Originally Posted by Dia
For all the mommas who know what positions their babies are, can you share how you know? This is my first pregnancy and I am little behind many of you (at 25 weeks), but I can't really tell what position he is in. I feel tons of movement but for me it doesn't translate into "that's a foot" or "that's a head". Is your assessment based on your care providers' telling you the position at your appointments?
i had to learn this early on as my midwives on my first kept thinking head and butt were confused and i saw ultrasounds and the baby would KICK and it would be a clear sensation.
this is my 4th, and when you feel small fluttery hiccups (rhythmic and gentle) wherever you feel them strongest is the shoulders/head. the feet will get more distinct as the baby gets bigger. the feet would be this strong pushing, starting off w/ sharp little heels, and then big ole full-grown baby foot (which is CRAZY). Head is very round, and when you're laying on your back, you can often feel it as a smooth round bulb, while the butt is bonier and not as moveable. and the butt and feet are usually around the same area. i can lay on my back still pretty well (dozed off this morning on my back and woke up panicked, but i don't think it was for long) so this one the head's not down, but it's down low b/c the shoulders are. little fists down there too poking out, so baby is posterior. big longer limbs up top and bony butt make me think it's resting towards my right back side, where all my babies sit. i also don't have a very taught uterus, so i can poke and feel almost every part. i carry long and can feel the back and so then it's just a matter of figuring out which side is up.
i don't get to see my midwife often, so it's a lot up to me. my midwives in my first two pregnancies were actually often disagreeing with me on position and i saw lots of ultrasounds to confirm my suspicions. and so now i am quite confident in identifying these little things.