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Babies often move down between the pelvic bones (descend) before birth. If this is your first pregnancy, this may happen 2 to 4 weeks before labor. With repeat pregnancies, the baby may not “drop” until labor begins. The baby usually moves down head first. If your baby is not in a safe position for birth, or if there is a problem with the placenta, you may need special care. A cesarean may also be needed.
Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD): Baby’s head is too big for the pelvis.
Breech position: Baby is positioned with feet or buttocks first.
Transverse position: Baby lies horizontally across the pelvis.
Placental abruption: Placenta separates from the uterus.
Placenta previa: Placenta blocks the cervix.