As a baby grows during pregnancy, it can move a lot and put itself in different positions. Keeping an eye on a baby’s position can be just as important as regularly checking their growth and heartbeat since it greatly impacts the baby’s health — especially when it comes to the position they’re in just before labor.
This is the position that most babies get into before labor begins and it is considered the best position for them to be in. While in this position, the baby’s head will be down in the pelvis of the mother, with its back facing its mother’s belly, allowing it to press down on and open the cervix during labor. If a baby is lying slightly to the left or right, the position can be called left occiput anterior (LOA) or right occiput anterior (ROA), respectively.