2 Ways To Avoid Having An Occiput Posterior Position


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Do you know that the best position for your baby at birth is the anterior position? This position will not only make giving birth easy for you but it will also ensure that your baby is born healthy.

However, many times it may not be possible for your baby to be in anterior position. Instead, it is in an occiput posterior position, which can lead to difficult complications at the time of labour as well as delivery.

What Is an Occiput Posterior Position?

An occiput posterior position or posterior position is when your baby is facing your abdomen and the skull is towards the end of your spine.

  • It can also be referred to as “sunny side up “or “face up” position.
  • This situation is tricky because the hardest part of baby’s head rests near your lower back and not towards your belly. This will make you feel uncomfortable when your baby moves
  • Also, it can create excruciating pain for you during the labor.

However, it is believed that majority of the babies will actually turn towards to birth position on their own during labor. There are also cases when some babies may not turn and doctors will try to do it manually.

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In Case Baby’s Position Does Not Change:

Even after putting numerous efforts, if it is not possible to rotate your baby, it becomes a threatening condition for the health of your baby. In such a scenario your doctor might decide to go for a C-section birth rather than a normal vaginal delivery.

Why Is Occiput Posterior Position Considered As Unfavorable?

It is still possible to have a vaginal delivery, while in the posterior fetal position. But it can make the labor and delivery process cumbersome and painful.

Due to the following reasons, it is not a favorable position to have your baby in at the time of giving birth:

  • You might face an early as well as longer labor.
  • Your water may break even before you go into labor.
  • There are more chances of using forceps or delivery with the assistance of vacuum.
  • When you try to give a vaginal birth, you might witness episiotomy or severe tears.
  • There are chances for mothers to suffer from postpartum hemorrhage.

Giving birth while your baby in posterior position can induce short term complications for your newborn. Your baby might also have to be admitted to intensive care, thereby delaying your stay at the hospital.

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Why Is Your Baby In Occiput Posterior Position?

Although there are no exact reasons of having a posterior baby position, some general reasons are found to be the cause of occiput posterior position of babies. These are as follows:

1. Shape Of Your Body:

Sometime the shape of your body can determine the position of your baby.

  • If you have a narrow pelvis, there are more chances that your baby will be in back to back position because that part is the widest.
  • Also, your baby will find it more comfortable to rest the head there.

2. Activity Level:

A lot depends on your lifestyle during pregnancy. Whether you are active or inactive decides the position of your baby.

  • If you mostly have a sedentary life wherein your knees rest below your pelvis, then you are more likely to have a posterior baby.
  • Spending more time in front of a computer or sitting on a couch are some examples of sedentary lifestyle.

Ways To Avoid Having An Occiput Posterior Position:

As much depends on the level of activity to determine the position of your baby, you can try the following things to make your baby turn towards anterior position.

1. Exercises and Postures:

Certain positions and exercises can be suggested to you, which will encourage your baby to turn.

  • Your doctor might suggest you pelvic rocking, swimming, certain sleeping postures, etc.
  • Never attempt anything without your doctor’s guidance.

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2. Alternate Therapies:

Few weeks before the birth you can try alternate medicines in consultation with your doctor.

  • Homeopathy is said to bring some change in your baby’s position.
  • Similarly, you can try acupuncture as well as acupressure also.

Whatever method you choose, it is important to remember that it all needs to be done with the consultation and supervision of your doctor.

We hope these simple options will help you to avoid having a posterior baby. Take care of yourself and we wish you all the very best.

Also, we would like to know what methods did you went through to get your baby to the right birth position during delivery.

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