Baby’s Head down Position during Delivery


As a baby grows during pregnancy, s/he may move around quite a bit in the womb. An expectant might feel kicking or wiggling, or her baby may twist and turn.During the last trimester’s last month of pregnancy, a normal baby is bigger and doesn’t have much wiggle space. The position of a baby becomes more important as mother’s due date nears. This is because one’s baby needs to get into the appropriate position to prepare for delivery.One’s doctor will continually assess the position of her baby in the womb, especially during the last month.

Anterior Position of baby

When a baby is head down, with his/her face facing mother’s back, the baby’s chin is tucked into his/her chest and head is ready to enter the pelvis, the baby is able to flex his/her head and neck, and tuck his/her chin into the chest – this position is usually known as occipito-anterior or the cephalic presentation.The narrowest part of his/her head can press on the cervix and then help it to open during delivery. Most babies generally settle in the cephalic position around the 33 to 36 week of range. This is the safest and ideal position for delivery.

Can I turn my baby?

Occasionally, a baby may not settle up in the proper position for delivery. It’s important to know if one’s baby isn’t in the occipito-anterior presentation right before birth. The adverse position of a baby could causes complications during delivery.There are some methods an expectant can use to coax her baby into the right position.A mother may try the following:

  • When sit down, tilt pelvis forward instead of backward.
  • Spend time sitting on anexercise ball or birthball.
  • Make sure hips are always higher than her knees when she sits.
  • If one’s job requires lots of sitting, then take regular breaks to move around.
  • In a car, sit on a cushion to lift up, also tilt bottom forward.
  • Get on hands and knees for a few minutes at a time. Try this couple of times a day to help move the baby into the head down baby

The takeaway

Babies toss and turn frequently during pregnancy. A mother probably won’t feel their movement until the second half of the second trimester. Babies will eventually settle into a position for delivery — ideally head down, facing mothers back — by week 36.Before that time, an expectant shouldn’t worry too much about her baby’s position. It’s common for posterior babies also to adjust their position themselves before/during delivery and of course before the pushing stage. An expectant should try to stay relaxed and positive during this time.


A baby who isn’t in the head down baby positions before one’s delivery date should always be delivered in a hospital setting for the best care.Emergencies during this kind of labour need to be handled by skilled care giver. Be sure to talk to own doctor if anyone have any concerns about the position of her baby as her due date nears.

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