While as many as 34 percent of babies are posterior when labor starts, only 5 to 8 percent of them are posterior at birth. It’s common for a baby’s position to change during labor, often more than once. Most babies rotate on their own to the face-down position before birth.
How common is posterior birth?
Unfortunately, approximately five in 100 babies remain in the posterior position during labor. A woman can safely give birth to a baby in the posterior position, but labor may be longer and more painful. The risk of complications is also much greater.
Are posterior babies more likely to be overdue?
This means that it is harder for labour to start naturally, so posterior babies are more likely to be overdue. When labour does start, there is often increased back pain, irregular contractions and slower dilation of the cervix, which cause a longer labour as the contractions rotate the baby to a better position.
What causes a baby to be posterior?
It apparently evens out the muscles in the uterus, allowing baby to fit into an optimal position. Sometimes a posterior position is caused by a lack of strength in your lower stomach muscles…in this case a belly support or belly binding (a large sheet or towel wrapped tightly around the belly for support) might help.
How common are back to back babies?
Don’t panic. In the end, your baby is very likely to end up in the occiput anterior position – one of the best positions. Only five to eight of every 100 babies end up back-to-back with you anyway (Tommy’s, 2016).
Is posterior position good for delivery?
Occiput Posterior (OP)
It is safe to deliver a baby facing this way. But it is harder for the baby to get through the pelvis. If a baby is in this position, sometimes it will rotate around during labor so that the head stays down and the body faces the mother’s back (OA position).
Why is posterior birth more painful?
Posterior positioning means that baby’s head is pressing against mom’s sacrum. The hard head is pressing against the hard sacrum. It would not hurt as much if the soft face was pressed against the hard sacrum, at least for mom (baby may not like it that much though). This hard pressure creates back pain.
Where do you feel kicks if baby is posterior?
Posterior position (head down, with his back against your back). This position usually means you’ll feel kicks right at the front of your tummy, generally around the middle. You may also notice that your tummy looks as though it’s flattened out, rather than being a rounded shape.
Can posterior babies turn?
How can a posterior position baby affect the birth? A posterior labour will generally progress just as efficiently as an anterior labour, especially if the mother has good contractions and assumes forward-leaning, active birth positions. Around 90 percent of posterior babies will turn during the course of labour.
Does having a posterior cervix affect labor?
Most likely, labor is not coming immediately, but everyone’s labor progresses differently. “Checking a cervix for dilation may be more uncomfortable for a woman with a posterior cervix, but this is just because it’s hard to reach,” says Lauren Demosthenes, MD, OB-GYN, and senior medical director with Babyscripts.