The position of the baby in the uterus at the time of childbirth is called the Cephalic Presentation of the fetus. The baby’s position during the last stages of pregnancy decides whether it is going to be a normal delivery or a Caesarean delivery. Babies tend to rotate in the womb till the very last moments. It is difficult to predict what the final position would be on the due date of delivery. Read more about Cephalic Presentation Of The Baby – Best Position For Normal Delivery.
What is Cephalic Presentation at 36 weeks and what determines it?
The baby’s head is the largest part of the body; so during delivery when the head comes out first , the rest of the body follows smoothly and the baby can cross the narrow delivery passage canal smoothly. The most favored situation for birth would be the baby positioned head-down, facing the mother’s back, with the chin tucked in to its chest and back of the head ready to enter the pelvis. This is called Cephalic Presentation. Most babies settle into this position during the 32nd – 36th week of pregnancy; getting ready to enter this world. Your health care provider will carefully assess the position of the baby throughout the last month of pregnancy to make sure that the baby is getting ready for a normal birth.
In some cases, the head may be facing upwards towards the mothers’s ribs instead of the pelvis. This is called as Cephalic Posterior position. While we have understood that cephalic presentation is the best for a normal vaginal delivery, not all cases are the same. Every baby has a unique style of comfort while it stays in the womb itself!! Other Fetal Positions before Childbirth are mentioned below.
Common Positions For Birth
A fetus keeps on shifting its position inside the mother’s womb and just before the time of delivery, it usually aligns in a position with it’s