Abnormal Baby Presentations in Labor

Abnormal Presentations in Labor and Preparing for Delivery

Abnormal presentations may convert to normal up until the time labor begins. However, the closer you get to your due date, the less likely it is for your baby to change from an abnormal presentation to a normal one. To get an idea of your baby's position, your doctor may use ultrasound equipment, a physical exam, or an x-ray of your abdomen. But, because the baby's position can change, your doctor may not be able to know if your baby will end up in an abnormal presentation until labor actually begins.
Some abnormal presentations may correct themselves spontaneously, while others do not. In the case of a breech presentation, your doctor may be able to change the baby's position by gently pushing on your abdomen.
Mothers with babies in abnormal presentations usually deliver healthy infants. However, there are greater risks in these pregnancies than in those with normal presentations. In some cases, a cesarean delivery may be safer than a vaginal delivery for you and your child.
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