Now that you have seen the normal anatomy of pregnancy, let's talk about why your doctor is recommending a cesarean delivery.
In most pregnancies, the baby's position inside the uterus is vertical, with the head positioned down, for a normal delivery. But in about 4 out of 100 births, the baby is in a position that could make it difficult or impossible to move out of the uterus for a normal vaginal delivery. These include:
• When the baby is in a breech position, with the buttocks or feet above the cervix; and
• When the baby is lying side-to-side in the mother's stomach, rather than up and down.
Some abnormal presentations may correct themselves with no extra help. Or, your doctor may be able to change the baby's position by gently pushing on your abdomen. But in many cases where the baby is still in an abnormal position at the end of the pregnancy, a C-section may be recommended.