Slide show: Fetal positions before birth
Illustration of baby lying sideways
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This baby is in a transverse lie — positioned horizontally across the uterus, rather than vertically. In a transverse lie, the baby's back might be positioned down, with one shoulder pointing toward the birth canal, or up, with the hands and feet facing the birth canal. Although many babies lie sideways early in pregnancy, few babies begin labor in this position.

Your health care provider might try to rotate the baby manually by placing his or her hands on your abdomen, then pushing or lifting (external version). If labor has already begun, a C-section is recommended.

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