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Health Tip: Some Women Are More Prone for Breech Birth

-- Normally, babies are positioned in the uterus so that their heads will emerge first during birth. But in the case of breech babies, the feet or buttocks are poised to emerge first.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says breech births are more common when:

  • The mother has had a prior pregnancy.
  • The mother is carrying multiple fetuses.
  • The mother has too much or too little amniotic fluid in the uterus.
  • The mother has an abnormality in the shape of the uterus, or unusual growths such as fibroids.
  • The mother's placenta is entirely or partially blocking the uterine opening, a condition called placenta previa.
  • The baby is preterm.

Posted: April 2010


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