Baby Is In Transverse Position: Will Baby Turn By Delivery?

At 28 weeks, I am on strict bedrest, and my baby is a tranverse position. Does bedrest make it difficult for the baby to turn head down? Also, how viable would it be for my baby to be delivered at 28 weeks?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

Gravity does help turn babies and keep them in position, but at 28 weeks, it is still early for you to be really concerned about position. Your baby is small and can turn at any time. If he or she persists in this postion, your provider may do an ultrasound to determine if there is a reason for this (short cord, placental position, shape of the uterus, etc.) and if it looks safe, he or she may turn the baby in the last month.

I wish there was an easy answer for you concerning viability but, of course, it depends upon so many factors. At 28 weeks, when the baby is appropriate size for dates and receives the expert care of a newborn intensive care nursery, most do survive. When babies are spared lung problems, infections and intracranial bleeding, they actually do very well. But each day that you can keep the baby inside is like a week in an intensive care nursery.

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