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External Cephalic Version


External cephalic version is a procedure used to move your baby into a headfirst position in your womb. After the procedure, you may be able to go home to wait until labor starts. Follow all directions provided by your obstetrician and other healthcare providers. Tell them if you have any questions or concerns about how you or your baby is doing after this procedure.


Seek care immediately if:

  • You develop a severe headache that does not go away.
  • You have new or increased vision changes, such as blurred or spotted vision.
  • You have new or increased swelling in your face or hands.
  • You have vaginal spotting or bleeding.
  • Your water broke or you feel warm water gushing or trickling from your vagina.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have more than 5 contractions in 1 hour.
  • You notice any changes in your baby's movements.
  • You have abdominal cramps, pressure, or tightening.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care for yourself and your baby:

  • Rest as needed. Put your feet up if you have swelling in your ankles and feet.
  • Follow your obstetrician's directions about activity. You should not do anything strenuous (physically difficult) for several days after the procedure. Your obstetrician can tell you which daily activities are okay for you to do until labor begins. Stop anything you are doing if you feel pain or pressure in your abdomen.

Follow up with your obstetrician as directed:

You may need to have another ultrasound to check that your baby is not in a breech position again. Other tests may be used to check your baby's condition. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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