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Dear Rachael: Health Check: Can I have my baby normally?

Q MY first baby was born by Caesarean three years ago as he was in a breech position. I've just found out I'm pregnant again and really want to have my second child naturally. Is it possible?

Lauren

A YES, as long as there are no other complications. Women can give birth naturally after a Caesarean section, depending on why the op was necessary.

If you have a small pelvis or narrow birth canal, then you will probably need another Caesarean. If not, and baby No 2 is healthy and head down you could deliver normally.

Talk it over with your GP or midwife to set your mind at rest.Help me to go natural

Q I SUFFER from eczema but hate using steroid creams which the doctor gives me. They make my skin feel tight and strange. I'd like to try natural remedies but I don't know where to start.

Carly

A AROUND 10 million people a year in Britain use complementary medicine and a third of GPs offer it. Don't stop treatment without discussing it with your doctor, but for details contact the British Complementary Medicine Association (www.bcma. co.uk) on 0845 3455977.Yuppy flu is baffling

Q MY 17-year-old daughter has been off college for months now with ME, or "yuppy flu". Is this a real illness?

Tony

A MYALGIC encephalitis (or chronic fatigue syndrome) affects around 240,000 sufferers a year in Britain and can be linked to conditions like depression. There is still a lot not understood about it, but it isn't all in the mind. Be more supportive and learn about it on charity Action for ME's website www.afme.org.uk.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2005
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