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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am pregnant for the second time. I went for my usual check-up at 33 weeks. The doctor told me that my baby is in breech position - bottom down. My questions are: 1. Is it true that 2nd or 3rd child will "turn" later than the first child? 2. I am very scared of cesarean. How can I increase my chances of having a normal delivery. 3. I am in my 36 weeks pregnancy already, Since I am carrying a boy, I was told that I will deliver early or only before my expected due date. Is this true?

Lavniya (St. Louis, USA)

A: In the second & subsequent pregnancies, babies do take longer to turn & sometimes turn even around the due date. A regular follow up will help to determine if the baby has turned or not. The time of delivery of the baby does not depend on the sex of the baby but can depend upon the position of the baby.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: One of my friend who is in the 35th week of pregnancy was asked to take Bricanyl for 2 weeks in order to turn the baby which was in the breech position. She was about to take this medicine when she learnt from another friend that she was giving Bricanyl syrup to her three-year old son since he was pre-asthamatic. My freind decided not to take Bricanyl. Was the doctor correct in presribing it for turning the baby?

Swati (Gohati, India)

A: I will not be able to give an opinion on 'Bricanyl' as I have no experience of using the same for changing position of the baby.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: My wife is in her 40th wk of pregnancy and the baby's head has still not engaged into the birth canal. Is it normal? Are there any exercises to facilitate the engagement of the baby's head? My doctor says that she will wait until the due date and then induce labour to get the baby's head engaged. Please advise.

Seema (Philadelphia, USA)

A: Yes, it is normal for the baby's head not to get engaged at full term, especially if it is a second delivery. A trial of induction of labour would be indicated at full term. So go by what your doctor has advised.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: This is my first pregnancy. I am in my 34th week. I have learnt that the baby is in breech position. Will the position of the baby change? If not, can I still have a normal delivery or would I have to undergo a c-section.

Kaveri (Mumbai, India)

A: They baby's position can change even when you are in labour, so you will have to wait and watch. When you start getting labour pains, if the baby's position is still breech and doesn't change, you may need to undergo a c-section. But what is more important is that you have a healthy baby and not whether you give birth the natural way or by caesarean.

Dr. Purnima

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