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What is a transverse lie?

Last Updated: 6th June, 2020

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Transverse Lie” is a sideways position. The baby has his head to one of his mother's sides and the bottom across her abdomen at her other side. This is normal before 26 weeks. By 29-30 weeks we expect babies to be head down, or at least breech. Begin techniques if baby is not head down by 30-31 weeks.

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In this regard, what causes transverse lie in pregnancy?

Prematurity (this is the most common risk factor for transverse lie at the time of delivery; babies are often in a transverse lie early in pregnancy) Multiparity. Placenta previa. Polyhydramnios.

Similarly, how do you know if baby is lying transverse? In a transverse lie, the baby's back might be positioned:

  1. Down, with the back facing the birth canal.
  2. With one shoulder pointing toward the birth canal.
  3. Up, with the hands and feet facing the birth canal.

Just so, is transverse lie dangerous?

Breech babies are at risk of injury and a prolapsed umbilical cord. Transverse lie is the most serious abnormal presentation, and it can lead to injury of the uterus (ruptured uterus) as well as fetal injury.

Are transverse babies normal?

It's completely normal for babies to be lying in a transverse position in the early to mid-stages of pregnancy. However, during the last trimester your baby must be ready to travel through the pelvis and he simply won't fit through the birth canal if he is still lying sideways.

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Theresa Riancho

Professional

Does transverse baby mean C section?

Transverse lie means that your baby is lying sideways across your tummy, rather than in a head-down position. If not, your doctor will recommend a planned caesarean as it won't be possible for your baby to be born vaginally. You may also have extra care in the final weeks of your pregnancy.

Wahida Abreu

Professional

Can transverse babies be delivered naturally?

Delivering a Transverse Baby
It is almost impossible to deliver a transverse baby vaginally. So if a baby is still lying sideways at term or when labor begins, a C-section (caesarean) may be the safest option for delivering the baby.

Jakub Felkerzam

Explainer

Can transverse turn 38 weeks?

Most babies are head down by 28-30 weeks gestation while a few babies wait to settle head down until 31-34 weeks. Fewer babies still transverse at 34-36 weeks can get head down on their own. Late in pregnancy it becomes more difficult to help the transverse baby to become head down.

Donovan Schulwitz

Explainer

How can you tell if baby is head down?

Head-down (cephalic) position
If you have a lump to the left or the right at the top of your tummy, try pressing gently on it. If you feel your baby's whole body move, it suggests that he's in a head-down position. You may also notice that you feel his hiccups below your belly button.

Randall Tolley

Pundit

What Week Should a baby be head down?

Most babies generally settle in the head-down position around the 33- to 36-week range. This is the ideal and safest position for delivery.

Hayde Taddia

Pundit

How can I get my baby to turn head down?

External cephalic version (ECV) ECV is one way to turn a baby from breech position to head down position while it's still in the uterus. It involves the doctor applying pressure to your stomach to turn the baby from the outside. Sometimes, they use ultrasound as well.

Francesc Buschken

Pundit

Which side of the womb does a baby boy lie?

As the myth goes, if you sleep on your left side it's a boy. Right side equals girl.

Patrici Embarba

Pundit

Is a breech birth more painful?

A vaginal breech birth need not be more difficult or painful than a headfirst birth. However, like headfirst births, breech births vary. If a baby's feet or knees are coming first, labour is less likely to go smoothly and you may be advised to opt for a caesarean.

Giedrius Bruijn

Pundit

How is amniotic fluid made?

Amniotic fluid is present from the formation of the gestational sac. Amniotic fluid is in the amniotic sac. It is generated from maternal plasma, and passes through the fetal membranes by osmotic and hydrostatic forces. When fetal kidneys begin to function in about week 16, fetal urine also contributes to the fluid.

Humaira Millaruelo

Teacher

What is unstable lie in pregnancy?

Unstable lie Refers to the frequent changing of fetal lie and presentation in late pregnancy. (usually refers to pregnancies > 37 weeks)1. Lie. Refers to the relationship between the longitudinal axis of the fetus and that of. its mother, which may be longitudinal, transverse or oblique.

Niculina Rima

Teacher

How long can a baby be in the birth canal?

Prolonged labor is when labor lasts longer than 20 hours for a first-time mother and longer than 14 hours for a woman who's given birth before. Nurses and doctors will monitor your baby's progress through the birth canal during labor. This includes monitoring fetal heart rate and your contractions during delivery.

Mariamu Rosenbau

Teacher

Can baby change position once head down?

Most babies get into a vertex, or head down, position near the end of your pregnancy, between 33 and 36 weeks. Even babies who are breech up until the very end of pregnancy can turn at the last minute. Typically, once a baby is head down and low enough in your pelvis, they'll stay put.

Arcadio Jadne

Teacher

What are the risk factors of placenta previa?

Risk factors
  • Have had a baby.
  • Have scars on the uterus, such as from previous surgery, including cesarean deliveries, uterine fibroid removal, and dilation and curettage.
  • Had placenta previa with a previous pregnancy.
  • Are carrying more than one fetus.
  • Are age 35 or older.
  • Are of a race other than white.
  • Smoke.
  • Use cocaine.

Djillali MarsiƱach

Reviewer

Is ECV dangerous for baby?

ECVs are generally safe, but there are some risks. In rare cases, it can cause changes in your baby's heart rate, tearing of the placenta, and preterm labor. The procedure is usually done near a delivery room in case you need an emergency C-section.

Benabdellah Litant

Reviewer

What can happen with twins?

Identical twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits into two. Fraternal twins occur when two, separate eggs are fertilized by two, separate sperm. Fraternal twins do not share the exact same genes — they are no more alike than they are to their siblings from different pregnancies.

Bobbye Comos

Reviewer

Which side is the womb located left or right?

Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on the left side also improves circulation to the heart and allows for the best blood flow to the fetus, uterus, and kidneys. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends.

Naeem Grammatin

Reviewer

Which side of the stomach is the womb located?

Uterus. Also called the womb, the uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum.

Abdelillah Weingard

Supporter

What position is baby in at 29 weeks?

By about 32 weeks the baby is usually lying with their head pointing downwards ready for birth. This is known as 'cephalic presentation'. If your baby isn't lying head down at this stage, it's not a cause for concern — there is still time for them to turn.

Yohanny Mignon

Supporter

What do baby hiccups feel like?

As well as kicks, rolls, and jabs, a woman may also notice fetal hiccups. Identifying fetal hiccups can be difficult. A woman may notice, however, that the sensation of hiccups is more rhythmic than other movements. Some people have described it as a twitch or pulsating feeling that is akin to a muscle spasm.