Baby is Sunny Side Up!!! How Will It Affect the Delivery?

When your baby is head-down within your womb but it is face-up towards your belly instead of face-down towards your lower back the position of the baby is medically termed as occiput posterior (OP) or generally called sunny side up. It is nothing uncommon. In fact, many babies assume occiput posterior position at the beginning of the labor when they are born. The percentage of sunny side up babies among the newborn babies is found higher among the first-time mothers. The position of the baby changes often more than one time during the labor and only 4-10% of babies are found posterior at birth.

If the baby is posterior during labor, does it bring back pain?

Not all the back pain signs baby is sunny side up. A revelation from the study in the USA on nearly 700 pregnant women in 2005 says that more than 1 in every 4 moms reported having back pain at the time admission in the hospital. But factually, moms gave birth with face-up babies were not likely to complain of back pain than those moms whose babies were facing down or sideways. So this common assumption of relating back-pain with a baby is sunny side up has no strong base. Whether or not the baby is sunny side up can be better judged using ultrasound at the first stage of labor instead of clinical judgment.

If the baby is posterior at birth, how will it affect the birth?

If your baby is sunny side up at birth, the position often takes a longer labor and the head of the baby has to rotate further during labor so that the baby can come out safely. However, there has been a significant risk associated with such posterior position and you may require assisted vaginal delivery or a C-section. Though it sounds a bit frightening still an assisted delivery in an experienced hand is considered safe in a vaginal delivery when your baby’s head is low enough in the birth canal. If your doctor goes with assisted delivery but unable to brings your baby out safely and timely then you will need to have a C-section.

Whether or not the maternal position can influence the baby’s position?

The maternal position is thought to have an influence on the fetal position during pregnancy and birth. There are some shreds of evidence that have come out from the study claim in for and against such thought. However, fetal position talks about the fetal position within the womb. A baby changes its position within the womb but it does not occur randomly. Maternal position supports your womb to get a relatively balanced position which in turn gives you a gravity-friendly position of the baby during pregnancy and birth. Now the question is if the baby is sunny side up how to turn it? Pregistry suggests that contractions of labor may help you out a posterior rotation to an anterior position with time. And this time needed for rotation can be reduced when you apply for gravity-friendly maternal positions.

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