1. A breech baby is positioned buttocks-down rather than head-down in the uterus. The type of breech depends on where the baby’s legs are. Let me explain the variations: Complete breech. The baby is in a sitting position, with his legs crossed. Frank breech. The baby’s legs are straight up, folded flat against his face. His arms may be around the legs. Footling breech. One leg is fully extended; the other is folded under. Double footling breech. Both legs are fully extended. Another unusual position is transverse. In this case, the baby lies horizontally, across the uterus. Babies move around a great deal in the uterus and are likely to be in many positions over the course of a pregnancy. Your baby could have been in a complete breech position at one time and could have extended a leg into a footling position at another time.

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