(Closed) Figuring out your baby’s position from the outside?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I do this at work frequently (I’m not that good at it yet), but generally they tell us to feel for the baby’s back, and then the head is harder than the butt.  When in doubt, the head is more often down (like 90% of the time by term), but at 30 weeks the baby can still flip around a bit.  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

If your baby’s heartbeat is found in your lower belly when you go to your appts, that means she is head down. Also, your practitioner is trained to determine your baby’s position by palpitation so, they may not do any extra ultrasounds if they don’t find them to be necessary.

Up until last week, my baby has been head down and it was easy to tell that his butt was the bulge at the top of my belly. Hearing the heartbeat at each appointment was a big confirmation every time. Last week though, he decided to turn transverse. he’s back to being up and down, but im not sure whether he’s still head down. it feels different to me but i dont know if it’s just because i’m worrying myself into thinking he’s completely flipped. it definitely feels harder up top now & if i push on that area, he doesnt give me as much of a reaction as he used to. I have an appointment this week, so i’ll let you know what position he is in and if the change in feeling means he is head up.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@firsttimemom: ugh! i feel the same way now! I know he’s been head down since 27 weeks and I’ve been so excited that I didn’t need to worry about him being breech. Now, I’m worried that my plans for a natural birth experience aren’t going to happen and i’ll be headed for a csection. 🙁

i hope your little one cooperates and turn head down soon!!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

When this baby flipped head down I definatly knew- so much more pressure down there!  That happened at apx 33 weeks.  Now at 37 weeks her feet are always in my ribs!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@eeniebeans:  No joke!  The head down thing puts a lot of pressure down on your cervix.  I’m almost 34 weeks and he’s been like this for about 4 weeks.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Last week my dr. just pressed on my belly to feel where the baby was. She said that this is how they will know if the baby is breech or not because they don’t do an untrasound. I keep feeling my belly but I have no idea what I am feeling!! haha!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

that was the funnest thing for me! my daughter would put her hands on my bladder and feel on my sciatic nerve and stretch like a cat! i could feel her butt in my ribs and i knew it was because she would move her head around so i knew which end was which and she didnt flip a lot!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The technique for external exam is called “Leopold’s Maneuvers” and is kind of old school. (You could probably google that and find some cool youtube videos). The people that tend to be good at it are super seasoned nurses. After my OB rotation and lots of practice, I still suck at it!  The basics were:   Long flat surface (hard)= back,  small round bits: hands/feet,  small, round, hard & moves independently=head, softer symmetrical bump=butt.  It’s easier to feel if you use one hand to keep your belly steady then use the other hand to press (otherwise each time you press, it just moves the baby!)

The order of figuring it out was to start at the fundus (top of the uterus) then work your way to the bellybutton, then just above pubic bone (really really old school people will use thumb and fingers, but most nowadays use palms/hands), finally work one hand on each side down toward your pubic area.

So when you start at the top and figure out what part it is, the remaining parts will make sense as you move down toward the pubic area. 

GOOD LUCK!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve been wondering the same thing, ever since the nurse in L&D told us that she’s laying in the transverse position (at 24 weeks).  When I lay on my stomach I can see what I think is her head bulging out right below my right ribcage ,probably because the nurse pointed at the bulge and told me that was her head, see how gullable I am LOL. 

I think I’ve been seeing an elbow swipe across the top of my belly the past few nights, it’s so sharp and hard that I can almost pinch it!
I’m so nervous that she isn’t going to flip head down, I ask my Dr. at my last appointment and he said they won’t worry until closer to 34 weeks. 

I’m going to check out that belly mapping book, that would be so cool!

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