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Enough Time Left to Turn Head Down?
by Nancy Sullivan, CNM, MS, FACNM
Q. I'm 34 weeks and have a fibroid that makes lying sideways quite attractive to the baby. Is there still time for him to turn head down?
A. If the baby is a little big, he may have a harder time turning. However, 34 weeks is still time for the baby to decide to turn by himself. You can encourage him by lying in the knee/chest position (butt up) for twenty minutes twice a day. Most babies do not stay in the transverse position late in pregnancy because, well, because they don't like being all squished. The head down position is the most comfortable, and about 95% of babies usually assume it by the time they are born.
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