is it?
The fetus can be described in a sitting position when the fetus is sitting inside the womb.
Foot down position: where one or both feet are at the bottom, and then the fetus’s feet first come out of the birth canal.
Legs stretched position: In this position, the back is in front of the cervix, with the legs extended up so that it is in front of the baby’s head, and this position means the baby’s bottom comes out first.
Legs bent position: In this position, the baby’s back is facing the cervix, with the legs bent so that the feet are down at the back.
Reasons for the sitting position of the fetus
There are some reasons that can lead to the fetus remaining in a sitting position, and they are:
Pregnancy with twins: When pregnancy occurs with more than one fetus, one or both of them can remain in a sitting position.
Low or high amniotic fluid: This may cause the fetus to remain in a sitting position.
The presence of a problem in the uterus: such as uterine adhesions or uterine abnormalities, as well as benign fibroids, can affect the position of the fetus.
Placenta previa: It is a health problem that hinders the fetus’s normal movement, and therefore it can remain in a sitting position.
Pregnancy in close times: The chances of the fetus staying in a breech position increase if the pregnancy is repeated at close times.
Preterm birth: Premature delivery increases the likelihood of the fetus’s sitting position.
Smoking: If you smoke during pregnancy, this increases the chance of the fetus being in a sitting position.
The dangers of the sitting position for the fetus
When the child’s head is down, the largest part of his body will be removed first, and thus the rest of the body will be easier to remove without worry, but if the child is in a sitting position, the doctor will begin to remove the legs and butt, and the head remains at the end.
Therefore, the sitting position of the fetus causes many risks, namely:
Attachment of the fetus to the birth canal
In the case of natural birth, the baby can remain stuck in the birth canal and difficult to deliver naturally, and this leads to risks to his health and body parts.
Cut the umbilical cord
The possibility of a child’s umbilical cord being cut increases when he is trying to remove him while he is in a breech position, which threatens his life as a result of the interruption of the oxygen and blood supply to the child.
What should a doctor do?
If the child remains in a sitting position, the doctor can try to adjust this position through some movements that he makes on the abdomen from the outside, but if the doctor does not succeed in this matter, he often has to resort to a cesarean delivery to avoid the risks of giving birth in this position.
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