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When should you not get external cephalic version (ECV)?

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An ECV isn't right for you if you're expecting more than one baby at a time or you need a C-section for other health reasons.

It also works best on women with a pear-shaped womb and not those with a heart-shaped womb, called a bicornuate uterus.

Other reasons your doctor might tell you not to get an ECV are:

  • You have vaginal bleeding within 7 days of the procedure.
  • Your baby has an abnormal heartbeat or health problems.
  • Your water has broken.

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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