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Updated April 09, 2014

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Fetal Head Molding
Fetal head molding is often seen only for a day or two after birth.

Fetal head molding is often seen only for a day or two after birth.

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Molding is the term used to describe the look to your baby's head after birth, when it's a bit misshapen. As your baby is coming down into the pelvis, the fetal skull will actually alter its shape to fit. The plates of bones in your baby's head slide over one another. This will resolve itself within a day or two after birth.

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