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Is normal delivery possible when the baby's head is not fixed at 37 weeks?

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Dr. Richa Agarwal

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Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 in Pregnancy
Question: My wife is 37 weeks 4 days pregnant. We were visiting our doctor and as per all the reports everything is normal till now. Unfortunately she had to take off for 2 weeks for personal reasons. We went to another hospital and the doctor there said- head is fixed, it is still rotating. It generally gets fixed by the start of 9th month. Now there are nil chances of normal delivery due to this. What I've read on net is there have been multiple cases when head is not fixed till the end. Should we go to another doctor at this point?
As per reports till now, we were expecting normal delivery.
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal 40 minutes later
Brief Answer:
You can wait and watch for start of labour pain.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Thanks for trusting hcm about your health care.
I have gone through your history and understand your concerns.
It is true that engagement of head occurs at the starting of nine months.
But in your case it is still not engaged could be due to loop of cord round neck.
You can wait and watch till labour pain start, than see the progression of labour.
Progression decide whether there is a chance of normal delivery or not.
Hope found useful, feel free to ask more information.
Good luck.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Richa Agarwal 36 minutes later
last week ultrasound says- no cord / neck
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Wait and watch for it.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
You just wait and watch for your labour pain.
Hope found useful.
Good luck.
Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Richa Agarwal 7 minutes later
will labor pain happen naturally in case head is but fixed?
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
It depends.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Sorry for the delay in my response.
Labor pain usually starts after head get engaged.
But head may get engaged during labor also.
Labor may get started without engagement of head and if dilatation is good,head get engaged and normal delivery may occur.
So in some cases, head may get engaged during labor and normal delivery may occur.
Hope found usefu.
Good luck.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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