How to Get a Transverse Baby to Turn


If your baby is positioned transverse, you may be wondering how to turn a transverse baby. There are several techniques you can use to make the baby rotate. This article will go over Placenta previa, Fetopelvic disproportion, and the External cephalic version. You can also learn about the temperature-induced position. If none of these options seem to work, try one of these other options.

Placenta previa

Treatment for placenta previa and getting a baby to turn depends on the stage of pregnancy and severity of bleeding. While the goal of treatment is to keep a woman as pregnant as possible, treatment options may include a c-section, vaginal exams, and no sex. Some women may have had D&C after a miscarriage.

If a placenta previa causes the baby to remain in a transverse position, you should consult a doctor right away. This condition can be very dangerous for both the mother and the baby, and your doctor will perform a speculum vaginal exam to ensure that the pregnancy is not complicating. After your doctor has confirmed the diagnosis, you will need to undergo close monitoring and avoid activities that irritate your cervix or cause contractions.

Fetopelvic disproportion

If the child is breech, the head will be in the anterior-posterior diameter of the pelvis. The elongated head will meet the narrowest part of the maternal pelvis at the inlet, where the fetal neck may become stuck. If the breech position is a persistent problem, a qualified provider should be able to help turn the head into the transverse diameter.

Many factors contribute to transverse presentation, including multiple babies in the uterus, prolonged labor, and unusual presentations. The breech position is generally not a serious condition but transverse presentation of the baby increases the risk of delivery complications, stillbirth, and uterine rupture. Transverse positioning can be difficult and painful, especially during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy, and should be addressed by a physician immediately.

External cephalic version procedure

An external cephalic version procedure to turn a transverse baby is generally performed at 37 weeks of pregnancy. This procedure carries some risks, including a possibility of premature labor and fetal distress. Therefore, most healthcare providers recommend waiting until 37 weeks of pregnancy before undergoing this procedure. If you do wait, the baby may spontaneously turn head down. There is a five percent risk of the procedure causing the baby to turn head down, and in about 5 percent of cases, the baby’s heart rate will increase or decrease. Other serious complications include an emergency C-section, vaginal bleeding, loss of amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord prolapse.

While the incidence of PROM is increasing, the likelihood of an external cephalic version is lower in breech presentations. Early diagnosis is important to ensuring success. The procedure requires a specialized sonographer and ultrasound machine. In addition, the obstetrician should have access to a cesarean section. Before performing the external cephalic version procedure, an ultrasound of the abdominal region is recommended to check the baby’s position. The sonographer should also note whether the baby’s head is in a breech position.

Using temperature to move a baby out of the position

During labor, mothers can use temperature therapy to move transverse babies. Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on the baby’s head, or a warm item on the lower part of the uterus. As the baby tries to escape the coldness, it will move toward the warm area and out of the transverse position. Alternatively, mothers can also apply hot or cold compresses to the baby to encourage it to move.

Despite the risks involved, transverse babies can often be very comfortable, and it isn’t a serious problem until late in the pregnancy. During the first, second, and early third trimesters, transverse babies aren’t a problem. Still, mothers should visit a doctor for a prenatal checkup regularly so that any potential problems can be identified early.