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What are the risks of getting external cephalic version (ECV)?

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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.

From: What Is External Cephalic Version? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Pregnancy Birth & Baby: "External cephalic version (ECV)."

Mayo Clinic: "Fetal presentation before birth."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "If Your Baby Is Breech."

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: "Turning a breech baby in the womb (external cephalic version)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Pregnancy Birth & Baby: "External cephalic version (ECV)."

Mayo Clinic: "Fetal presentation before birth."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "If Your Baby Is Breech."

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: "Turning a breech baby in the womb (external cephalic version)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2018

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