I'm just curious as to whether the rest of you ladies can tell what position your baby is in now, and if so, what is it? My baby is still lying transverse at 23 weeks, so the top of my uterus is still below my belly button. I know that it's not a concern at this point that my baby hasn't turned vertical yet, but it seems like the few other women I know from my prenatal yoga class who are due in July have more fully round stomachs like their babies are vertical, one way or the other. Or if you've been pregnant before, do you remember when your babies turned vertical?
What position is your baby in now?
I'm 22 weeks and last visit to the MW, they said the baby was transverse. It moves a lot, and I usually feel a lot of movement just above my pubic bone, so I'm not sure if s/he is changing positions or dangling their limbs down! I often have a pokey pressure in the middle left side of my belly, kind of horizontal with my belly button, and I was feeling that when I went to see the MW last.
All this to say, I'm not sure! I keep trying to palpate and figure out how they are positioned, but I think they are moving around a lot.
we just had our 20 week scan today and it was almost breech. :( I remember with DS he was transverse at the time and we never checked again until he came out vtx. I know a lot can happen in the next 19 weeks so I'm assuming this one will turn around. if not I'm one sad chick going to be in desperate search of a provider who will let me deliver a breech baby normally.
I don't think the umbilical cord is a factor. As far as I know, the baby's position is just determined by its own movement and comfort. However, those things can be influenced by any number of factors, including the location of the placenta and the physical space around the uterus (i.e., which direction is easiest for it to stretch). Also, the more previous pregnancies you have had, the greater the likelihood of a baby being in a transverse position because the uterus stretches out more easily and the baby often just gets cozy in that position early on and stays there. But this is my first pregnancy. Hopefully it will turn soon! Occasionally it curls up into a ball, but usually it just seems to be lying flat and horizontal.
I don't know. I think they all sit transverse at some point. I wouldn't be surprised if the baby breakdanced in a complete circle seconds after the midwife checked. I never thought they stayed in one position for too long. At least mine never did. My babies turn head down at about 32 weeks and from that point they stay put. I think it might have something to do with amniotic fluid volume too. I had polyhydramnios last pregnancy and there was no limits to what that boy could do in utero.
This early on, it's difficult to be sure, and the baby may frequently change positions anyway. But you can often get a good idea just from where you feel the strongest movements (most likely the legs/feet), smaller movements (most likely the arms), and largest bump (the head). Also, if you know where the doctor/midwife finds the heartbeat with the Doppler, that is another indicator. See www.spinningbabies.com for more information on figuring out your baby's position and getting into the right position later in the pregnancy.
I'm fairly sure this baby is still breech (and hoping against hope that he/she turns!). At my last appointment (4 weeks ago) baby was breech and I'm still feeling alot of dancing on my bladder. My MW visit is tommorow so I'll get the position confirmed once again. I can find the head pretty consistently on my upper/right side.